Stockton council candidate never forgot where he came from
Michael Tubbs' hometown was on his mind and in his heart as he earned undergraduate and master's degrees at Stanford and worked in the White House. Now 22, he hopes to help work on its turnaround.
By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
November 4, 2012
STOCKTON — While Michael Tubbs was winning over Oprah Winfrey, interning at the White House and picking up a Stanford degree, he kept a close eye on home.
Now the 22-year-old, who fought to make it out of the rough part of the city, has returned — and he's running for City Council.
On a recent Saturday at campaign headquarters, Tubbs grabbed a piece of cold pizza and posed for photos with 13-year-old twins Selena and Sabrina and 12-year-old Alise — ignoring the advice of political consultants who have told him to avoid being in pictures with children because it emphasizes his youth. (He did, however, grow a mustache.)
The girls' foster mother, Francis Hilliard, looked on in serious appraisal.