Mendoza working to promote a culture of self-sufficiency in Jackson County as board member of District 1
Jose Mendoza Jr., a county board member for District 1 of Jackson County, takes his position seriously as he seeks to improve the lives of residents in the area without allowing the government to interfere with his constituents’ lives.
Mendoza may not have dreamed of political or community leadership growing up, but he says he did feel a responsibility to pursue a life of public service because he had the ability to do so.
Mendoza strongly feels that taxpayer dollars should not be taken without thought of the impacts that are felt by the residents, which is why he has dedicated his career to keeping taxpayer burdens low.
“What I have done for the community is that I have voted no on increasing taxes and have recently refused payment for being a county board member,” Mendoza told Carbondale Reporter.
A strong believer in self-sufficiency, Mendoza says he hopes to foster a community in which people do their utmost to be active members of society without having to turn to the government for assistance or aid.
“My goal and aspiration in my position is to continue to admire ways in which people can do more for themselves,” Mendoza said. “I am doing so by allowing the people in the community to collaborate with each other with as little government intervention as possible.”
While some community leaders are passionate about proactively bringing change to the community, Mendoza believes in the power of organic evolution in a community, which allows those in the community to make natural changes that will bring about positive long-term results.
“My goal is not necessarily to change the community,” Mendoza said. “My goal is to allow for a change in the mentality of the people of the community.”
Mendoza is a resident of DeSoto and is currently serving a four-year term as Jackson County Board Member.