Molina, now in his fourth year as mayor, said he still has work to do in Patterson before relinquishing his title. He said he is further encouraged by the support of his family and friends.
“After having a discussion with my wife, familia, mentors and supporters, I am announcing my bid for re-election as Mayor for the city of Patterson,” the release read. “I have worked for Stanislaus County for 10+ years, served on the County Board of Education for 8 years and as Mayor since 2010.
“I love our community and serve my fellow residents to the best of my ability. Our residents, city staff, county-wide neighbors, and friends have witnessed my leadership abilities, with the best interest of our community in mind. I would be honored to have your support and vote this November 4, 2014 to help build a Better Tomorrow!”
Molina said, during further correspondence with the Irrigator, that he feels he can work with the council for the future of the community.
“I feel strongly that my leadership and commitment to serve our community is a great compliment to current and future council members,” he wrote in an attached email.
“I have demonstrated that I am willing and capable to work with all people. I love our community of Patterson, and would like to ask our residents to hire me back as their Mayor.”
Molina has no opponent at this time, however, the filing deadline for the race is not until July. The Mayor was originally elected in 2010 after initially running and losing to Becky Campo in 2008. Molina and former Councilwoman Annette Smith ran opposing races in 2010 for the open position in a grueling contest in which Molina came out the winner.
Molina has been in office to see some of the biggest projects in the county come to fruition including a Wal-Mart superstore and a 1-million square foot Amazon.com fulfillment center developed.
Other developments that occurred under his watch are on the horizon after the entitlement of 1,100 acres of ground in west Patterson for industrial and commercial development.
The election for mayor will coincide with the statewide gubernatorial election Nov. 4.
Contact the Patterson Irrigator at 892-6187 or firstname.lastname@example.org.