My dad, uncle and I attended the State of the City of Stockton address. My dad, Steve Colangelo, is running for Congress. I’ve been attending events with him whenever I’m home from college, and I care so much about this campaign because his message speaks to me as a voter.
He’s been a small business owner in Stockton for the past 29 years. I’ve learned many things while being on the campaign trail with him, and there are few things that stick out and bother me.
I attended the State of the City last year with my father for the first time. I didn’t see Jerry McNerney in attendance. This year I didn’t see him attend again. I did see my dad’s primary election opponent, Tony Amador. After Amador mingled briefly and ate, he and his wife got up and left. I’m not trying to point out the faults of these individuals; however, there is something to be said about the representation of this district in Washington.
McNerney has run and won four consecutive terms in Congress, and he hasn’t brought a single piece of legislation to help our area. He watched Stockton, the largest city in his district, go bankrupt. What did he do in response? He wrote a letter and continued to remain arm’s distance from Stockton and our district.
His permanent residence is in Pleasanton, which is outside of District 9. If you don’t live in one of the cities you are representing, then how can you understand the issues we face every day? This is why he has poorly represented the constituents in his district. He hasn’t done anything to help create jobs or lower the crime rate in our area. He has been sitting on his hands for the past eight years, and it’s seriously showing in District 9.
We stayed until the end of the address and learned about what the city has been up to since last year, and we were educated on the progress of the Stockton. All of his opponents are unaware of the condition Stockton is in.
Congress is the “House of Representatives” — they represent the people. All I’ve seen is poor representation, and my father wants to change this.