Now that absentee ballots are being sent back to the County and sample ballots are being opened, here is how I would encourage folks to vote in the Oakley area on voting day. While this is not a complete ballot, these are races which I strongly endorse and encourage folks to follow me on election day!
Up first, my race.
Ironhouse Sanitary District
This is easy, vote for me! While you can vote for up to three candidates, voting only for me gives your vote more meaning–the math is proven because you are not adding extra votes to my opponents. Note, if your going to vote for two, throw Aaron Meadows a vote!
In all seriousness, if you are going to vote for three, then all incumbents must go (David Conteras and Michael Painter). Ratepayers automatically will be saving money on benefits as we would come in at a much lower paying tier than the current board. If nothing else, it reduces the burden on ratepayers.
Oakley City Council
Diane Burgis should be on every residents ballot. She is the most complete candidate of the bunch. Given the field, Kevin Romick deserves another term while I believe David Hansen would be a solid asset to the council.
Assembly District 11
This one shouldn’t even be hesitation. Oakley residents should want representation in Sacramento regardless of politics. With that said, Mike Hudson is an extremist who created a Tea Party Chapter in Solano County who is pretending to be more moderate than he really is so he can get votes. Truth is, the Republicans are not even supporting him. Jim Frazier has always been what he is, a moderate trying to put people to work with a common sense approach!
I actually happen to like Mark Meuser as a person, but going up against Mark DeSaulnier who has a lot of accomplishments and a large network. He is by far the best man for the job! Watching the debate a few weeks back, it wasn’t even close as DeSaulnier won with facts and solid explanations of the issues rather than talking points.
I thought about this all of about two-seconds. Having followed this race very closely, Ricky Gil would damage the District with his arrogance. He also claims social issues are not a part of his campaign and focusing on what he considers “bread and butter” issues–sorry Ricky, you don’t get to pick the issues, the voters do!
He has little going for him as we inch towards November so he has gone very negative. As someone who believes in protecting the Delta, with Gill accepting money from the water district that stands to gain the most from the canal, Gill should be rejected by all voters in the 9th District.
Community College District, Ward 5
I’ve met both candidates. Woolridge is by far the choice and think he can do some good. He has a very nice platform that if implemented can do a lot of good for the community and the students.
Antioch School District
For those of us who are deemed “Oakley Orphans”, you have a say on the Antioch School Board. While you can vote up to three, your vote carries more weight if you vote for just 1 or 2 candidates. Diane Gibson-Gray is the best choice.
And for the bonus….
Excuse my “french” but this is a big fat HELL NO!!!! Anytime one side (Democrat/Republican) tries and silence the other side its flat out wrong on principal. We can disagree on politics, but to silence one side is un-American. Many Republicans have even called Prop 32 “imperfect” due to the many many many special exemptions.