Meet the Candidate: Rhodes for Mono County Supervisor 2nd District

March 2- Reposting these to be prepared for tomorrow’s election, in alphabetical order. Be informed! Vote!

 

JOSHUA RHODES

MONO COUNTY DISTRICT 2 SUPERVISOR CANDIDATE

Joshua Rhodes is no stranger to Mono County’s District 2. As a long-time employee of
the County’s Road Department, he has kept the roads in Crowley and Tri-Valley maintained and
open for more than 20 years.

Now he wants to be of help to the people in the district and County employees.
Rhodes grew up in Big Pine. He and his wife moved to Benton when he went to work for
the Candelaria Mine in Nevada and made their final move to what he refers to as his “forever
home” in Chalfant.

After 16 years in the mining industry, Rhodes went to work for Mono County, starting as
a road worker in Benton, moving up to foreman of the Lee Vining Road District. The next
transfer was as foreman on the road district in Crowley. He has been foreman for the Benton
road department for the last six years.

According to his campaign material, Rhodes has “developed exceptional knowledge of
road maintenance and snow removal needs” and is also familiar with safety procedures,
prevention and support during floods and other natural disasters. The statement goes on, “I
have built relationships with community members and their supervisors. I also have a good
understanding of the agricultural needs in Mono County.”

As for the needs of the community, Rhodes said the Tri-Valley area should have more
presence from the Sheriff’s Department. The issue of first responders dispatched to District 2 is
another problem that needs solving.

The Tri-Valley Volunteer Fire Protect District provide emergency response to the
communities along Route 6, but Swall and Paradise need first responders, he said.

The Crowley Lake area has a Sheriff’s sub-station and a good volunteer fire department
and paramedic unit just 10 minutes away, Rhodes said. “They have public safety in their
backyard.”

Roads are another issue. “In 1998, the County Road Department could get people to the
Wheeler Crest area to keep the roads open in the winter,” Rhodes said. That’s changed in the
last year-and-a-half. With limited access, heavy snow isolates residents.

From Rhodes perspective, the communities on the east and west side of District 2 have
the same needs. “There are just different ways to meet those needs,” he added.
If elected, Rhodes said he “hopes to be of help to the community and County
employees. I can have a positive impact. I love it here and want to help the residents, to make a
difference.”

 

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