Student runs for Area 4 trustee seat

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Delta College student Richard Andrew Vasquez is running against Board of Trustees Taj M. Khan for the Area 4 seat in the Nov. 4 election.

Vasquez, 34, is has previous experience in politics as part of the following committees: Measure L, President’s Council, Lodi Art Commission, Lodi Animal Committee and the Sheriff’s Citizens Academy.

He also interned with Patrick Withrow who ran for sheriff last year.

“Withrow showed me how to be a good candidate,” said Vasquez.

Being involved in so many different committee’s and organizations has opened several doors which has led to general politics.

The Area 4 seat represents the residents of Lodi.

Vasquez was born in San Joaquin County. He considers himself a true leader within our community.

Vasquez said he has a willingness and want to work with students.

He said he wants them to stay, graduate and establish their lives.

“We are the generation for tomorrow,” he added.

In fall 2013 Vasquez earned two associate’s degrees: one in liberal arts and one in criminal justice.

Having experience in law enforcement has given him commitment, honesty and strategic way of thinking that can help him if he becomes a part of the board, he said.

Vasquez believes the students’ opinion counts on how Delta College affects the educational process in Lodi noted in his campaign pamphlet.

In recent years, students haven’t filled board of trustee seats because there is a specific student seat.

The student trustee seat is currently occupied by Alejandro Gomez who was appointed last year to the position.