James Clayton Predmore
Born May 5, 1956 in Seattle, Washington
I have lived most of my life in Southern California as my parents moved from Everett, Washington to Glendora, California when I was 18 months old. I graduated from Glendora High School in 1974.
My first job was at the age of 15, when I started working at my dad’s auto repair shop. At 17, I got a job at a Ralph’s grocery store where I worked for a couple of years until transferring to their warehouse and working for 10 years. In my late 20’s I changed careers and started working in the automobile industry and worked in that industry for 15 years, managing all different aspects on the service side from assistant service manager to used car service manager and then used car manager.
In 2001, I moved to Holtville to be closer to my brother. In 2004, I became an employee of Turning Point. One of the greatest rewards of working for Turning Point was that I found by helping others, I helped myself. I worked at Turning Point until 2008. It was at Turning Point that I met my wife, Betty, where we worked together helping others through the many outreaches the ministry is involved in. It was through participating in these outreaches and being a part of helping this community that I found my real love for the City of Holtville and a desire to become an active, involved member of this community.
Betty and I married a little over 8 years ago. The Lord has blessed us with the great opportunity of bringing together and raising 10 children. My oldest daughter Ashley lives in Oceanside with her new husband Tyler Roberson, and had their first child in January making me a grandparent for the first time. She received her Master’s Degree in Business and currently works for a law firm. Betty’s oldest son Cody lives in Los Angeles. He received his degree at the Los Angeles School of Recording and is a recording engineer for several music studios. Nick is attending college in Los Angeles. Cassie has graduated from BIOLA University. Amanda is working for an Acura dealer in their business office. Kyle just graduated from high school. Emily will be an senior this year,.
Almost 7 years ago, my wife and I received a phone call asking if we would consider fostering a child in need and we decided that would be an awesome experience. We filled out the paperwork, did the inspections, and waited for the call. When the call came, we were surprised to hear that the agency was looking for foster parents for THREE children, siblings they were trying to unite in one home. We took the leap of faith and fostered these children for almost 2 years. We then decided to make them a permanent part of our family and on December 30, 2012, we celebrated our Adoption Day! Bryan is 12 and will be a 7th grader at Finley Elementary. 9-year-old Jovanney and is in 4th grade. Lizbeth is 7 and enjoys 2nd grade. They have added so much joy to our lives and completed our big, crazy family.
I began working at the Holtville Tribune in 2009 as the website editor and started taking photographs and covering local events. This raised my interest in what was happening in our community. In March of 2009 I was appointed to the Holtville Planning Commission and served as Chairperson of that committee. On November 6th 2012 I was elected to the Holtville City Council where I am currently serving my fourth year of my first term and am serving as Holtville’s Mayor. I am current serving as the Chairman for the Imperial County Transportation Commission and serving on the Community, Economic and Human Development Policy Committee for the Southern California Association of Governments, where we work on policies that effect the 19 million people who live here in the 6 counties that are represented by SCAG in Southern California.
Senior Elder at Turning Point Life Center and also a board member of the Green and Gold Hall of Fame.
I have fallen in love with the City of Holtville and would greatly appreciate being able to continue to serve this city as a member of the City Council. I would like to see Holtville prosper with new businesses and housing, and bring in more tax revenue to improve parks and community centers. By building on the family-friendly reputation that Holtville has, we can attract young families, build up our school populations, and see our city thrive.