Local voters will choose between Fire Captain Buck Condit and Modesto City Councilman Bill Zoslocki in the race for the Stanislaus County District 1 Supervisor seat. That post encompasses both Oakdale and Riverbank.
The newspaper reached out to both candidates, providing them with a few questions regarding the campaign. Following are the responses and a photo submitted, as requested, by candidate Buck Condit. Candidate Bill Zoslocki did not respond to the paper’s request.
Why have you decided to seek the supervisor position?
Condit: I decided to run for Supervisor, District 1 to improve our quality of life in Stanislaus County. We face many challenges, but we can overcome our challenges through planning and dedication to the mission at hand. During these uncertain times we need a firefighter’s dedication on the county board. I will have regular office hours for residents of District 1, and will always make constituent service the cornerstone to my service. My number one priority as your next Supervisor will be public safety, and the security of our county.
What is your background and how do you feel that will help you in the supervisor role?
Condit: I have spent the last 33 years as a firefighter in Stanislaus County. Over 28 of those years have been in District 1. I have worked out of every fire station in the district. I have served as a fire captain for the past 20 years. My service as a firefighter has allowed me a unique perspective about the needs and important issues facing our neighborhoods. We need local government to be responsive and accessible for our residents. There has never been a better time than now to have a first responder on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors.
In your opinion, what is the biggest issue facing Stanislaus County?
Condit: Our biggest priority has to be the safety, and security of our neighborhoods and businesses in Stanislaus County. Our rural areas have lacked adequate patrol presence for too long, and we need to get our closed fire stations back open. We need to increase staffing and training for our public safety officers to ensure we provide safe neighborhoods. In addition, we must ensure our local governments and businesses recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The county has to be a better partner to cities like Riverbank, Waterford, and Oakdale. The stronger our cities are, the better our county will be.
The successful candidate in the November election will succeed outgoing Supervisor Kristin Olsen in the District 1 post; she did not seek re-election.