With the new year will come many political changes, but on the Crescent City Council, only one face will change.
Isaiah Wright, 31, was elected to the council and his term expires in 2022. He has attended two council meetings so far and will get some training in January, but feels he’s got the basics of city government down.
Wright currently teaches third and fourth grade at Margaret Keating Elementary School. He said it’s his first year as an elementary teacher, but he previously worked in preschools and early childhood development.
He moved to Crescent City in 2015 from Riverside where he worked in the electrical field, namely solar panel installation.
“It was super cool, but the job loses its coolness after a while,” he said Wednesday.
Wright said his wife was raised and graduated here, and when they were looking for a smaller town to raise their own kids, decided to return.
“I visited a few times and loved it,” he said, noting it clinched his decision.
Wright said he gets along with other city council members, and already knew Mayor Pro Tem Heidi Kime and met Mayor Blake Inscore while playing softball. He said he also knows some city staff.
Wright volunteers on Wednesday with his church and also served as a court-appointed special advocate (CASA). According to its website, CASA is a national association which supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children.
Asked before the election for his take on homelessness issues, Wright said he doesn’t favor “throwing money at the issue, but suggested taking a more hands-on approach.”
“We as a community, have to come together as good Samaritans,” he said.
He returned to the theme of neighbors helping neighbors, saying, “It goes along with the theme that we are stronger as a team,” noting that he knows everyone in his own neighborhood.
“You’d be surprised how many issues can be solved by knowing our neighbors,” Wright said. “If my neighbors were having problems, I hope they would be able to ask me for help. When it comes down to it, sometimes people just need an extra hand.”
When it comes to the international relations being formed with the Sister City relationship between Rikuzentakata, Japan and Crescent City, Wright wanted to be clear that he supports the program, as it is currently.
“I just want to make sure we’re not dumping money into a one-sided program with no return potential,” he said. “I do think there is value there. There is pure value in immersing oneself into another culture.”
He said the returns don’t need to be financial, but may be in knowledge and disaster readiness.
“Even if we are super-prepared, there is always something that can go wrong,” he said. “The more we learn, the better.”
He compared the notion to his own life, saying that while he has achieved his bachelor’s degree in history, he is still in school, working toward his masters in education.
Speaking generally, Wright said he likes the direction the city is going and is seeing local efforts to improve the entire city on the upswing.
“I want us to continue in that direction, regardless of what the rest of the state or country are doing,” he said, “and I want to do what I can to further that.”
Wright lives in Crescent City with his wife and two sons.
He can be reached by email at email@example.com
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