VACAVILLE — A new hat was tossed into the rather small ring Wednesday for the mayor’s seat in Vacaville.
Along with Ron Rowlett, currently is a city councilman, 18-year-old Rodney Harrison has pulled candidate papers with the likelihood of vying for the seat that will be vacated after Steve Hardy ends his term in December.
Hardy decided not to seek re-election due to health issues.
Harrison, who returned to Vacaville in June after living for several years in North Carolina, attended both Fairmont Elementary School and Vaca Peña Middle School. He was 14 when his family moved out of state. He is back with both his parents and his 12-year-old sister.
He decided to run for mayor instead of a City Council seat because “many things can be changed through the powers that the mayor has as opposed to the powers of a City Council seat.”
“I wanted to run for mayor because there are a lot of things that can be changed in the city of Vacaville for the better,” he said.
He cited changes for both the lower and middle classes. He said crime and escalating property taxes are at the forefront among city issued to be tackled. He said he also would like government political parties to compromise with one another, with neither a Democratic nor Republican domination.
“I think that right now the government could cooperate with one another, party-wise, more than they are doing,” he said.
Harrison’s passion for government began when he looked into the “detriments the government had at the federal, state and local level.” His foray into politics began first as a Senate page at age 15 and the next year as a governor’s page – both in North Carolina. He said that both positions taught him how to cooperate with both Democrats and Republicans “toward a common goal.”
His age, he said, shouldn’t be seen as a detriment.
“Voters should elect (a) mayor according to who is the best fit,” he said.
Harrison’s Facebook page is located at www.facebook.com/rodneyharrisonformayor.
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