Q & A with Jerry Braxmeyer, running for CSD Board

Q & A with Jerry Braxmeyer, running for CSD Board

 

 

This November residents within the boundaries of the Cosumnes Community Services District will be voting on two seats on the board of directors.  One of those running is long time Elk Grove resident Jerry Braxmeyer.

 

  1. How long have you lived in Elk Grove? 

My family has a long history in Elk Grove – my grandparents were volunteers for the first Western Festival in Elk Grove back in 1957.  I was born and raised here, attending Elk Grove schools and starting my business here.

 

  1. What is your background?

I have five children and am grandfather to four grandsons.  I graduated from Elk Grove High School and then went on later to attend Lincoln Law School where I obtained my JD Degree.  In 2010, I started a business here in Elk Grove.

I have a long history of community involvement in Elk Grove. I served on the Elk Grove Food Bank Board of Directors as the Vice Chairman from 2012 to 2018.  In 2017, I joined the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce Board to help support local businesses.

In 2016, I founded J.B.’s Pedaling4Kindness – a non-profit that collects new bikes for kids in Elk Grove during the holidays.  Since then, we have collected more than 125 bikes that have been donated to local charities including the Elk Grove Food Bank and Chicks in Crisis.

 

  1. What prompted you to run for the CSD board? 

After years of giving back to the community through working with non-profits and the business community, I wanted to do more.  As someone who has lived in Elk Grove for more than 50 years, I remember when we were a small town and the baseball or football coach would have to leave practice because they were part of the volunteer fire department and got a call.

I am proud of the reputation of the CSD – the excellent parks and second to none fire service.  I want to maintain that excellence.  I am not a career politician, nor do I plan to be. We need to put people above politics and community service above political parties.

 

4.The CSD oversees parks and the fire department. Both are highly regarded by the community. What do you think that you can bring to the board? 

I bring a true sense of community since I have lived here for over 50 years and have served in a variety of ways over the years.  As a business owner, I understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and making sure every dollar is spent wisely.  I am committed to ensuring that the taxpayer dollars that the CSD is entrusted with are used efficiently and that the community gets the most benefit out of those dollars.

 

  1. What areas would you like to focus more on?

So much of what makes the CSD great are the employees that work with the public day in and day out. One priority I have is ensuring that we take care of those employees by providing the best wages, benefits, equipment and training so we can attract the best candidates.

I would also like to focus on the long term funding for both parks and fire.  On the parks side, we need to adequately fund the Lighting and Landscaping funds so that we are able to maintain the parks we have and plan for new ones.  We also need to plan for future growth for the fire department, making sure that money is set aside for new fire stations and personnel.

Finally, I believe that transparency and communication are both key to the success of any board member.  I am committed to listening to both the public and employees to ensure that the District is meeting their needs and hearing their concerns.

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