SELMA – An additional candidate that is running for the Selma City Council was inadvertently left out of our candidate profiles in the Oct. 17 edition.
Selma resident Joel Fedor is among six who is seeking one of the two seats up for election come Nov. 6 in the General Election. Here are his responses to our questions:
Name: Joel Fedor
Occupation: Plumbing contractor, but don’t let that fool you. Since starting my plumbing career at 16, I’ve also farmed, driven truck, been a mechanic, taught apprenticeship classes and much more! And all that while being a husband, father and best of all (sorry kids) a grandfather.
Education: High School graduate (barely). My dad died when I was 18, so formal schooling just wasn’t in the cards for me. That doesn’t mean I don’t like learning, though. Educating myself is a favorite pastime. When asked a question where I have no idea of the right answer, I’ll tell you, “I don’t know,” but I won’t stop there. Let’s do some research and educate ourselves so that next time we will know. While education does happen in schools, I believe it begins there rather than ending when we throw on a cap or get a diploma. Life is a school we all attend!
Community involvement: As I stated at the forum, which if you haven’t seen I strongly encourage you to, I’m more of a behind-the-scenes kinda’ guy. I’m far more likely to be doing some plumbing at some park before a tournament than to actually be at the tournament. I feel like anything I can do to help the city is a benefit to all in the city. I am not a member of any clubs or groups, which I believe makes me beholden to none, but the city and all its residents.
What experience do you have that makes you the most qualified candidate?
This is where I’d love to be able to tell you that I’m the best ever and you’d be silly not to vote for me, but I can’t. This is a great field, full of ambitious, intelligent, loving, knowledgeable candidates. That said, I can run a business, I can build things, I get jobs done. My strength is in construction and knowing how to navigate the public works world. This is what I do. I believe that Selma needs to grow and I can help.
What do you see as the most important issues in the community and how would you address them?
We need growth! Selma seems to be stagnated. Growth creates revenue. The infrastructure however needs to be right. Plopping down some big box stores or mashing 100 new homes in some part of town is a great thing if were ready. Putting more residents on our already crowded streets and saying “good luck” is probably not the best plan. Sewer, water, streets, these are important! If you disagree, try getting through a day without using a couple of those. Remember, growth creates revenue and that money is then spent on the city via parks and recreation, police department, fire department, youth programs and community events.
What makes you different from the other candidates in your race?
My background in construction, especially the public works realm. This is where I have spent most of the past more than 15 years. I have been involved with jobs like the Grizzly Stadium, Juvenile Justice Campus and even the Selma High School pool. These are public works jobs, built with public monies, much like the police station that we are currently trying to get built. Knowing how the system operates, I believe, would be a huge asset to the city in regards to the police station and any other project built during a Fedor tenure.