Culver City Mayor Jeff Cooper, who is seeking re-election to a seat on the Culver City Council in the April, 2014 election, officially filed his re-election papers last week at City Hall and launched his new campaign website: http://www.cooperforcouncil.com.
Cooper becomes the second candidate to file papers following Councilman Jim Clarke who filed the previous week.
Before filing his official papers, Cooper met with supporters at The Conservancy and told them his top goal will be to continue to protect Culver City residents.
"Over the past four years, I have worked hard to protect our neighborhoods and keep our city on firm financial footing, and I hope to continue those efforts for four more years," said Cooper, who added that fighting the practice of fracking, encouraging economic development and continuing the focus on the environment will continue to be the cornerstone of his campaign.
As Mayor, the 25-year resident of Culver City led the charge to fight fracking, encouraging the State of California to put a moratorium on fracking until it develops guidelines that guarantee safety for our residents.
Cooper took a leadership role in creating the city's ban on single-use plastic bags. He helped lead the effort to create Tilden Terrace – a mixed-use and affordable housing project that, for the first time, allowed Culver City to fulfill its affordable housing requirement. He led the City Council effort to institute new measures to reduce cut-through traffic in Sunkist Park.
Cooper said he will hold his major fundraiser on February 22, and added that voters can learn more about campaign events, his stance on the issues and express their support on the his new campaign website: www.cooperforcouncil.com.
"I'm excited about moving our city forward and working together to address our challenges," he said. "In the wake of the loss of Redevelopment funds, we have to look for new and creative ways to spur economic development. We have to continue to enhance our efforts to be even greener as a city. We have to map out an achievable strategy to keep our city financially strong."
Since his election in April of 2010 Cooper has spearheaded the effort to eliminate bullying in our parks and on our playgrounds and has worked hard to promote public safety, protect the environment and make sure City Hall listens when residents speak.
Cooper said he believes the City should make public safety a top priority and joined the City in unveiling the State of California's first Smart911 system – a technology that allows residents to give authorities a "safety profile" that will be displayed to 911 operators during an emergency. He has been a champion for the environment, pushing the city to continue its commitment to compressed natural gas (CNG) for our transportation fleet, redesign its fleet utilization and replacement program and earn the ranking as the No. 1 municipal transportation fleet in the country.
There are two seats on the council up for election in the April election.
CAPTION: Mayor Jeff Cooper speaks to supporters shortly before filing his papers to appear on the April Culver City Council ballot.