Education: High school graduate, two years at Orange Coast College
Occupation: Owner, Golden Steer Steak & Rib House; Kent City Councilmember
Jim Berrios is a Kent City Councilmember, former School Board member, and current candidate for mayor. He and his wife, Suzanne, own Kent’s award-winning Golden Steer Steak and Rib House, employing over 40 people. Their three children are products of the Kent School District and have gone on to pursue careers in education, nursing, and law enforcement.
Through the restaurant, Jim takes pride in being an active corporate citizen – hosting civic events and community meetings, providing monthly meals for people who are homeless and in need, contributing to several charities each year, and hosting an annual Thanksgiving dinner for over 400 people in need.
Jim has developed a reputation as a straight-talker, watchdog, and advocating for making City Hall more open and transparent. He brings over 18 years of community service to his role as a councilmember and candidacy for mayor. Jim believes in making City Hall accessible to everyone in our diverse community and attends weekly meetings and events throughout our city’s neighborhoods. Jim has a strong appreciation of the importance of public safety and its variety of components, including crime prevention.
Jim’s extensive business experience will help Kent increase opportunities for local entrepreneurs, attract regional investment, and grow good, local jobs for Kent families. His experience in education and on the Kent School Board will help him expand high-quality and affordable educational opportunities for Kent’s K-12 and college students.
Jim is a public servant, not a politician.
How long have you lived in Kent?
What do you love most about Kent?
The people – I am continually impressed and moved by how willing our community is to help each other.
What do you see as the top 5 issues facing the City of Kent in the next 4 years?
In the next four years we will need to address our city’s finances and the impending fiscal cliff, gun safety and opiod addiction and public safety as a whole, sustainable parks funding, continuing to fix and work on upkeep on our roads and sidewalks, and finally addressing the affordable housing issue and homelessness in Kent.