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My name is Zach Courser and I’m running to be your councilmember this November. There is so much that is changing about Claremont and the world. These are unprecedented times. The pandemic makes us feel as if we’re powerless to change our world, and the lack of leadership we see in our politics leaves us feeling alone. Today we feel like we’re on our own, as if the pandemic has shut down our lives.

But it hasn’t.

This unprecedented moment requires new leadership, ideas, and a renewed sense of shared purpose.

My name is Zach Courser and I’m running to be your councilmember this November. There is so much that is changing about Claremont and the world. These are unprecedented times. The pandemic makes us feel as if we’re powerless to change our world, and the lack of leadership we see in our politics leaves us feeling alone. Today we feel like we’re on our own, as if the pandemic has shut down our lives.

But it hasn’t.

This unprecedented moment requires new leadership, ideas, and a renewed sense of shared purpose.

I want to help us see the road ahead, close the widening city budget deficit, provide services our residents depend on, and help our city live up to its core values of inclusiveness, respect, and equality.

I want to help us see the road ahead, close the widening city budget deficit, provide services our residents depend on, and help our city live up to its core values of inclusiveness, respect, and equality.

I want to do this by focusing on Claremont’s community and its neighborhoods. Please take a look at the new District 1 map I created. You’ll see here my personal way of thinking about our district—you won’t find this map in any guide to the city, but I hope you will find yourself in one of our five neighborhoods. The new districted elections give me a chance to focus on the diverse neighborhoods that make up Claremont, and how their residents and histories shape our community. My campaign’s top priority is working to reach out to all residents in the district, to hear their concerns and connect with our neighborhoods. So, I’m organizing my campaign to focus on you and your neighborhood. I’m starting in the south and working my way north with events and outreach focused on each community that makes up District 1.

But I don’t want to get ahead of myself—because I know you won’t care what I say until you know that I care about you and our community. So, let me introduce myself and share with you why I’m running.

I want to do this by focusing on Claremont’s community and its neighborhoods. Please take a look at the new District 1 map I created. You’ll see here my personal way of thinking about our district—you won’t find this map in any guide to the city, but I hope you will find yourself in one of our five neighborhoods.

The new districted elections give me a chance to focus on the diverse neighborhoods that make up Claremont, and how their residents and histories shape our community.

My campaign’s top priority is working to reach out to all residents in the district, to hear their concerns and connect with our neighborhoods. So, I’m organizing my campaign to focus on you and your neighborhood. I’m starting in the south and working my way north with events and outreach focused on each community that makes up District 1.

But I don’t want to get ahead of myself—because I know you won’t care what I say until you know that I care about you and our community. So, let me introduce myself and share with you why I’m running.

Claremont District One
Claraboya & The Wilderness Park School House & Towne Ranch Thompson Creek & Webb Canyon Village North & Pilgrim Place Village West

Claraboya & The Wilderness Park

Claraboya & The Wilderness Park
Neighborhood Conversation 

 September 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 PM

More About Your Neighborhood

School House & Towne Ranch

School  House & Towne Ranch
Neighborhood Conversation
September 16 @ 7 - 8:30 PM

More About Your Neighborhood

Thompson Creek & Webb Canyon

Thompson Creek & Webb Canyon
Neighborhood Conversation

September 23 @ 7 - 8:30 PM

More About Your Nighborhood

Village North & Pilgrim Place

Village North & Pilgrim Place
Neighborhood Conversation

September 9 @ 7 - 8:30 PM

More About Your Neighborhood

Village West

Village West
Neighborhood Conversation

September 2 @ 7 - 8:30 PM

More About Your Neighborhood

Understanding Our Community

Understanding Our Community

The new districted elections give me a chance to focus on the diverse neighborhoods that make up Claremont, and how their residents and histories shape our community. My campaign’s top priority is working to reach out to all residents in the district, to hear their concerns and connect with our neighborhoods. So, I’m organizing my campaign to focus on you and your neighborhood. I’m starting in the south and working my way north with events and outreach focused on each community that makes up District 1.

The new districted elections give me a chance to focus on the diverse neighborhoods that make up Claremont, and how their residents and histories shape our community. My campaign’s top priority is working to reach out to all residents in the district, to hear their concerns and connect with our neighborhoods. So, I’m organizing my campaign to focus on you and your neighborhood. I’m starting in the south and working my way north with events and outreach focused on each community that makes up District 1.

Get Involved

Get Involved

Upcoming Events

Wed 23
Thu 24

Kiwanis City Council Forum

September 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Who I Am?

I’m passionate about our community, and I want to use my experience to serve you as a council member.

Who I Am?

I’m passionate about our community, and I want to use my experience to serve you as a council member.

As Co-Director of CMC's Policy Lab, Zach and his students briefed LA Mayor Garcetti's staff on the UN Global Compact on Migration and the role global cities are playing in serving their migrant and refugee communities.
Zach serves on the Pilgrim Place board and is a member of the Finance Committee. The Committee is currently working on adapting the investment policy to better address racial justice and issues of systemic racism.
As Co-Director of CMC's Policy Lab, Zach and his students briefed LA Mayor Garcetti's staff on the UN Global Compact on Migration and the role global cities are playing in serving their migrant and refugee communities.

I believe in the power of education to empower individuals and communities, and the importance of a politically educated citizenry. This is why I teach public policy at Claremont McKenna College and Co-Direct its Policy Lab.

Zach serves on the Pilgrim Place board and is a member of the Finance Committee. The Committee is currently working on adapting the investment policy to better address racial justice and issues of systemic racism.

I believe in the power of education to empower individuals and communities, and the importance of a politically educated citizenry. This is why I teach public policy at Claremont McKenna College and Co-Direct its Policy Lab.

Zach serves on the Pilgrim Place board and is a member of the Finance Committee. The Committee is currently working on adapting the investment policy to better address racial justice and issues of systemic racism.

I believe in the power of education to empower individuals and communities, and the importance of a politically educated citizenry. This is why I teach public policy at Claremont McKenna College and Co-Direct its Policy Lab.

I care about our seniors and the people and institutions that make Claremont an inclusive, caring and unique place to live. That’s why I’m honored to serve on the board of Pilgrim Place, and support its commitment to justice, peace and care of the Earth.

I care about our seniors and the people and institutions that make Claremont an inclusive, caring and unique place to live. That’s why I’m honored to serve on the board of Pilgrim Place, and support its commitment to justice, peace and care of the Earth.

Zach thanks former Claremont Mayor Joe Lyons during the Housing Claremont kickoff event in February for all his many contributions to helping get the organization started.
One of the things Zach loves most about Claremont is its walkability and bikeability. He rides his bike to work nearly everyday.
Zach thanks former Claremont Mayor Joe Lyons during the Housing Claremont kickoff event in February for all his many contributions to helping get the organization started.

I care deeply about affordable housing and ending homelessness. That’s why I’m president of Housing Claremont and write grants for the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP).

One of the things Zach loves most about Claremont is its walkability and bikeability. He rides his bike to work nearly everyday.

I care deeply about affordable housing and ending homelessness. That’s why I’m president of Housing Claremont and write grants for the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP).

I care about making Claremont accessible for all transportation options, and enabling people to walk, bike, and ride. Walkability is an importance resource we enjoy, and I want to promote. That’s why when I was chair of Claremont’s Traffic & Transportation Commission I developed a Complete Streets policy to connect Claremont’s neighborhoods.

I care about making Claremont accessible for all transportation options, and enabling people to walk, bike, and ride. Walkability is an importance resource we enjoy, and I want to promote. That’s why when I was chair of Claremont’s Traffic & Transportation Commission I developed a Complete Streets policy to connect Claremont’s neighborhoods.

Claremont's history informs its future, as reflected in our diverse neighborhoods. Zach is on the board of Claremont Heritage, located in the Garner House in Memorial Park. He enjoys volunteering on the annual Home Tour.

I care about Claremont’s history and historical resources, and the stories and people that have built our strong neighborhoods that are the foundation of our resilient community. That’s why I’m a board member of Claremont Heritage, and am sensitive to how our unique history has built our city, and how it is the foundation for our future.

Claremont's history informs its future, as reflected in our diverse neighborhoods. Zach is on the board of Claremont Heritage, located in the Garner House in Memorial Park. He enjoys volunteering on the annual Home Tour.

I care about Claremont’s history and historical resources, and the stories and people that have built our strong neighborhoods that are the foundation of our resilient community. That’s why I’m a board member of Claremont Heritage, and am sensitive to how our unique history has built our city, and how it is the foundation for our future.

What Are My Commitments to Claremont?

Providing Trust

Trust is the foundation we build local government on. When measures critical to Claremont’s future fail, like Measure CR, I think it’s a troubling sign of a lack of trust. Financial sustainability is a persistent and increasingly urgent priority. Without trust there’s little chance we’ll be able to meet this challenge.

I will work to rebuild trust in our city’s government. That’s why during this campaign I’m working to reach out to all residents in the district, to hear their concerns and connect with our neighborhoods. It’s my top priority, and one we can’t afford to ignore. The renewed movement for social and racial justice rising up across the city and the nation, as well as the challenges of the pandemic, make leadership more important than ever. We must work together and add all our voices to be heard. Trust is earned. Reaching out to you and hearing your voice is how I want to earn yours.

Providing Trust

Trust is the foundation we build local government on. When measures critical to Claremont’s future fail, like Measure CR, I think it’s a troubling sign of a lack of trust. Financial sustainability is a persistent and increasingly urgent priority. Without trust there’s little chance we’ll be able to meet this challenge.

I will work to rebuild trust in our city’s government. That’s why during this campaign I’m working to reach out to all residents in the district, to hear their concerns and connect with our neighborhoods. It’s my top priority, and one we can’t afford to ignore. The renewed movement for social and racial justice rising up across the city and the nation, as well as the challenges of the pandemic, make leadership more important than ever. We must work together and add all our voices to be heard. Trust is earned. Reaching out to you and hearing your voice is how I want to earn yours.

Promoting Inclusive Housing

I believe the burden of the high cost of housing falls heaviest on our most vulnerable and least represented residents. It segregates and divides communities. It makes our community less inclusive, and prevents many of us who work here from sharing in the valuable resources of the city.

I care deeply about affordable housing and ending homelessness. That’s why I’m president of Housing Claremont and write grants for the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP). I’ve got experience building local coalitions to advocate for more diverse housing options in Claremont. I will bring this experience and vision to the City Council, and continue the challenging but essential goal of making housing more affordable. And if we don’t act as a city toward this goal our ability to decide on land use will continue to be eroded by Sacramento.

Promoting Inclusive Housing

I believe the burden of the high cost of housing falls heaviest on our most vulnerable and least represented residents. It segregates and divides communities. It makes our community less inclusive, and prevents many of us who work here from sharing in the valuable resources of the city.

I care deeply about affordable housing and ending homelessness. That’s why I’m president of Housing Claremont and write grants for the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP). I’ve got experience building local coalitions to advocate for more diverse housing options in Claremont. I will bring this experience and vision to the City Council, and continue the challenging but essential goal of making housing more affordable. And if we don’t act as a city toward this goal our ability to decide on land use will continue to be eroded by Sacramento.

Prioritizing Sustainability

Climate change is a reality, and Claremont shares in the responsibility to rethink how we live and work to protect our future. I’ve joined the Clean Power Alliance and I bike to work.

We can all take small, individual steps like these to make our lifestyles more sustainable, but there’s so much more we can do as a community to make sustainability a priority in city operations.

I want policymaking in Claremont to focus on how we can do more with fewer resources through intelligent planning, innovative programs, and community involvement. We need to use water more wisely. We need cleaner energy and to use it more efficiently. But in order to improve we need to know how we’re using resources. I want to bring back our Sustainability Report Cards, find ways the Claremont can implement solar power in city facilities, and work with community groups like Sustainable Claremont to achieve these goals.

Prioritizing Sustainability

Climate change is a reality, and Claremont shares in the responsibility to rethink how we live and work to protect our future. I’ve joined the Clean Power Alliance and I bike to work.

We can all take small, individual steps like these to make our lifestyles more sustainable, but there’s so much more we can do as a community to make sustainability a priority in city operations.

I want policymaking in Claremont to focus on how we can do more with fewer resources through intelligent planning, innovative programs, and community involvement. We need to use water more wisely. We need cleaner energy and to use it more efficiently. But in order to improve we need to know how we’re using resources. I want to bring back our Sustainability Report Cards, find ways the Claremont can implement solar power in city facilities, and work with community groups like Sustainable Claremont to achieve these goals.

Protecting Local Business

One of the pillars that support Claremont are its businesses. We depend on our local businesses for vital sales tax revenue to support our city’s excellent services. We depend on local business to provide jobs, services, and community building. And the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic have endangered business owners and their employees alike. To preserve and protect our community we must take strong actions to rebuild and support Claremont’s business community. 

As a councilmember I will make local business a priority, and work to make the city more intentional in its commitment and vision for business. We have to restructure our approach to city finances through thinking how building business builds our city budget. We need to reach out to businesses and commit to providing them with resources that sustain them through hard times and support them in good. We cannot have a strong city without a strong business environment, and I will work to make it a priority.

Protecting Local Business

One of the pillars that support Claremont are its businesses. We depend on our local businesses for vital sales tax revenue to support our city’s excellent services. We depend on local business to provide jobs, services, and community building. And the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic have endangered business owners and their employees alike. To preserve and protect our community we must take strong actions to rebuild and support Claremont’s business community. 

As a councilmember I will make local business a priority, and work to make the city more intentional in its commitment and vision for business. We have to restructure our approach to city finances through thinking how building business builds our city budget. We need to reach out to businesses and commit to providing them with resources that sustain them through hard times and support them in good. We cannot have a strong city without a strong business environment, and I will work to make it a priority.

What Can You Do?

If you share in my vision and want to help support my campaign to listen to Claremont’s neighborhoods, please:

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Endorse Zach

Sign up to “endorse” my campaign on my website.

Display a Sign

Put up a sign to show your neighbors your support for my vision.

Volunteer

Volunteer to help me reach out to residents to hear their concerns.

Contribute

Contributing to my campaign to support getting the word out to residents

I hope to hear from you during the course of the election and earn your vote. Please feel free to reach out to me: zach@zachcourser.com  to submit a question or share your ideas about how we can work together to meet the unprecedented challenges we face as a community.

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