If you followed the Simi Valley election in 2008, then you already know Mike Judge. He ran a good race for a newcomer, ranking well in the final vote count with 17% of the votes. Other newcomers scored 8%, 6% and 3% of the total votes. I saw a lot of signs for Mike Judge and heard more buzz about him in the community than any other newcomers in the race.
Mike Judge has been a police officer for the LAPD for 20 years, has been a long time resident of the City of Simi Valley where he and his wife are raising three children, and is a self-described “conservative, law and order, pro-business candidate.” I asked him some straightforward questions the other day which he answered promptly so that I can share his remarks with you.
Vote Simi Valley: Both Glen Becerra and Michelle Foster are running for re-election. Is your campaign specifically targeting one of the incumbents, or are you asking the voters to simply elect you to one of the open seats?
Mike Judge: I have entered the election process for Simi Valley City Council because I want to serve my city. I am sure that all of the candidates, including the incumbents, will be sharing their ideas and goals in order to win the support of the voters. Our city is facing many challenges in this time of a weak economy. Every citizen and business is looking for solutions from community leaders to lead the city in the right direction. Over the next several months, serious discussion and debate of those issues by all the candidates should take place.
This upcoming election is not about the incumbents, the status quo or the typical political tactics of the past. People across the country (including Simi Valley) are unhappy with government’s rapid growth and spending. The voters of Simi Valley will decide what type of leaders will be best for their families and their businesses.
Vote Simi Valley: In local elections, name recognition is an important asset. How do you plan to “get your name out” to the Simi Valley voters?
Mike Judge: In the past, name recognition was important but an informed electorate will ultimately elect their leaders for specific reasons, not popularity. I do believe that people are more interested in learning about the candidates today than ever before. Ideas, character and integrity should be the foundation of the voter’s decision making process. It is my job to inform the voters of Simi Valley of my background, commitment and my recommendations in moving the city in the right direction. I will do everything possible to reach and inform the people of Simi Valley.
Vote Simi Valley: How will the Simi Valley City Council be better or more effective with Mike Judge as a Councilmember?
Mike Judge: This upcoming election is not about whether the City Council will be better or more effective. This election is all about moving Simi Valley in a positive direction. Government is not the solution to our economic problems. Government is the problem… Leadership is the solution. Leaders must be dedicated and committed in improving the opportunities for our people and businesses to prosper. My hope is to become one of those leaders.
Thanks for participating, Mike. I look forward to chatting with you more during the course of your campaign. Good luck!