June 25, 2008 > Lorenz announces candidacy for Fremont City Council
Lorenz announces candidacy for Fremont City Council
Months of speculation about whether Dirk Lorenz would again run for Fremont City Council ended as of this date. Lorenz has announced he will be a candidate for a council seat in the November 4 election. A local business owner and past president of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, Lorenz is currently a member of the Fremont Planning Commission. He narrowly lost his first bid for a council seat in 2004 to current councilmember Bob Wieckowski.
Although Lorenz noted that he has had the desire to run for a council seat since then, financial considerations have been a deterrent. Recently his situation has changed and allowed more time to concentrate on a campaign and council matters. "It's an affordability factor. I can now afford to dedicate the time to do the job that I think needs to be done," said Lorenz.
Dirk believes that "one major project" - the A's - is capturing significant attention of the council but there are many other city projects that need consideration. "I am thinking past that project. If I am fortunate enough to be elected to council and serve two terms, that will put me there until 2017. In that time, I want to help create the vision of Fremont in 2020 - 2025 and beyond." Lorenz said he will place a major focus on Fremont's historic districts. "I am passionate about the districts which need to be an integral part of Fremont." He noted that many individuals are heavily involved in the city through the districts which create "a sense of community."
Dirk is convinced that his long tenure with civic organizations and life in Fremont give him an institutional memory that can add stability and knowledge to the council. He said he will bring "a fresh perspective" to the council.