Former teacher and community volunteer, Terry Sayre, has filed her paperwork to run for Tulare City Council Area 2. She will be running against independent consultant Alex Gutierrez. The seat is currently held by Maritsa Munoz who was appointed. Munoz is not running for re-election.
The following is Terry Sayre in her own words.
As a longtime resident of Tulare I have felt the call to run for City Council representing district 2. I have witnessed the impact of City boards, councils and government on our city and community as well as its individual citizens for over fifty years. As the representative for district 2 I will be accountable to the citizens of Tulare and the law of the State of California. I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as your City Council woman for District 2.
In 1966 I began my teaching career for Tulare City Schools at Kohn Elementary school, the newest campus in Tulare at that time. Since then I have taught at Kohn, Roosevelt, and Cypress schools. I served on a special reading team at Wilson, Garden and Maple schools as well. It has been my privilege to serve the youth and families of Tulare. It is rewarding and fun to run into my former students and their families as I shop in and support Tulare.
My husband and I raised our five children in Tulare where we were involved with Encore Theater, Sharks swim club, Susan’s Studio of Dance, Youth Soccer. Church groups, school sports and cheerleading. As a widow I continued to support my children as a single mom and to have the satisfaction and blessing of seeing them mature to successful contributing and service oriented adults.
Since retiring from teaching I continue to work with student teachers and interns supporting them as their University supervisor and mentor. I teach classes for National University and work with state wide organizations providing professional development for teachers. Truly once a teacher always a teacher and that is a gift I am grateful to possess. I have the capacity to listen, observe, problem solve, communicate and work with diverse groups. I possess creativity, new ideas, energy and the willingness to be inclusive and respectful of all those I come in contact with.
Within the community I have served on boards and in service clubs. I have been the facilitator of Leadership Tulare for the past five years, an Ambassador of the Chamber for over ten years, serve on the Library Advisory Board and Hospital Foundation Board. I am a Tulare Noon Kiwanian and love serving the youth of Tulare. I have also served on the Salvation Army Board. There are so many ways to be involved in our city and to support one another. That is the way we can put Tulare First!
The three areas I would like to focus on as I serve as the City Council representative of district 2 are:
- To be pro-business supporting and strengthening current Tulare business and attracting new businesses to Tulare in order to increase the tax base as well as create new and maintain current jobs.
- To return courtesy and respect to the City council, among the members and between City Council, city Government and Tulare citizens.
- To insure the efficiency and effectiveness of City Government including:
- Financial responsibility
- Promoting economic development
- Effective timelines and permitting processes
- Public safety
- Water, garbage and sewer services
- Road maintenance