The COVID pandemic has crippled our financial and social ways of life. In the blink of an eye, parents became teachers, teachers became distance learning specialists, and employers were left without the ability to sustain employees. While the pandemic is global, the hurt here at home couldn't be more real. It is imperative that our city devise a localized Marshall Plan to coordinate health agencies, employers, and community leaders to safely reopen our economy and our way of life. As Modestans, we must look inward for solutions - and be prepared to work toward our own, local solutions.
"But this work will be more challenging than ever before. Leading Modesto through the financial, social and other impacts of COVID will take that unique combination of experience, leadership and collaboration. Doug Ridenour as Mayor will lead the Modesto he loves, to get the job done.” - Becky Meredith (retired)
Economic Development is just as much about ensuring that existing businesses thrive as it is in courting new employers. This often-overlooked piece of the economic cycle is crucial in times like now. For the last five years, Doug Ridenour has worked to build relationships with local businesses - and keep an ongoing dialogue between employers and city staff. Positive interaction with elected officials is crucial to keeping business owners engaged and satisfied with their decisions to invest in our community.
"We almost gave up...but with Doug's encouragement, we're still here." -Rex Osborn, Owner, Graffiti Dogs in Downtown Modesto
Modesto has invested significant dollars in our local parks, walk paths, and greenspaces. Access to friendly outdoor activities is not only desired by residents but a key to improving neighborhood values - and prompting longer term home owner investment. Ridenour is a strong believer in expanding neighborhood offerings by partnering with local groups to obtain additional resources for local parks and sporting fields. It is his lifelong commitment to keep our city safe with a strong, quality, well trained public safety division(s) that will always be a priority to serve our changing diverse community.
"If it weren't for Doug, and Doug's openness to listen to me harp on him about pickleball...we would not be here. Thank you, Doug, for getting the job done." -Jay Pierce, Pickleball Coordinator
“...Doug has worked hard to understand and to help find solutions to complicated problems such as homelessness and shelter issues, affordable housing and others. He is that strong leader, willing to listen, learn and collaborate.”Becky Meredith (retired)
Modesto is facing serious financial difficulties. The reality is even before COVID, expenditures were outpacing revenues. While, the situation is tough, it is not insurmountable. Doug Ridenour's diverse background in business, as a police officer, and as a member of the Modesto City Council - gives him insight from all angles. Doug's private industry experience coupled with having sat on both sides of the city employee negotiating table, make him the most seasoned at understanding how best to navigate hard budget decisions.
"Doug has my vote...I've watched him be an outstanding police officer, an outstanding councilman, and I know he is going to make an outstanding Mayor." - Scott Hallmon, 50-year West Modesto Resident