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Mayor Amy BublakTerm Seated: 12/09/08
Amy Bublak, was elected on November 6, 2018 to a four-year term as the 23rd Mayor of Turlock. City residents made history by electing Turlock’s first retired police officer and female as their Mayor.
Mayor Bublak was elected on a very straightforward platform which included the goals of:
- Stopping massive water rate hikes and finding a more viable long-term alternative.
- Balancing Turlock's budget.
- Development & recruitment of more high-quality local jobs.
- Finding ways to fix our local roads.
- Establishing a customer service center for residents that reports results to the public.
Amy was first elected to the Turlock City Council in the fall of 2008 and has always based decisions on receiving input from City employees, Turlock residents, colleagues and personal experiences from decades in law enforcement. As Mayor, Amy will continue to take pride in conducting all City business in a transparent manner and solely in the best interests for the people of Turlock.
Mayor Bublak believes in balanced fiscal policy where budget priorities are discussed transparently and financial resources are allocated in the best interest of all Turlock residents.
A retired law enforcement officer with over two decades of service, Mayor Bublak will always strive to keep Turlock residents safe by prioritizing funding for Public Safety as it is local governments first duty to its citizens.
Another top priority will be expansion of Amy’s Turlock Business Partnership Incentive program originally created in 2011. Working with future business owners, the plan awards grants of up to $1000 to help entrepreneurs pay start- up costs associated with opening a new business in Turlock. The plan has allowed 45 new businesses to open in Turlock creating over 100 new permanent full time jobs. As Chair of the Council Economic Development Committee, Amy will continue to work with City employees, the Chamber of Commerce, City residents and members of the Business community to create a business friendly environment that enhances the quality of life for Turlock City residents.
Amy, is married to former CSU Stanislaus Athletic Director Dr. Milton Richards. Amy is a 1988 graduate of the CSU Stanislaus Sociology and Criminal Justice programs, and has lived in Turlock for over thirty years. While at CSU Stanislaus Amy was twice elected student body President and earned NCAA All American honors as a member of the Track and Field team. In the fall of 2001 Amy was inducted into the CSU Stanislaus Athletics Hall of Fame and in 2005 earned a Masters of Public Administration degree (M.P.A) in Urban Government from San Francisco State University.
Amy’s past community service includes: serving three terms as a Member of the Turlock City Council, appointment as Vice Mayor Turlock (3 terms) and Chair, Member, Turlock Local Agency Commission (LAFCO). Amy was also President of the Stanislaus County Red Cross and, in 2016 became a member of the California Women for Agriculture Association (CWA), where in 2018 she was appointed CWA Federal, State Legislation Director.
Councilmember Nicole LarsonDistrict 1
Term Seated: 12/11/18
Nicole Larson is a fifth-generation Turlock resident, and a product of our city’s public schools and hometown university, California State Stanislaus. Nicole’s family ties date back to founding residents, dairymen, cattlemen, and small business owners in our historic downtown.
In 2016, Nicole was appointed by the city council to serve on the Parks, Arts, and Recreation Commission for the City of Turlock and served as the Vice-Chair until her election to Council in 2018.
Nicole was also elected Stanislaus State Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) president in 2015-2017, an honors student, and a player on the women’s soccer team for four years where she helped lead the team to become CCAA Champions and become one of the top eight Division II women's soccer teams in the nation. As an honors student, Nicole volunteered her time with refugee families residing in Turlock from Afghanistan. She helped refugee families assimilate to an American life as they fled persecution in their home countries.
Throughout her college education, Stan State provided the opportunities for Nicole to dedicate herself to serving in student government and the community. Some key accomplishments during her terms was an organized a collaborative effort between Turlock's public transit system and ASI. This effort resulted in a revitalized public transportation system that was more accessible for students and Turlock residents at large. Under Nicole, ASI also partnered with the Turlock Downtown Property Owners Association and City Hall to sponsor the annual event "Warriors Explore Downtown." This event connects students to the Turlock community and local businesses by allowing them to explore Turlock's historic downtown area and invest in the local economy.
Throughout her entire term, Nicole intends to maintain an 'open door' policy. Inspired by a strong belief in the importance of civic engagement and equity of accessibility to elected officials, she gladly takes on every constituent appointment request. To schedule an appointment, you may contact the City of Turlock’s Council’s office at 209-668-5540.
Councilmember Gil EsquerDistrict 2
Term Seated: 12/13/16
Councilmember Gil Esquer was elected in the November 2016 General Election to District 2. He is a lifelong resident of Turlock and a graduate of Turlock High School and obtained an A.A. degree from Modesto Jr. College.
Mr. Esquer being a lifelong resident of District 2 has an understanding and passion of issues facing the District, formerly referred to as the West side. He vows to be an advocate and an active voice in enhancing City services to the residents of District 2. Gil pledges to work simultaneous with residents and the community as a whole to achieve results in his position as the first elected Councilmember for District 2.
As an active community member, Gil volunteers his free time with many community organizations varying from the Turlock Jaycees (CA Jaycees, U.S. Jaycees, and United States JCI Senate), Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Church, Salvation Army and We Care of Turlock. On a national level, Gil participates in fundraisers for non-profit organizations including Muscular Dystrophy, March of Dimes and the Ronald McDonald House.
Councilmember Esquer is the eldest of six children, all still located in the Turlock Area. He and his wife Rosa have been married for 41 years and have one daughter.
Councilmember Andrew NosratiDistrict 3
Term Seated: 12/11/18
Andrew Nosrati was elected to represent District 3 in Turlock's City Council, in the November, 2018 election
Born at Emanuel Medical Center in January, 1988, Andrew spent the first 18 years of his life growing up in our community and understands the values that Turlock residents hold dear.
After graduating from Pitman High School in 2006, Andrew went on to study at the University of California, Santa Barbara, graduating with a B.A. in Film and Media Studies as well as a minor in Anthropology. Before returning home, Andrew spent 8 years living in Los Angeles and New York City, developing himself personally and professionally. For the last 6+ years, he has worked at AdShare, gaining skills and understanding of the new developing tech industries, where he is now the VP of Product Development.
Belonging to the Assyrian community that graciously calls Turlock home, Andrew hopes that in his role as public servant, he can be a voice for the entire Turlock community. Despite any professional achievements he may accomplish, he is a man that prides himself most on his compassion, empathy, and relentless desire to understand the many unique perspectives and is honored to be able to serve our community.
Councilmember Becky ArellanoDistrict 4
Term Seated: N/A
* Term will expire following the City Council's confirmation of the official results of the November election.