My name is Sandra White, and I am running for Antioch City Council, District 4. I want to make everyone aware of the current state of politics in the City of Antioch, and why I am running for office.
Some of our current City Council members who are trying to defund the Antioch Police Department, use taxpayer dollars to put Homeless in a hotel that is a stone’s throw away from residential neighborhoods and a school; are trying to divide the residents of Antioch using race-baiting tactics to accomplish the election of candidates who will further the above agenda.
On September 8th, 2020, some Antioch residents received an email that appears to have come from my opponent in District 4. It seems a candidate for Mayor orchestrated a smear tactic directed at Mayor Sean Wright, who came out against District Attorney (DA) Diana Becton’s undefined guidelines for the prosecution of Looters.
In the article, my opponent implied Mayor Wright’s comments were somehow divisive because he disagreed with the District Attorney’s allege pro-criminal approach to dealing with offenders in our community. The smear piece suggests that the Mayor’s statements were somehow based on District Attorney Becton’s race and gender. These types of divisive politics are toxic for Antioch, and things need to change.
As an African American woman, I am offended when people try to use race and gender to divide us, as my opponent alleges smear piece tried to do.
For the record, I am Pro-Police and believe the Antioch Police Department is understaffed. I am currently a volunteer for the City of Antioch as the Chair of the Police Crime Prevention Commission. I have met with many of you in my District to assist with making our neighborhoods safer. When I am elected, I will be better positioned to make our entire community even safer. I genuinely believe we do not need less police; we need more officers and mental health resources to assist our police department. Our understaffed police department is inundated daily with calls that can be handled by a Crisis Prevention Unit.
The safety of you and your family will be my priority. When I am elected to office, I will ensure our Police Department continues to model “Best Practices” within the Law Enforcement community. I stand with Mayor Wright and believe that after OUR Police Officers arrest criminals for victimizing our businesses, they should be held accountable and prosecuted.
Regarding our Homeless population, we all agree; there needs to be a solution. Many of our homeless residents have mental health and drug/alcohol addiction issues. The only way the Homeless situation can drastically improve is by getting needed services and funding on a County and State level and laws and policy changes that allow families to intervene to get their loved ones help. To suggest a Homeless hotel in a residential / School neighborhood (Costing at least $1 million dollars) without wrap-around services is reckless and a waste of YOUR tax dollars!
We need to bring back businesses to Antioch taking the approach that our neighbors to the East and West have done. Do you ever ask yourself why companies are not coming to Antioch? It is simple; we have crime and blight issues that are not my opponent’s concern and other members of the City council. If we want to attract businesses, we need to lower our crime, beautify our City, and work with County and State officials to get our Homeless population to reduce the number of homeless residents.
If you are happy with Antioch’s current “status quo,” such as the conditions related to blight, low police staffing, increase in homelessness, and crime, then I am not the candidate for you.
We should all want our community in Antioch to become a positive change with a fully staffed Police Department, businesses returning to Antioch, a thoughtful and focused approach to reducing blight, homelessness, and quality of life issues. In that case, I am that candidate, and I hope you will vote for Sandra White, for Antioch City Council, District 4.
Candidate for Antioch City Council District 4