Rutledge Offers Youth & Break From The Status Quo In Apple Valley Council Run

Matthew Rutledge said he would make a good civic leader in Apple Valley because his approach to governance goes beyond the staid confines of the existing political establishment.
Rutledge is running against incumbent Councilman Curt Emick in District 4.
“I am running for town council because I would like to make a difference in my community,” said Rutledge. “I want to make things in my community more accessible for those in wheelchairs, senior citizens, and people who ride bikes. I also want my constituents to know that their concerns and voices are truly heard, that their concerns won’t be ‘swept under the rug.’”
Rutledge said, “I believe I am qualified to hold the position of town councilman because I have the ability to put myself on the front lines. I would fight for the rights of my constituents but also ensure that issues in town are handled correctly and properly the first time when the issue is brought to our attention. I also believe I’m qualified because I’m always up for a challenge, and I’m not one to back down. I’m willing to go above and beyond when situations require it, and when I tell you I’m going to do something, I’m going to follow through on my word.”
Rutledge said, “I believe what distinguishes me from my opponent is that I am younger. I am 28 years old. I have many new ideas for improvement in the town. I’m willing to meet one-on-one with my constituents, and I’m willing to follow up on concerns that are shared with me. I also will not shut out someone’s opinions about town issues, even if they conflict with my own. I’m always willing and ready to hear from my constituents.”
In sizing up the challenges Apple Valley must come to terms with, Rutledge said, “The major issues that I believe that the town faces are road repair, crime, accessibility and traffic safety. I believe these issues should be redressed by looking into their main causes, starting appropriate studies to find ways to address problems brought to my attention, and ensuring that my constituents are satisfied with the final results.”
He said the town can defray the cost of the solutions he proposes using existing revenues and available money for specific purposes, which can be obtained by making successful grant and funding applications with the State of California and the federal government.
“I propose that the solutions will be covered out of community improvement grants, state funding, and if necessary out of the town budget but not until other resources have been exhausted,” he said.
Rutledge acknowledged, “I don’t currently possess government experience, but I have personally witnessed and experienced individuals fighting for civil rights and have attended many town council meetings.”
His lack of hands-on experience should not be seen as a detriment, he said, but an opportunity to embrace innovation and new ideas.
A resident of Apple Valley for seven years, Rutledge attended high school at Grace Academy PSP, a private study program. He studied at Victor Valley College and Cerritos College before attending UMass Global, formerly known as Brandman University, from which he obtained a BA in liberal arts. He was formerly employed as a special needs paraeducator, and is now seeking employment
“I am not currently married, nor do I have any children or grandchildren,” he said.
Rutledge said, “I am a person of high morals and values, and my constituents can feel free to reach out to me, regarding their concerns.”

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