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Former San Joaquin County administrator Manuel Lopez to run for supervisor seat

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Manuel Lopez, former San Joaquin County administrator

“There are many issues that were necessarily put on hold as a result of the recession. I’d like to be part of the process that brings those issues to fruition. My intent is to ensure we prepare for the future.”

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:00 am

Manuel Lopez, who resigned as county administrator earlier this year, announced Monday that he will run for a seat as San Joaquin County supervisor in 2014.

After serving for 11 years in the county government’s highest non-elected position, Lopez will seek to replace Chairman Ken Vogel, who will term out next year.

Lopez said he came to the decision after reflecting on many issues he wasn’t able to tackle during his time as administrator.

“There are many issues that were necessarily put on hold as a result of the recession,” he said in a statement. “I’d like to be part of the process that brings those issues to fruition. My intent is to ensure we prepare for the future.”

The 68-year-old Ripon resident said he couldn’t accomplish much more as county administrator, which led him to retire and seek a supervisor position.

“I thought I’d done as much as I could,” he said. “You have your limits as administrator, and I thought I had peaked.”

In a press release, Lopez stated that one of his focuses would be to preserve the county’s prime agriculture land, while also finding a way to support entrepreneurship.

“Those thoughts are not incompatible, but it will take a holistic understanding of the system, together with innovation and vision to see it happen,” he said. “I just feel strongly I am the most qualified to make it a reality.”

Contact reporter Kristopher Anderson at krisa@lodinews.com.

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