Submitted by Brad Gerbel
The community met Richard four years ago when he was first running for office. Many were impressed with his great enthusiasm, drive, and vision. My initial impression of Richard was much like the community’s impression and it has been spot-on, and he has done nothing but impress me since we first met. Shortly after Richard was elected to the city council, we met again. Richard impressed me because he had his finger on the pulse of the community, was active in our community and clearly demonstrated to me that he loved Coronado. He is a man that builds strong relationships with people he meets, is a good listener, and genuinely wants to help the residents of Coronado.
Over the past several years Richard and I have become great friends and I’d like to share some of my insights about who he is as a person. First of all, the Richard Bailey you see on TV during City Council meetings is the same Richard Bailey he is in private. He is a disciplined man who is incredibly smart, an absolute genius in using Microsoft Excel, a man of integrity, and has a great sense of humor. I find Richard to be a genuine person and a very caring friend. In private he is a man that loves to barbecue, keeps busy training for endurance sports, and has a very close relationship with his family.
Like all Coronado City Council members, Richard is paid around $450 per month to serve on the City Council. Richard wakes up in the morning thinking about how he can make Coronado a better place to live. When you add up the hours that Richard works per week for our city, he makes less than $3 hour – a huge bargain to the Coronado taxpayers for all of his talent and dedication.
Coronado is lucky to have a man with Richard’s many talents on the City Council and we are going to be very lucky to have him serving as mayor. Please join me in voting for Richard Bailey for Mayor!