November 8, 2022 City Council Election
City Council District 4 City Council District 5
Ollie Cantos Fredrick Sykes
Why we endorsed these candidates in this election: City councils are elected by the voters to govern the city. Effective fiscal and management oversight, transparency, and resident involvement are critical to good governance. Ultimately, each city council member is responsible to the voters who elected them. Unfortunately, our current city council dismisses resident concerns and implements their own agenda, an agenda most residents do not support.
Our endorsement criteria: We considered each candidate’s experience and understanding on how local government functions. We wanted to know their level of knowledge, priorities, and vision for the City of West Covina.
We gained insight into each candidate’s understanding on a variety of issues such as the proposed health department, Sportsplex, BKK, sale of the city yard, homelessness. We were pleased by the quality of the candidates who seek office. We selected the candidates who we felt are the best fit for the position at this time.
Disclosure: We reached out to all city council candidates. Three candidates declined to speak with us: Letty Lopez, incumbent, District 2; Yara Wolff, District 4; and Tony Wu, incumbent, District 5.
Get to Know the Candidates!
Talk to Us West Covina Podcast with Steve Bennett
2022 Candidate Series - West Covina City Council
Steve Bennett produced the “Candidate Series” by interviewing each candidate separately. All candidates running for City Council were invited. Three candidates participated. Each of the participating candidates were asked the same question on the same topic. When you listen to each podcast, you will hear each candidate's explain in his own words, unscripted--his position on issues of concern to residents, i.e. the West Covina's on-going deficit spending, the proposed municipal health department, crumbling city spaces, and more. It's a great way to get to know each candidate.
Click on the candidate's name to go directly to his podcast.
In the News!
Ollie Cantos, Candidate, City Council District 4 (West Covina Neighbors Endorsed Candidate)
Blind Attorney and Former White House Official Certified as Candidate for West Covina City Council. Asian Sun. September 10-16, 2022.
Blind Attorney and Former White House Official Certified as Candidate for West Covina City Council. San Gabriel Valley Examiner. September 15-21, 2002. Prints on legal size paper.
Campaigning: Through the Eyes of a Blind Candidate. Weekend BALITA. October 8-14, 2022. Three pages.
Word on the Street is Change. San Gabriel Valley Examiner. October 13-19, 2002. Prints on oversize paper.
Ollie Cantos, West Covina City Council Candidate, Calls for Unity in the Face of Polarization. Weekend BALITA. October 29 - November 4, 2022. Prints on oversize paper.
Fred Sykes, Candidate, City Council District 5 (West Covina Neighbors Endorsed Candidate)
Life & Work with Fredrick Sykes. Voyage L.A. September 19, 2022. Five pages, including photos.
Mailer's We've Sent
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