Whale-watching boat owner enters Los Banos mayoral race as write-in candidate – Los Banos Enterprise

October 17, 2022 by Allen D. Payton

LBPD volunteer “Captain Jim” Davis wants to “end division…in our municipal government”

James Davis

Less than a month before the Nov. 8 election and after the ballots were sent out, Los Banos resident Jim Davis entered the mayoral race as a certified candidate in writing on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Leaflets are distributed that refer to him. as “Captain Jim Davis”. According to Darlene Ingersoll, the Merced County Registrar of Electors confirmed that Davis had filed the required paperwork to be a certified candidate in writing, which will allow votes to be counted for him.

An email was sent to Davis asking for his candidacy and title. He replied, “My decision to run for mayor came into effect very recently. I have registered with the Merced County Board of Elections since 11/10/2022 to become the official candidate in writing.

I have been living in Los Banos since November 2017. I am 64 years old and my friends, family and co-workers call me ‘Capt. Jim’ since I’m a licensed Master Captain with the United States Coast Guard. I own a whale watching tour company with my business partner that operates year round on Monterey Bay from the Port of Moss Landing since January 1, 2011. Additionally, I volunteer with the Los Police Department. Banos (VITAL) since October 2018.”

English is his second language and Davis also speaks Turkish and Azerbaijani, as his mother was born in Russia, he shared. Her father was born in Thessaloniki, Greece, but both her parents grew up in Turkey. He was born in Turkey and was in the Turkish Navy.

“Before coming to the United States in 1992 and becoming a citizen seven years later, I served in the NATO forces and was in charge of a security team at the American airbase in Turkey,” Davis continued. “I also worked as Executive Vice President of a large construction company with over 4,000 employees. During my military service, I was the commander in charge of troops and as a senior captain, I trained and led many people while serving as an invigilator for USCG captain’s tests for just over 10 years between 2010 and 2021.

According to his profile on the Blue Ocean Whale Watching Society website, he “…has cruised and cruised most of the world’s oceans for the past 35 years” and is a “certified diver”. The profile also shares that his “resume also includes two Atlantic crossings, a solo trip from California to Costa Rica, semi-submersible operations on Catalina Island”

“I have been married for 20 years to my wife Charlotte,” who was born in Kansas City, Missouri, Davis shared. “We have two daughters and four grandchildren.”

Reasons why Davis runs

“If elected, my first objective to accomplish is to end the ongoing division within our municipal government. There is a toxic atmosphere, and it shows in our board meetings, which negatively affects operational decisions,” Davis said. “It is my initial objective to accomplish by informing the current members of the council that I am not on anyone’s team, and I will consider each decision as an independent person without any political, financial or even emotional connection with any person or an entity of our city.”

“Los Banos is growing so fast. The intensity of this growth is causing many problems as our city is not able to catch up with the growth with infrastructure and government issues,” he continued. “Of course, we all love that our city is growing, but we also want Los Banos to become a more pleasant place to live through this growth and not become an overcrowded city engulfed in multiple serious problems.”

“Social issues like crime and homelessness as well as infrastructure issues like water, sewer, traffic and economic issues like bringing business opportunity to our city need special attention and need to be addressed. approached in a fair and sensible way rather than serving parts of the community members while ignoring the rest,” Davis wrote. “But after all, I’m sure nothing meaningful can be accomplished until this toxic atmosphere surrounding our municipal council is dissolved.As a leader with an independent approach, I am sure that I will be able to accomplish this.

He offers more reasons to show up on his Facebook campaign page.

Not recruited by anyone but encouraged to run by his wife

When asked if he was recruited or encouraged to run by anyone, Davis said it was “after the last city council meeting I attended and saw the weakness which was happening. I was at the police volunteer meeting at 5:00 p.m. and one of our members said he was going to the board meeting. I did not check until this meeting how many people were running for mayor. When I understood what was happening, I accepted that they did not appoint anyone at that time a month earlier before the election. This gives them an unfair advantage.

“It’s like national politics, if the idea comes from the other team, if you like me, don’t like me. Why does everything have to be reduced to the personal and petty level?” He asked.

“Does something so important on the agenda require a fifth vote?” Davis said he wondered.

“I made up my mind then. I had thought about it, before,” he said. for years in the city. I thought people needed an alternative. I was talking to my wife and she said, ‘why don’t you run? You have time.’

“I have nothing against him, I’m sure he’s the nicest gentleman, the only one on the ballot, Mr. Llanez,” Davis said. “Some people I’ve spoken to hate the idea that he’ll be in there and other people loved the idea that he’ll be in there.”

“A lot of things don’t happen because of a split board, and I said, ‘That’s not how it should be,'” he continued. “Don’t sit there and complain and expect others to do it for you.”

When asked if this was his first time running for office, Davis replied, “Yes. That’s why I said I’m an outsider, not a career politician. In my opinion, Mr. Llanez will probably win and if he does his best, it will also be to my advantage as a resident of the city. Our city needs someone who will look at both sides, that they won’t look at him as their guy or on our side.

“I just try to bring an unbiased perspective to the board,” he said. “If the District 2 challenger is not elected, it will remain a two-two council and the mayor will be the tiebreaker.”

“Over the next two years, I will be at all the council meetings I can attend and I will follow what is happening. It’s my water check and my toe,” Davis added and also shared that he lives in City Council District 4.

Davis said he also applied last week to be appointed to the Los Banos airport commission.

Llanez doesn’t know who Davis is

A flyer photo of Davis was shared with Llanez on Saturday, Oct. 15, and he was asked if he knew who Davis was.

“I got a screenshot of it sent to me last night,” he replied. “I have no idea who he is.”
Asked about any comments on Davis’ entry into the race, Llanez replied: “At this point, my focus is strictly on listening to voters’ concerns and developing strategies to address those issues as soon as I can. .”

To learn more about Davis, write to him at [email protected].

According to the Merced County Office of Elections, the certified written nomination period continues through Tuesday, Oct. 25, and the election will be held on Nov. 8.