Read why Decker is running for county supervisor
What local issues in your district affect you that make you want to run for office?
Decker said the CZU Fire and lack of rebuilding were key reasons he chose to run for supervisor.
Homes were destroyed on at least 697 properties during the CZU Fire, Santa Cruz County staff said in 2023. Sixty-two homes have been rebuilt and 234 permits to build single-family homes remained in progress as of Feb. 5, 2024.
“I realized that there’s so many layers of rules on top of rules to keep everyone safe that no one can really go forth, very few. It’s very difficult. And so I kind of figured, well, rather than continuing to bang my head against the wall, maybe I’d be more successful by having a bigger platform in which to say, ‘Look, things can be done, things can be changed, and they can be done without hurting anybody — just allowing it to happen.’”
What is your dream for the Santa Cruz County community?
“I think my dream would be to have a much more responsive county government,” Decker said. “The solution is not more government, but rather, let people do things. Up in the Fifth District, it’s very interesting. Most folks that live here have their own generators, they have water, they have food storage, they’re prepared for heavy weather. We made a joke that for the first two months of the year, PG&E was our alternate power source because it was off so much that we all live on generators,” Decker said. “And government, when they promised to help, and then they don’t, it’s sort of is bad in both ways. They take the money, and then don’t bring the service.”
Fun fact about Tom Decker
Decker worked for the Jimmy Carter presidential campaign and met journalist Hunter S. Thompson in Atlanta. “I got to know the guy. He was as wild and crazy as his books,” Decker said of Thompson. “Jimmy had hired me because I was from Western New York and I spoke like a Yankee.”
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