This article was submitted to the Appeal-Democrat in response to the following questions:
- Who you are and what you do, what you consider to be your “community” and what your mission is (in regards to work or special interests).
- My top three priorities, with a little explanation with each, regarding your work as a community leader.
I’m Gary Bradford, your Yuba County Supervisor for the 4th District, covering the entire “south County” — Plumas Lake, Wheatland and Beale Air Force Base. My wife, Jennifer, and I have been married for almost 20 years and have been proud residents of Plumas Lake for over 13 years. We have two children, Justin & Megan. For over 20 years I’ve served as an information technology specialist.
My public service started on the RD784 Board and the Olivehurst Public Utility District Board (OPUD) before being elected in 2016 as Supervisor. In my Supervisor role, I also serve on the Yuba Water Agency Board and 17 committees.
My focus as Supervisor has been on communication, transparency and economic development. With power generation revenue now “pouring” in, Yuba County has an extremely bright future. Our biggest challenge is how do we use these funds to help Yuba County thrive.
Looking forward, my goals are to continue the buildout of Plumas Lake, provide County assistance to start the approved developments in Wheatland, complete a route study for the Wheatland Bypass, complete design work for a South Beale Road interchange and a Hwy 65/70 connector.
To spur job creation, I am working to extend a wastewater line from OPUD to the Sports & Entertainment Zone, Rancho Road and within connection distance to the City of Wheatland.
Having Beale AFB in our community is a right we must earn every day. I recently attended conference in Washington D.C. focused on what we can do as a community to improve the infrastructure to support our Base’s mission. My goal is to maintain a close partnership with Beale and apply for newly available infrastructure grant funding that I learned about at the conference.
From cheering on the Wheatland Pirates, to floating down the Feather River with friends, and from listening to my favorite country artists at the Toyota Amphitheater, to watching a U-2 take off from Beale… I am truly blessed to live in Yuba County!