Suisun City

Davenport eyes seat on Suisun council

By From page A3 | July 18, 2014

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Suisun City Council candidate Jan Davenport is challenging incumbents Mike Hudson and Jane Day for one of two seats on the city council this fall. (Robinson Kuntz/Daily Republic file)

SUISUN CITY — New blood, new ideas and new perspectives are what Suisun City Council candidate Jan Davenport says she will bring to the table if she’s elected this fall.

“I believe that we have the best city in Solano County and I want it to continue to be the best place,” Davenport said.

Davenport is running for the first time for one of the seats now held by Suisun City Council members Jane Day and Mike Hudson. Both Day and Hudson have taken out papers to keep their seats on the council.

A native of Detroit, Davenport came to Suisun City in 1996 when she was asked to take over as property manager for the senior apartment complex, Casa De Suisun.

The job was short-term, but Davenport loved Casa De Suisun and the Suisun City community so much that she stayed. She has since gotten involved with several community service groups, such as the Suisun City Community Services Foundation, of which she is now president, and the Senior Coalition of Solano County.

“I enjoy helping. It is part of my personality,” Davenport said. “I like to get involved in the community.”

Davenport ran unsuccessfully two years ago against Michael McMurry, who was running to replace his wife as Suisun City treasurer. She called her decision to run for the council an evolution of her work helping Suisun City and its residents. She calls it a public service and has no political ambitions beyond Suisun City, “which is where I can do the most good.”

“They need a representative who represents them,” Davenport said, noting that she doesn’t find some of the decisions the council has made recently reflected the needs of the community. “I don’t think people of the community would have voted in that manner.”

She said she will be accessible and approachable, make every effort to engage residents to determine Suisun City’s best course. Davenport said she is willing to field new ideas to see if they will help the community.

Improving the city’s budget, bringing in new businesses, knocking back crime, and improving housing and services, especially for older residents, are big issues for Davenport.

More work needs to be done to improve city revenues, she said. While the proposed income from Walmart – scheduled to open next year – is fine, she said a lot needs to be done to fill in the city’s business and shopping centers with new businesses that would generate jobs and help convince residents to meet one of Davenport’s adjunct goals – to get residents to shop more locally.

“Crime is a big issues and it is going to take a strong community to fight it,” Davenport said.

That means finding ways to inspire neighborhoods to work closely together through avenues such as neighborhood websites to improve public safety and building more connections among police, firefighters and residents, she said.

More needs to be done to meet the housing and services needs of older residents, said Davenport, who pointed out that 1 in 5 Solano County residents are over the age of 60 and that age group is expected to grow.

“We need to create housing that meets their needs,” Davenport said.

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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • BobJuly 18, 2014 - 5:48 am

    1. Does she own property in town? 2. Is she planing on buying property in town that the city council is planing on spending money on ? 3. Is she romantically involved with anyone on the current board? There are so many questions but like every other candidate she will go door to door so we can tell her what we would like to see fixed, just like the last woman that ran and won and then did nothing, and then she will do nothing and we won't ever see her again Get Pete out on Code patrol to write tickets since our last one is out on workers comp, wonder how that happened? Somebody has to get off the fancy cushions and clean the junk houses THAT PEOPLE LIVE IN not unoccupied houses they think they can make money on in a creepy deal with a creep contractor, you should see the poor work he does, I have

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  • Dave ShreeveJuly 18, 2014 - 9:51 am

    1. She tried to buy a home earlier this year but there were plumbing problems that scuttled the deal. As far as I know, she is still looking. 2. See above 3. No. As far as I know she is with someone, not me, and that person has nothing to do with local government. I currently reside in Casa de Suisun and have known her for over 2 1/2 years. She is not some fly by night politician looking to expand their resume. She will be getting my vote in November.

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  • MarkJuly 18, 2014 - 4:46 pm

    Hopefully she's different, but it sure sounds like the same song and dance all new candidates play. If she gets elected, we'll see. If people really want to make a change, get hired by the city and work your way into an important position. The city staff are the ones that are really running things.

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  • Ulises S. GuberJuly 18, 2014 - 10:19 pm

    here's an idea... Get a old time caboose, set it outside the train station , functional art, fun for kids, attracts people

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