Ogorchock announces campaign for Mayor of Antioch

Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock files her papers with City Clerk Arne Simonsen as Campaign Treasurer Bill Chapman and friend Kristen Vistalli look on.

Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock files her papers with City Clerk Arne Simonsen as Campaign Treasurer Bill Chapman and friend Kristen Vistalli look on.

By Allen Payton

Two years into her first term on the Antioch City Council, Mayor Pro Tem Lori Ogorchock officially announced her campaign after filing her papers to run for Mayor, last week. She is one of three candidates to challenge Mayor Wade Harper who is seeking re-election to a second term.

Her ballot designation is Councilmember/Realtor because she can’t use her title of Mayor Pro Tem, according to City Clerk Arne Simonsen. He explained that Ogorchock, under the state Elections Code, can only use the term councilmember because that’s what she was elected to. She was appointed to the position of Mayor Pro Tem by a vote of the city council, which they are required to do by city ordinance, since she was the top vote-getter in the council race in 2014.

Ogorchock released the following statement about her campaign:

“I feel in my heart of hearts that I am the catalyst that can move our city forward in a productive and positive direction.  I have the will, desire, tenacity and the relationships to work with our sister cities to bring what is needed to our city.  I do not give up easily and will fight for the rights of us the citizens of Antioch.

My work schedule as a Realtor allows me the flexibility to meet the needs and demands of the community, to be present, which I am very proud to say, I am!

Community first: I want to spend time – real time – together. Time for conversation and interaction to deepen our sense of community. With your help, I’m here to grow and learn more. I feel most satisfied when I’ve truly affected another person positively and contributed to our community. We may have more than 100,000 residents in our city but it’s one community – our community. Let’s do this together – not divided but united.

Budget smart: Our city will thrive if we spend within our means. We have to be disciplined and responsible with our finances. Let’s make smart budget decisions. What we spend now will have a huge impact on the city’s future in the few years.

Measure C: Passed by the voters of Antioch, the money from this ballot measure are for police, code enforcement and community services officers. We need to be diligent in overseeing how these promised funds are utilized, that there is no leakage into a general fund or that these funds aren’t used as intended. Transparency on how we spend the bond is vital, along with clear communication to all how it’s being used.

Advocate for veterans: I’m working with the DAV and American Legion to create a program where veterans, who are hospitalized, have visits from fellow vets who truly understand their situation. My goal is to bring much-needed veteran services to Antioch, and have already begun to lay the foundation by reaching out to local politicians about the needs. It’s shameful and unbelievable the struggle veterans go through to get benefits they were promised. Those who fought to protect our freedom and country should not have to fight for medical coverage.

You will NOT find another man or woman that will dedicate their time and attention to YOU the citizens of Antioch as I will.

Antioch: My Home, My Community, My Life”

Ogorchock is a Realtor with Ralph Garrow Real Estate in Antioch. She is an Antioch High graduate, is married and has three grown children and one grandson.

The election will be held Tuesday, November 8. If Ogorchock wins, she will vacate her current council seat, and the new council will then decide how to fill the position for the remaining two years,  either by an appointment or calling a special election, for some time next spring. For more information on her campaign, visit her campaign Facebook page or website at  www.loriogorchockantiochmayor.com.

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