Calling California’s 8th Senate District sprawling is an understatement. It includes all or part of 10 counties, stretching from the edge of Sacramento to Yosemite National Park through Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks to Death Valley. It borders Nevada on the east and touches much of the San Joaquin Valley in the west.
I have the utmost respect for Suzzette Norris and I have no problem with her becoming undersheriff. She has the qualifications for the position. But I have some concerns how Sheriff’s candidate Vern Warnke is going to address the issue of enhancing officer and public safety when he wants to put patrol on 10-hour shifts, which puts fewer officers on patrol, and will drastically affect the citizens of the county. His plans for towers at the jail facility are great, but where are these extra correctional officers coming from to staff them? They are already understaffed, since they’re mandated to work overtime just to fill shifts.
One of the responsibilities of a county supervisor is to oversee and approve the county’s budget. When choosing your elected leaders, one only has to look at both candidates pre-election statements filed for their campaigns. Tony Dosetti reported $10,520 in outstanding debts – money he has loaned himself to fund his campaign. Daron McDaniel reported no outstanding debts and has funded his campaign through community support. McDaniel has met his budget by raising money to meet his goals. This is the leadership we need. Common sense solutions and a work ethic that gets out and makes things happen. We need new voices to lead this county forward, not the same “good ol’ boys.” I encourage you to vote for Daron McDaniel for Merced County Supervisor District 3.
To the people of Atwater: Please consider this when you cast your vote for Merced County Supervisor, District 3: Merced resident and Merced City Councilman Tony Dossetti is not only not standing up to his commitment to the term he was elected, he has consistently flipped on his votes. Voting to continue Parsons Avenue then not to, then voting to continue. He did the same thing with the land rezone by the hospital that would increase traffic by Cruickshank School. He voted against it then he voted for it despite the pleas of Merced City School District.
The drought has devastated our region and investing in more reliable water supplies for the San Joaquin Valley is critically important. As a member of a valley water board, I have always looked for solutions to improve water reliability. This election provides us an opportunity to improve reliability by voting for Proposition 1.
Jim Costa has been a friend of our family for years. He has cared for and seen our Central Valley and Merced City grow and go through both good times and tough times. Throughout those times Jim has consistently participated and supported the wishes and the activities within our community.
When I became a pastor as a young man, I was prepared to minister to my congregants through all phases of their lives. I expected to spend my time welcoming new babies into the world, sharing biblical principles with thriving families, and ministering to our elders in their last days. I knew I would be called upon to offer comfort through hard times, illness and loss.
There might not be a more dramatic example of the dangers of police work than the shooting spree that left two sheriff’s deputies dead and a deputy and a bystander wounded Friday in Northern California.
Those of us who submitted this letter have known and worked with Vern Warnke, candidate for Sheriff Merced. This endorsement of Vern is a testament to the belief that Vern is the best person for the office of Merced County Sheriff. This endorsements represent former sheriff department employees who worked many different departments with in the sheriff’s office.
This election Atwater has the opportunity to put an end to the terrible mismanagement of the city. Residents have been sold a bill of goods by the mayor and the city manager, who talk about our financial road to recovery when actually both travel down a scary road, as they whistle past the graveyard.
Jack Mobley says he’s campaigning on common sense and less government. It would have made more “common sense” if we had had more government oversight into regulating greedy water mining, then we wouldn’t have farmers cultivating their land with a drilling rig to grow multiple commercial deep wells and pumping our underground water as a never-ending harvest.
Voters, please do not vote the way The Fresno Bee, The Merced Sun-Star or The Modesto Bee – or anyone else – tells you to vote. Do a little research for yourself and vote for whomever you think will do the job best for you. Please do not follow blindly, doing what you’re told by anyone; make your own choices. That is what voting is all about!
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