“I am more resolute than ever that our best days are truly ahead,” he said in his first speech as mayor.
Before a packed house of city, community and business leaders at Stockton’s Bob Hope Theatre, Tubbs was sworn in as the city’s first black mayor Tuesday evening. At 26, Tubbs is also the youngest mayor of a large U.S. city.
Also sworn in were Jesus Andrade, Susan Lenz and Dan Wright as newly elected council members.
Tubbs told the Business Journal in October that he sees government as a place where people can come together to solve problems, but that it can’t do everything. He repeated that sentiment Tuesday.
“(This is) an invitation not to believe in me, but to believe in the collective ‘we,’” he said.
Tubbs credited the southside Stockton community where he grew up with helping him work toward a Stanford education and a White House internship.
He decided to return to Stockton and run for City Council after his cousin was murdered six years ago. He has represented District 6 for the past four years.
In November, he overwhelmingly won election over incumbent Mayor Anthony Silva and officially took office Jan. 1.
On Tuesday, Tubbs officially appointed Councilman Elbert Holman as vice mayor. Tubbs also made committee assignments.
Tubbs said his priorities would be making sure the city provides adequate housing and cracking down on slumlords, improving public safety, increasing economic opportunity and improving education.
“We are poised to be a model of urban renewal,” Tubbs said.