Now that our new council members have had a week to settle into their positions, we would like to introduce you: Rosa Escutia-Braaton, representing District 1; Chris Ricci, representing District 3; and David Wright, representing District 6.
On December 1, these three individuals took the Oath of Office to serve the City of Modesto for a four-year term. Their service began immediately after their oaths, and they conducted business for the rest of the Council Meeting. The three new council members are excited to begin their tenure representing various districts in our community.
“As newly elected councilmembers in Districts 1, 3, and 6, we want to thank all the voters that elected us to the Modesto City Council,” Escutia-Braaton, Ricci, and Wright submitted in a statement. “We are looking forward to serving our community and working together with current council members Madrigal, Kenoyer, Zoslocki and the present and future Mayor.
“We are committed above all else to improving this city. Our promise to you, the citizens we were elected to represent, is to work together in good faith, with open minds, and a commitment to civility and compromise. Our common goal is the same, to work towards a better Modesto for everyone.”
Rosa Escutia-Braaton (District 1)
Escutia-Braaton has 25 years of experience in public policy as a court mediator, public relations director, and program manager. She has been part of the City’s Cultural Commission and the City Planning Commission. Escutia-Braaton is a member of the Stanislaus Latino Community Roundtable and chair of the American Heart Association’s Go Red Executive Committee.
Escutia-Braaton takes the seat of Mani Grewal, who was sworn in as a new member of the Stanislaus Board of Supervisors.
Chris Ricci (District 3)
Ricci is the president of his event promotion company with 25 years of experience in promotion and marketing. He has brought a number of events to the Modesto area, including co-founding the Mama (Modesto Area Music Association) Awards and Summer Fest. Ricci spent eight years on the City’s Entertainment Commission.
Ricci replaces Kristi Ah You, who is a managing partner at her Modesto business.
David Wright (District 6)
Wright has been the owner of Wright Insurance Agency for 35 years. Wright was part of three City committees and commissions: Citizens Housing and Community Development Committee, Housing Rehabilitation Loan Committee, and Blue Ribbon Commission on Homelessness. He is also on the board of Teen Challenge in Ceres.
Wright fills the seat of Douglass Ridenour, who will be in a run-off election for Mayor in February.
Since no mayoral candidate received a majority of the votes in November, a run-off election will be held on February 2. The two candidates are former Councilmember Ridenour and former Modesto City Schools board member Sue Zwahlen.
Our City Council has always been made up of a strong team of people who love our community. I look forward to working with this new Council, which will improve upon the work of past council members to strengthen Modesto.
We welcome our new council members and wish them well in working towards making Modesto THE place to be.