Like most running for office, Chuck Reynolds has been subject to scrutiny on his past.
Tonight, the candidate shares his side of the story with Action News Now, in his first televised interview this election season.
We met Candidate Reynolds at the construction site of the new Cal Fire headquarters in Oroville. Also present was his 18-year-old son, Greyson.
"Everything he does is trying to make the community a better place," says the younger Reynolds, who referenced when his father sponsored his football team as an example.
Reynold's roots run deep in Oroville, all the way back to 1870. Now, the businessman, who owns two masonry companies, is building blocks he hopes will lead him to the mayor's seat.
"Now is a very important time in our town," Reynold says. "My main goal is to re-establish trust in the community for the council."
Reynolds says he is against introducing marijuana dispensaries to Oroville as he does not believe selling drugs in the community is a good way to help drive city finances.
“Public safety is my top priority," he adds. "I am in full support of our police department and our Chief. We need to make sure they receive the resources and policies they need to keep us safe.”
Recent revelations from the past now chip at the foundation of Reynold's reputation. News broke of a 1996 drug possession charge, in September.
"The felony was when I was a single man," Reynold tells Action News Now. "I made different decisions when I was single...it's the trials and experience that lay the foundation of who we are today. I can tell you exactly who you should not be, as well as tell you how we should be."
Action News Now asked Reynolds opponent, current Vice Mayor Janet Goodson in September of her arrest record.
"I too have experienced some very painful but important lessons during my youth, as most of us have," she says in part in a written statement.
In an election season already packed with drama, there's no question that this race will be a tough fight to the finish.
"He has seen the worst and he knows how to stay away from it now," says Reynold's son. "That gives him the point of view that helps him make our town better."
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