Ken Turnage II announced today that he is re-entering the Antioch City Council race.
In a statement, he stated he was faced with the reality of battling skin cancer and required surgeries, however, after undergoing treatment, it’s not as bad as first suspected.
Here is a copy of his statement:
Today, I am announcing that I will be running for Antioch City Council this fall.
Although I had already previously announced my intention to run, I unexpectedly was forced to make the difficult decision to withdraw because of a prognosis of skin cancer requiring multiple surgeries. I was told a recovery time which would make it difficult to give it my all in a campaign. This week, I underwent the first of multiple surgeries for skin cancer removal—the first being the most difficult and painful.
Fortunately, what I was told to expect, was not the reality. It was a best case scenario and the recovery time is much less. Yes, it’s uncomfortable, but nowhere near what was anticipated by the doctors.
As I am set to restart my campaign, I wanted to be transparent an open in what I considered a private matter while I was facing an uncertain time in my life. It was a shock, it was scary, and I do not wish cancer of any form on anyone. But it’s made me realize how badly I want to work on improving the City of Antioch and continue working with the community.
I believe I have a good track record in wanting what is best for this city and helping where I can. I am asking for your support so together we can work on turning this city around.
For those who may have hesitation about my condition, I would be more than willing to take the time to meet with you before you make your vote this November in what I consider a turning point in the future of Antioch and the city I love so much.
Ken Turnage II
In March, Turnage stated he wants to run a straight forward campaign with an open line of communication with the public.
“If elected, it will be a privilege to serve my community as a council member,” says Turnage. “I look forward to discussing many issues facing our city and working on realistic solutions on budget issues, blight, and future growth. As a business owner, I know some of the challenges our local businesses face and we must make some adjustments at a city level to attract and retain businesses while giving them a chance to succeed.”
He says he has no affiliations with anybody that can be considered “special interest” and is an independent in every sense of the word which he says will allow for honest conversation and apply decision making skills with what is best for the city and community as a whole.
Earlier this year, Turnage was awarded the Citizen of the Year (Most Impact) for 2015 by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce due to his effort in helping the community.
Turnage serves on the Antioch Economic Development Commission, is a member of the Antioch Rotary Club, supports and participates in the many events and activities of the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, and is a strong supporter Antioch Police Activities League (PAL) and the Leo Fontana Family Foundation.
As of Wednesday, Turnage is the fifth candidate to pull out nomination papers for City Council joining Karl Dietzel, Mary Rocha, Fred Rouse and Lamar Thorpe. The two seats that are up for election are held by Mary Rocha and Monica Wilson. It’s unclear as of Friday if Monica Wilson plans on running for re-election.
In the Mayors race, Wade Harper is seeking re-election and to date has three opponents. Sean Wright has already filed his paperwork and is officially a candidate. Meanwhile, Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock and Gil Murillo have taken out nomination papers.
For more information on Ken Turnage II, visit his Facebook Page for those who want to follow his campaign.