James Crockett: ‘I don’t have any connections to mega churches.’

Occupation: Social Science Teacher
Age: 41

Candidate statement

“Motivated to make a difference I started attending Redding City Council meetings in 2017. I ran for Redding City Council in 2018 and lost by around 1%. Since then I have continued to attend (or watch) every single regularly scheduled council meeting. I have worked hard to stay informed on the issues important to Redding constituents.

As a husband and father I am not just running to invest in my community but also into the lives of my four young children. As a social science teacher I know the best way to reduce crime and increase the standard of living is through economic opportunity.

If I am elected I would work hard to ensure my community and my children see Redding as a place to be and not a place to leave. I am running for council but I have no desire to be part of a large political apparatus.

I don’t have any connections to mega churches or million dollar businesses, I am not accepting campaign donations. Perhaps this means I won’t win but I would rather lose than owe someone favors. My desire is to represent my community and make the decisions that are in our best interest.”

Videos, forums, online information

James Crockett Facebook page
Action News Now video candidate segment
Sam Chimenti KRCR Know Your Candidate interview
James Crockett Facebook statement
KQMS interview
Shasta Environmental Alliance forum
Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce forum
League of Women Voters Cascade Theatre forum

Additional details
  • Crockett was a defeated Redding City Council candidate in 2018. During his campaign he asked that supporters donate money to Shasta College Carr Fire victims rather than to his campaign.
  • Crockett runs a low-key, low-budget campaign, without displaying signs or asking for endorsements.
  • He teachers government, economics and math at Shasta College.
  • He has watched city council meetings since 2016. “I’ve been listening for a long time. I could talk to you about issues over the last six, seven years that I’m guessing most of these candidates haven’t heard about, including Mr. Dacquisto.
  • Represented more than 400 part-time Shasta College faculty for more than five years.
  • Regarding Auditorium/Rodeo Grounds property: “I was there when the presentation was made. The corporation that wanted to do something there does not deal in small city venues. The guy teleconferenced from France. The only reason we were even in the ballpark for this deal was because the person who organizes this stuff is actually a Redding native and he wanted to bring something back to Redding. However, I am against outright selling the property. I would not agree with that. I would be looking at something like a 50-year lease, and then, if things are not going the way we would like them to be, you would get that property back.”
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Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded A News Cafe in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain holds a Bachelor's Degree in journalism from CSU, Chico. She's an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She's been featured and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, L.A. Times, Slate. Bloomberg News and on CNN, KQED and KPFA. She lives in Redding, California.

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