Riverside Councilman Mike Gardner.

By Jeff Horseman / Staff Writer
Published: Sept. 28, 2016
Updated:   Sept. 29, 2016 – 9:07 a.m.

Another local elected leader is entering the race to succeed Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione in 2018.

Riverside Councilman Mike Gardner confirmed Wednesday, Sept. 28 that he intends to run for Tavaglione’s seat on the Board of Supervisors. Tavaglione, the board’s longest-serving supervisor, does not plan to seek re-election when his term expires.

Gardner, 68, said he is interested in the seat in part because he is intrigued “by the whole health and human welfare side of things” and he can do more in that area as supervisor. He is particularly interested in helping the homeless, adding that as downtown Riverside’s councilman, “I see the negative side of homelessness on the rest of the community.”

Economic development is another top priority for Gardner. He believes that March Air Reserve Base could serve as a hub for foreign investment. For example, he mentioned March could be a viable option for Ensenada, Mexico, one of Riverside’s sister cities, in its search for an alternative to Los Angeles International Airport to ship fresh fish to Asia.

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