MARTINEZ, Calif. – John Stevens, former CEO of the Martinez Chamber of Commerce, has announced his candidacy for Martinez City Council.
Stevens says he has significant knowledge of Martinez and the issues important to its residents.
“My experience at the Martinez Chamber of Commerce gave me daily contact with the public and insight into the city’s issues and solutions,” he said.
Stevens is currently the COO of a medical policy research institute. Prior to his work at the Martinez Chamber, he owned a successful business and served on numerous local and nonprofit boards, including the Human Rights Campaign.
Among Stevens’ achievements while at the Chamber was his envisioning and promoting Studio in the Streets, a family oriented event which brought artists onto Main Street, working under umbrellas that created a European-style atmosphere.
Stevens says he vigorously supported increasing County Connection transportation in Martinez. He advocated for senior citizens and disabled people, recommending express buses to serve downtown and frequently visit drug and grocery stores, the County Hospital, Kaiser and the Veterans Hospital. In addition, Stevens served on the Shell Community Advisory Panel to keep abreast of activities at Shell and keep Martinez residents informed.
“I believe my professional experience, combined with my passion for making Martinez a better place to live and do business, will allow me to bring fresh ideas to the City Council,” Stevens said.
He is the first, aside from incumbents Mark Ross and AnaMarie Avila Farias, to announce a bid for Martinez City Council. Avila Farias may, however, be taken out of the running should she be successful in her candidacy for County Supervisor in the June 7 Primary Election.