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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:37 am, Sat Aug 11, 2012.

A Lodi native who owns a carpet cleaning business is challenging two Lodi City Council incumbents.

Mayor JoAnne Mounce and Councilman Bob Johnson are running for re-election. They have both served for eight years on the council, and each has had two terms as mayor.

Doug Kuehne, who owns King's Carpet Service on Guild Avenue, is the only person to vie for one of the spots. Kuehne served on the Lodi Planning Commission for two years until 2007, when he moved to Stockton.

Kuehne had remarried and had five teenagers, which necessitated the move because the only houses big enough for the family in Lodi were not affordable, he said. With two of his children leaving for college, he moved back to his hometown three months ago. He has served on the volunteer citizen Stockton Water Advisory Committee for the last four years.

Mounce is a manager at Dougherty and Associates CPAs, Inc., in Stockton and a third-generation Lodi resident.

Johnson is a retired real estate appraiser and has lived in Lodi for more than 30 years.

The filing period closed for Lodi City Council on Thursday because the city was closed on Friday. For the rest of the offices throughout the county, the filing deadline was Friday.

Here is why the candidates are running and their top priorities:

Bob Johnson

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: Because I enjoy the job, and I think we have some work to finish and some difficult decisions to make.

Q: What will be your top priority?

A: My top priority is managing the fiscal reality plus economic development. It's the same as it has been for the past eight years.

Doug Kuehne

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I've got five teenage kids and I'm really invested in making Lodi a great place for them to raise their kids in the future. That's why I'm running.

Q: What will be your top priority?

A: I want to make sure that the next phase of Downtown Lodi, phase 3, continues. Phase 1 and phase 2 are already complete. I want to make sure we get some affordable housing built into Downtown and work on improving Main Street and Sacramento Street.

Lodi has not built low-income or affordable housing in 30 years; we are making sure our elderly have some low-income housing built.

JoAnne Mounce

Q: Why did you decide to run?

A: I've spent the last eight years fighting for some really crucial issues, like the cost of water meters. We were finally able to get that down to $300 versus $1,200. We successfully avoided redevelopment. If the city of Lodi had gone down that path, I cannot imagine the financial mess we would be in right now.

(Editor's Note: Councilwoman JoAnne Mounce was the only member of the council to vote against forming a redevelopment agency in 2008. Voters struck down the formation of a redevelopment agency during a special election in March 2009.)

Right now, I offer a very different perspective on the city of Lodi than any other person who is sitting up there or running. Until someone else steps up with that perspective, then I know I need to be on that council. That's why I chose to run again.

Q: What will be your top priority?

A: You asked me this same question when I was elected mayor. My focus has not changed. I want to continue down the path to come up with a plan to decrease gang activity, continue to protect the rights of the citizens I represent and ensure our General Plan borders are not compromised, which means keeping that greenbelt in place.

Contact reporter Maggie Creamer at maggiec@lodinews.com. Read her blog at www.lodinews.com/blogs/citybuzz.

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  • Laurie Wallace posted at 10:44 am on Mon, Aug 13, 2012.

    WallyWorld Posts: 7

    When Doug Kuehne says low income for downtown Lodi will be great, does he mean "Section 8" housing? I live in Stockton, and "low income housing" near nice neighborhoods has only ensured that there is a bad pocket of crime about every other block. There are virtually no more crime free neighborhoods without apts or duplexes nearby. Plus, he was on the planning commission, and his name is on a document for Lodi regarding Smart Growth. It sounds like he really wants to see it happen. Your current downtown Lodi is very nice. Please think twice before giving it away. A couple days ago, there were some punks in Stockton shooting cars as they drove by. This was in what used to be a nice area, but the "creep" overtook it.

  • Tammy McGee posted at 11:30 am on Sun, Aug 12, 2012.

    TMcGee Posts: 1

    We are behind you 110% JoAnne!! Keep up the great work. We need more people like you on city council.

  • Elise Middlecamp posted at 5:47 pm on Sat, Aug 11, 2012.

    Elise Middlecamp Posts: 20

    A Wal-Mart super-center is not protecting the green belt, and may hurt Farmers Market. And LPD ought to be fighting gangs regardless.

    Johnson really knows what he's doing, but I like the feel Doug Koehne's response. He has our vote.



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