City Council candidate Scott Hayman

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City Council candidate Scott Hayman “I’m a husband, father, veteran and a strong fiscal conservative. My family has been here for 30 years, and I plan to stay,” said Scott Hayman, who is running for council. “I want to make sure Ridgecrest remains a great place to live, work and raise a family, and I want other people to benefit from the same positive environment I experienced.”

Hayman moved to Ridgecrest in 1984, shortly after completing a tour in the Air Force. He has been in business for 25 years and continues to make his home here with his wife, and four grown children who also live in the community.

“There were several issues that caught my attention, but water is what finally prompted me to take this step,” he said.

“I think water is probably the biggest issue we face right now, and it’s time to look at the big picture and make decisions that protect the public.

“I know it sounds cliché, but that’s who I want to represent. As residents, we make up the biggest number of users, even if we don’t pump the most water, and I would like to see our decisions reflect our interests,” said Hayman.

He said he believes that more studies must be done before a sustainable solution can be identified and implemented. “I don’t know how we can make decisions before we have definitive information.”

Hayman said he believes that there is a general disconnect between the council and the public. “I talk to people daily who say they don’t understand what’s happening.”

He pointed to the casino as one of these issues. “There is overwhelming evidence that the negative impacts of casinos greatly outweigh the benefits for a small rural town. The casino will be operated by a sovereign nation, and we have no idea what potential conflicts could arise between the two governments or how they will be resolved.”

He said that if the casino does move forward, “It will be my job as a councilmember to ensure that we have done everything we can to mitigate those risks and ensure that the community’s interests have been protected.”

Hayman said he believes that the city needs to maintain a strong police force to keep neighborhoods safe, particularly in light of the state actions that have impacted the job of law enforcement.

“The structural budget deficit at the city is another main concern of mine. We cannot keep expanding our obligations with our limited revenue. We have to either tighten spending or increase our revenue through growth.”

As a business owner, Hayman said he understands what it’s like to operate on a budget in California. “I feel that experience will carry over to a position on the council. I know that if you don’t have money, you can’t spend it. Saying no can be tough, but sometimes it’s the right decision.”

He also noted that the city needs to be more aggressive about identifying, and correcting, structural funding issues.

“It’s the same idea as preventive medicine. Some things are a lot easier to address when you catch them, and treat or correct them, early enough in the process,” said Hayman.

“I may be running for council in a small town, but if we don’t have conscientious, responsible people get involved in government, that’s how you end up with out-of-control, corrupt and unconscionable politicians making decisions for us at higher levels.”

Story First Published: 2018-10-12