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When community leaders approached him and asked if he’d run for city council, IBA West Member Scott Sherman, 5th Avenue Insurance, San Diego thought it was a good time to give back to the community where he’s enjoyed living for over 40 years. In fact, Scott actually lives in the house where he grew up!
“This is my chance to give back,” said Sherman, who credits his time serving on numerous IBA West and IBA San Diego committees for helping develop his leadership skills. Last year Scott was honored by IBA West San Diego as Insurance Agent of the Year. “I’ve been a member of IBA West for as along as I can remember and now I want to bring those skills to the job of serving on the city council.”
In 2008 Sherman supported April Boling, a friend and fellow civic activist, because she was serious about fiscal reform at city hall, explained Sherman. Boling decided not to run again since her husband is recovering from cancer surgery.
“April was one of the community members that encouraged me to run and I am grateful to have her support,” Sherman told the Mission Times Courier.
In addition to running for city council Sherman is working with Boling to collect enough signatures to put pension reform on the ballot something they say is badly needed to protect the city from insolvency.
“Scott understands that fiscal responsibility and quality of life go hand-in-hand,” Boling told the Mission Times Courier. “As long as we have runaway pension and other compensation costs, we do not have the money available to take care of our community’s needs. Scott supports pension reform, managed competition, and cost control. He has run a business, so has had first-hand knowledge when it comes to the challenges of balancing a budget."
“My top priority will be to restore neighborhood services to the levels that residents pay for and deserve,” states Sherman in making the case for why voters should support his candidacy. “In order to do that, we must have real fiscal reform to free up dollars that should be spent on core services like roads, libraries, parks, and public safety — that is why I am a strong supporter of comprehensive pension reform.”
Sherman is running as a Republican in the non-partisan race. Even though this is his first race for elected office, Sherman thinks his lack of experience might be an asset among voters who are tired of career politicians. He’s also hoping that his long standing roots in the community and his small business perspective will help him attract voters who want a common sense approach to fiscal reform and better city services.
For more information on Scott’s campaign visit his website at http://shermanforsandiego.com/