Read why Joe Thompson is running for city council
What local issues in your district affect you that make you want to run for office?
Thompson said the most pressing issue is housing, and this is something he hears from local residents daily. These include students, working adults, and seniors.
“I think this is because of the policies that have been in place in Santa Cruz for the last 50 or so years. And the lack of new construction of new housing and the lack of density has caused a lot of problems.”
Another issue important to him relates to his current service on the County of Santa Cruz’s Substance Use Disorder Commission. Overdoses related to fentanyl have greatly increased in recent years, Thompson said. He said he wants the county to declare a public health emergency.
“My family has been severely impacted by substance use disorder,” Thompson said.
Workers’ rights are also very important to Thompson.
What is your dream for your district?
Thompson said he would like a community where we are all able to live, thrive and be in a safe place—one where you can walk with your kids or bike to school, and all of our local problems are addressed so people can build community together.
“I think that’s already happening all over the city,” Thompson said. “I want to make sure people have a good place to live.”
Fun fact about Thompson
When Thompson was in middle school he came to Santa Cruz with a few friends and visited the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. They went on the Haunted House ride. “We ended up breaking the ride!” he said.