Who would make the best mayor for Merced? After listening to the debate hosted by the League of Women Voters, Stan Thurston deserves another term in office.
In the past, our City Council has added permit fees taxing an individual. Several permits are needed to start a business or to expand a business. Thurston has taken the role of leadership and worked with the council at lowering fees paid by businesses. It will encourage businesses to come to Merced. Our problem has been competing with counties that offer lower fees and taxes. Supervisors should follow Thurstons leadership.
Another reason for electing Thurston: Stan supported programs for the youths in this city and has supported help to the homeless. Stan realizes they need education programs, too.
Thurston has made an effort to keep police and firemen on the job to protect our town. They are key to keeping people safe from gangs and fire hazards.
Most importantly, Thurston has had experience as a lawyer. Thurston has an analytical ability to decipher new laws passed by Congress and the state. Stan will continue to be a tremendous asset as the mayor.