My name is Gracey Van Der Mark, I have been a resident of Huntington Beach for over 20 years. My husband and I have a blended family with 7 children. We chose to raise our family here because of the safe, suburban family-friendly environment our city had to offer.
My city council priorities will be:
- Small Business Advocate
- Public Safety
- Solve the Homelessness Crisis
- Control the Budget
- Stop High Density Development
- No New Taxes
2 years ago I ran for Ocean View School Board after discovering some alarming information in recently adopted curriculums.
I have advocated for parents and the safety of our children for several years, both locally and in Sacramento. I clarified issues that affect our families and communities. Simplification of language brought more understanding to bills and policies and catapulted community involvement resulting in changes protecting thousands of families.
I will focus on community involvement with local issues and believe we can achieve this by making complicated issues easier for our community to understand. Clarity is my goal.
As a currently serving Finance Commissioner for the City of Huntington Beach I have first hand knowledge of the workings of city hall and the financial challenges we are facing. I will bring more attention to these issues in order to mitigate the damage.
The city’s budget has been decimated by the pandemic. As of now, the projected financial shortfall is $20 million. We have taken a massive hit to sales tax and tourism revenue. We will not know the full financial impact of this pandemic for several months and must get ahead of this now to look for new ways to generate revenue without raising taxes. We must attract new businesses to HB and keep them in our city.
In conclusion, I ask for your support, and in return, I promise my *unwavering* commitment to helping our city be the safest and greatest suburban community that we have all loved for so many years.
My name is Gracey Van Der Mark and I am lucky #13 on your ballot.
Paid for by Gracey Van Der Mark for Huntington Beach City Council 2020 FPPC#1429977