DESERT HOT SPRINGS —  Jason Moore, 50, a teacher, is among a pool of seven candidates seeking one of two City Council seats on the five-member board in the Nov. 3 election, The two seats are each four-year terms.

The six others seeking the pair of seats are Russell Betts, incumbent; Robert Griffith, incumbent; Stephen Giboney; Jessica Gilbert; Jonathan Laura; and Roger Nunez.

The city of Desert Hot Springs has five elected officials including the mayor and four members of the City Council, elected at large. Beginning this year, the directly elected Mayor shall serve a four-year term with a term limit of two terms pursuant to Measure “V” passed by the voters in November 2018. Members of the City Council are elected for a four-year term.

Uken Report has asked each candidate identical questions. Following are Moore’s responses.

Uken Report (UR): Why specifically do you want to be on the City Council?

Jason Moore: I am of the mindset that instead of complaining about something you should instead attempt to do something about it.  I think the current city council is taxing jobs right out of the city.  By raising cultivation taxes for our cannabis industry, especially during the current crisis, they are driving viable business ventures out of the city.  I am also an advocate for our youth, currently I do not see a lot of programs that the city has initiated for the youth of our community.

UR: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment either in or out of office?  Happiness, I know that sounds glib, but I have been blessed with a job that I love, and a family that is supportive and successful.  I have had the opportunity to travel the world and educate students from many different countries and I would like to hope I have had a positive impact on these students and families.

UR: How do you define leader and leadership?

Jason Moore: My definition of a leader is a person who is not afraid to admit that they do not know everything and relies on a team to accomplish clear goals.

UR: Do you fit this definition?

Jason Moore: Most days.

UR: What are your top three goals for DHS if elected or re-elected?

Jason Moore: I would like to see our city grow economically, be a model for youth engagement and ensure that our city has a plan to expand our infrastructure.

UR: If you could change one thing about DHS, what would it be?

Jason Moore: The poor reputation that DHS has among other cities in the valley.
 

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