Name: Mr. Casey Tanaka
Place of residence: Coronado
Attended college: Yes
Degree: BA with honors in History
Year of graduation: 1997
Job titles held: This will be my 14th year teaching History full-time at Coronado High School
Employers: Coronado Unified School District
Party affiliation: This is a Non-Partisan Race
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Mayor of Coronado
First elected: 04 November 2008
Previous elective offices: I was elected to the Coronado City Council in 2002 and 2006.
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: I ran unsuccessfully in 2000.
Address 1314 Second Street
Name: I am managing my own campaign
The following was submitted by Casey Tanaka:
I moved to Coronado the summer before my second grade year in 1983. I grew up here on the Island and graduated from Coronado High School in 1994. I received the Bill Davis Award for excellence in the study of History and the first ever Islander Award Plaque for Social Science as a Senior at CHS. I then went on to study History at UCSD where I received my BA with honors in History. My Honors thesis was about the impact made by Hyman Rickover on the US Nuclear Navy.
After graduating from UCSD in 1997, I started substitute teaching in the Coronado public schools and in 1999, after completing my California Teaching Credential, I was hired to teach AP US History at Coronado High School. I have been teaching full-time at CHS ever since.
In 2002, I was elected to the Coronado City Council and I was re-elected in 2006. In 2008, I was elected Coronado's 50th Mayor and I will be up for Re-Election on November 6, 2012. I am proud of the financial stewardship provided by the City Councils that I have served on these past ten years and I have been proud to lead the City Council for the last four years as Mayor.
We have succeeded at maintaining a high level of service for our citizens while maintaining steadfast financial discipline. We have held the line on employee salaries and have worked with employee groups to get them to pay a larger share of their pension obligations. Fire and Police employees now pay a 9% share of their pension costs and non-Public Safety employees are paying an 8% share of their pension costs. Before I took office as Mayor, they were paying 0% of these pension costs.
I am proud of where our City and her public services stand and I would be honored to continue to serve as Coronado's Mayor.