Name: Victor Rodriguez
Age: 62. Texas-born, Idaho-raised.
Occupation: Retired Detective from the Nampa Police Department after a 40-year law enforcement career.
Education: Master certification with the Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training; attended College of Southern Idaho Junior College; Burley High School.
Prior Political Experience: I have never had the honor of running for any political office.
Civic Involvement: Nampa Planning and Zoning Commissioner (10 months); Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho board member (2 years); Optimist Football League of Nampa board member (1 year); St Paul's Catholic Church Knights of Columbus member (2 years); St Paul's Catholic Church The Columbians of Nampa board vice-president (2 years); Kiwanis of Nampa member (1 month); City of Nampa Storm Water Advisory Group member (7 months); West Creek Homeowners Association president (7 years).
Years of living in Nampa: 13
Family: Wife, Delsie Rodriguez, four children, 17 grandchildren
Facebook: Victor E Rodriguez
Endorsements: Snake River Valley Building Contractors Association.
1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponents?
My goal is to help lead and actively participate in the growth and economic development of Nampa. In 2012, I retired from the Nampa Police Department after a 40-year law enforcement career. My career as a public servant gives me the needed expertise to excel as a Nampa City Councilman. I am very proactive and enjoy working with people at every level. I also bring cultural diversity to our community, which will eventually increase our growth, tourism and economy. I am a strong advocate of community safety for our citizens, children and students.
2. If elected, what are you top three priorities? How will you accomplish them?
One: Be proactive regarding economic development by bringing in corporations, companies and industrial businesses which will increase our economy, employment and revenue and most importantly reduce the tax levies for the citizens. Specific plan: Create an Economic Development Commission comprised of successful businesses men and women to form a plan of how to bring businesses to our city.
Two: Be diligent with fiscal management, smart spending, which will strengthen the Nampa city budget and put it on solid ground. Specific plan: My decisions regarding the Nampa City government will be decided by the following: Is this project beneficial to the city, can we afford the project and what would the citizens want me to do.
Three: Ensure public safety of our community so families and citizens can feel secure to attend family functions at our parks and public places because of the presence and support of the Nampa police. I will also keep the Nampa Fire Dept. strong so when we need a fireman for fire protection of our homes and property or are in need of medical attention by the paramedics, they will be there for us.
3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?
I will encourage all citizens in Nampa to support our local businesses, which are the infrastructure of our community. By supporting them the businesses will see an increase of sales and profit. As a result the businesses will employ people and increase the economy. I will assist the Nampa Chamber of Commerce in any way I can with the objective to direct our community to shop in Nampa. Whenever possible, I will give priority to the local businesses for city projects.
4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?
According to the 2035 Nampa Comprehensive Plan, the city of Nampa will increase in population and size. Land use will change accordingly to the area's where it is expected to grow. Mixed land use will also change to accommodate businesses. The city of Nampa will have to be prepared to accommodate for the growth for utilities such as sewer, water, parks, streets and transportation routes. Another important factor to our city is the Nampa School District who will be working hand in hand with the city of Nampa in anticipation of the increase of students and families.
5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters. How would you get more people involved?
When I started my campaign in January, I decided to meet with as many people as I could and find out what their concerns were regarding economic development, taxes, social issues and opinion of city government. One of the surprising responses was about the public apathy many people expressed. In response, I expressed a concern that all should be involved with our community and asked them to get involved. But on the other hand, I also spoke with many volunteers and community based organizations, and found all to be very active members in our community. As a city councilman, I plan on keeping a friendship with all the organizations and with the citizens so that all will have a voice and share the vision for the city of Nampa with me.
6. What are the top two issues facing Nampa and how should they be addressed?
Two major issues are taxes and revenue. These two subjects go hand in hand. Increase the revenue and the levy will reduce. One of the most important factors is to increase our economy by bringing new industrial businesses and corporations to our city. This by itself will increase our economy, employment and growth, which equals a solid balanced budget. We must find solutions to increase tourism, focus on our assets and use our resources to help with our economy. I will keep the tax burden at a minimum for our citizens and find alternatives to fund the city's expenses.
7. If tax revenues take an upswing in the next few years. Which part of the city government do you think most needs an infusion of cash and why?
Public works and the street fund reserves. The city of Nampa received available funding from the state, federal and local in the amount of $11 million. However, unfunded projects total $5.6 million. The other issue is the deferred capital maintenance which those necessary projects or replacement items have gone unfunded. If these projects are not funded our streets and infrastructure projects will eventually catch up to us with increased costs. Also the water and the wastewater divisions have been affected by the fall of the economy and both are in dire need of upgrades.
8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts and why?
I would first meet with the finance director and other councilmen to determine what cuts can be done first or if there are any alternatives. But then again if cuts are necessary then I would begin by not replacing retiring employees or employees who resign. I would sell unnecessary equipment and not replace any vehicles or equipment that is not needed. I would also make cuts from the nonessential departments.