DESERT HOT SPRINGS — Steve Giboney, 48, who is self-employed, will compete with six others on Nov. 3 for one of two seats on the City Council. Each of the seats is a four-year term.

Giboney, who goes by the nickname “RJ,” will be vying for seat with Russell Betts, incumbent; Robert Griffith, incumbent;  Jessica Gilbert; Jonathan Laura; Jason Moore; and Roger Nunez.

The city of Desert Hot Springs, a community of nearly 29,000 people, has five elected officials including the mayor and four members of the City Council, elected at large. Starting this year, the directly elected Mayor shall serve a four-year term with a term limit of two terms pursuant to Measure “V,” which voters approved in November 2018.

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

UR: Why specifically do you want to be on the City Council?

Steve “RJ” Giboney: To return control of the city back to the residents.

UR: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment either in or out of office?

Steve “RJ” Giboney: My family. My wife and my kids.

UR: How do you define leader and leadership?

Steve Giboney:  The action of leading a group of people or an organization.

UR: Do you fit this definition?

Steve “RJ” Giboney:  Yes I do.

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

Steve Giboney: To release all public information to the residents of Desert Hot Springs.  To bring real diversity to the scrutiny of agenda items brought forth before the council.  To serve the people of Desert Hot Springs first.

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

Steve “RJ” Giboney: I would change it’s image.

UR: Anything you would like to add?

Steve Giboney: Elect Steve ‘RJ’ Giboney for Desert Hot Springs City Council November 3rd 2020.

Desert Hot Springs. known as the spa city, is nestled at the base of the San Bernardino Mountains near the Mission Creek Preserve, a protected part of the Wildlands Conservancy that includes lush wetlands, a perennial stream, and native flora and fauna waiting to be explored.

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