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ELECTION 2012

Gore wants to ensure city remains fiscally responsible

Transportation Commissioner seeks seat on Roseville City Council
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth in a series of Press Tribune profiles of the seven candidates for Roseville City Council. All profiles will be available online at www.rosevillept.com.

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Bonnie Gore has a fondness for musicals, much to the dismay of her husband and son.

"I love watching musicals," she said. "And it drives my family crazy when I sing all the lyrics."

Gore, 46, also enjoys walking her black lab, hiking, camping and generally just being outdoorsy. Now her main outside activity involves walking door-to-door through Roseville to speak with residents about her campaign for Roseville City Council.

The Roseville Transportation Commissioner is running against six other candidates vying for three opens seats on the council. The election takes place Nov. 6.

Gore is running on a platform of strengthening the local economy, ensuring a fiscally sound and efficient government and maintaining safe and clean neighborhoods.

"I love living in Roseville," she said. "It's a terrific city and I think it's the best city in northern California and I want it to remain the best city in northern California."

Gore grew up in the Los Angeles area and earned a business degree from Santa Clara University. She moved here 15 years ago to aide a political campaign. Her candidate lost but she secured a job with a district assemblyman. Now she does government relations for Kaiser Permanente.

Gore formerly served on the Roseville Grants Commission, Sustainability Committee and Centennial Committee. She's currently on the board of trustees for William Jessup University and volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Soon after moving to Roseville, she got involved with the Roseville Chamber of Commerce. She said this city is different than many others because it's easy to get connected - one of her favorite aspects of the city is its "sense of community." Gore is a graduate of the chamber's Leadership Roseville program.

She also appreciates the parks, public safety and how the city has weathered the economic storm.

"Roseville managed the economic crisis pretty well, especially compared to other communities," Gore said.

But there's room for improvement, she said, especially in how the city can attract and retain new business and reduce the high office vacancy rate and unemployment. She's a supporter of Roseville Advantage, an initiative with 21 local entities - including the city - who are marketing Roseville outside the region.

Gore said the city needs to find creative ways to help businesses, which might include adjustments to customer service, fee deferments and permit processing.

She is supportive of the city's focus on revitalizing downtown and Old Town, but she doesn't think this should happen at the expense of other parts of Roseville.

"I like the (redevelopment) plans," Gore said. "Strengthening our core is a benefit to the city ... others come in and spend money and enjoy our amenities. That's a win-win. At the same time, we can't neglect empty office buildings."

If elected, Gore said she would constantly ask city staff: "Is that the best way?" She said she's not afraid to ask the tough questions and doesn't believe the answer is to always "throw money at (the problem)."

"My commitment is to making sure I represent the citizens of Roseville," Gore said. "The council decides how we use our funds, and that's extremely important. I will listen to both sides and do my homework."

Gore has been endorsed, by among others, the Placer County Republican Party, Sheriff Ed Bonner, former mayor Gina Garbolino, Councilman John Allard, Vice Mayor Susan Rohan and the Roseville Business Area Political Action Committee.

"The PAC believes it's important to support candidates for local office who understand and support the needs of local businesses," said committee Chairman Bob Sinclair. "Bonnie's long-standing participation in and support for the business community has been unwavering. She has (also) been active in community affairs, and has served on many local committees and boards."

Sena Christian can be reached at senac@goldcountrymedia.com. Follow her on Twitter at SenaC_RsvPT.

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For more information about Bonnie Gore's campaign, visit http://bonnie2012.com/.