Jason Fouyer has pulled papers for the general election this November, and the incumbent Grass Valley City Councilman has confirmed that he does intend to run for reelection.
Fouyer said that with a new city manager and a new way of doing business, Grass Valley is at a turning point.
“We’re really on the cusp of doing some great things,” Fouyer said. “Somebody needs to bridge the gap between the young working families and our retired community.”
The important thing, he said, is to find a balance so that both communities can share in the city’s success.
Fouyer made up his mind earlier this week, but it wasn’t easy, he said. The Fouyer family includes two children aged 5 and 8.
“My wife and I made this decision on Monday morning after months of deliberation,” Fouyer said. “This is something that we as a family feel that we all are committed to.
“It’s tough, though, if only for the fact that I’m raising a family,” he added.
Election season hasn’t really yet started, and it may be early to talk about political platforms and electoral strategy. But Fouyer says he plans to run a pretty simple campaign.
“My dad puts out signs for me, my mom handles the money,” Fouyer said. “I don’t have a campaign manager and I don’t have a committee.
“I run because I like the community, and politics aside, it’s more about doing the right thing than having a big platform,” he added.
So far there will be at least two opponents on the ballot for open seats, including Jim Firth and Jerri Glover.
Fouyer is confident, and somewhat hopeful, that more candidates will join in.
“It’s important for people to have a choice,” he said. “The larger discussions we’re having, the better the community is going to be.
“The more candidates on the ballot, the better for everybody, including the candidates, because we have to rise to the occasion and represent well,” he added.
According to city hall, the filing deadline would normally be at 5 p.m. Aug. 8.
Since incumbent Dan Miller won a seat on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors and will not be seeking reelection to the Grass Valley City Council, that deadline has been extended to 5 p.m. Aug. 13.
Completed packets must include a petition with at least 20 valid signatures.
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