Correcting the record:
Is my opponent confused or dishonest?
My opponent falsely suggests I don't support our seniors and programs related to their needs. In FACT, I voted in March to increase funding to Common Ground Senior Services by $4,000. In FACT, aside from county support, I have personally given to many senior programs including Common Ground Senior Services. Also, my opponent is actively working to mislead voters by intentionally twisting and misconstruing my comments. For the truth, please read the attached letter from the Associate Director of Common Ground Senior Services-the provider of the Meals-on-Wheels program, which was published in the Ledger Dispatch. May 23,2018 - Letters to the Editor — Feed Pickle Relish for Seniors?, Kathi Toepel
Is my opponent confused or dishonest?My opponent claims I haven't supported technology in the county, when in FACT I have, including the addition and expansion of 13 cells towers and the expansion of high speed internet to our schools, libraries and small businesses, among other things.
Is my opponent confused or dishonest?My opponent will have you believe that I don't represent my constituents, which is completely false. The union has pumped $35,000 into the last two local elections to get candidates elected on the Board of Supervisors. They will have their 3rd representative on the Board of Supervisors and control future decisions if my opponent wins! My opponent promises to represent constituents yet seems to have forgotten her vote has already been bought and paid for by the Service Employees International Union. In FACT, she signed a pledge with the union in exchange for a large sum of money. I have refused to sign the union pledge, which disqualifies me from their 'endorsement', ensuring I keep myself accountable to all constituents. I view my responsibility as not only to the County and County employees, but ultimately to all residents of the 5th District.
Is my opponent confused or dishonest?My opponent has distorted my record in many ways, including my support of affordable housing improvements. When the HERO/PACE program (providing financing for certain water and energy retrofit projects for property owners) first came before the Board in February 2017, it had major issues. I had great concerns, as did the County Auditor and Treasurer, due to how it was financed and its lack of consumer protection measures. The program was redesigned, came again before the Board of Supervisors in November of 2017, wherein I gave it my support.
Is my opponent confused or dishonest?I am opposed to commercial marijuana grows in Amador County! I seek to protect our family-friendly values and environment we all enjoy. I do recognize the medicinal value that helps many individuals. My opponent is again misleading you. She states I voted to prevent local access and implies that I do not support the personal use of medicinal marijuana. In FACT, I voted in support of the private growth of up to 12 plants for medicinal use. The FACT is, my opponent keeps changing her mind on the issue of commercial marijuana grows: On her website she states she wants to “Establish a blue-ribbon panel of citizens and experts to help the county determine how best to address the state's legalization of marijuana use.” At an April 18 Candidates’ Forum: She used "think" numerous times stating she doesn’t “think [she] could ever support it…”. She then changed her stance stating her opposition to commercial grows at a May 10 Candidates’ Forum. Now, in her recent campaign mailer: “Supports forming a community committee to … seek best local solutions to use in Amador County.” Is she for it, against it, just taking a stance to get votes, or punting it to unknown groups to decide for you? You know right where I stand! OPPOSED. Lets protect our county!
Is my opponent confused or dishonest?My opponent claims “Sanctuary State status does not affect our county, and our law enforcement won’t have to deal with it.” Common sense says that it does, and the impact will only increase with time. I am opposed to Sanctuary State status. It is an issue of PUBLIC SAFETY when undocumented immigrant felons must be released from our jails and local law enforcement cannot inform ICE. According to local law enforcement, on an annual average, 4.16% of our jail population were undocumented felons. It is an issue that directly affects Amador County once those felons are released, whether they are from our jails or from neighboring counties.
Is my opponent confused or dishonest?My opponent claims she will aggressively “seek new sources of funding” for our roads and implies that I have not sought out such funding myself. With all the county resources Amador County possesses, along with 5 sitting Supervisors with various lengths of service, avenues of alternative funding have been actively explored and sought after. I have acquired grant monies for District 5 for special projects and I will continue to seek more for the county. In FACT, 45% of our past Public Works Department funding is from grants already.
Is my opponent confused or dishonest?My opponent, who is beholden to the SEIU, wants to tie supervisorial salary to that of county workers. She argues the Board of Supervisors should vote on their own raises. In fact, the policy of tying raises to union employee raises was changed years ago to prevent supervisors giving out more raises in order to boost their own pay. During the recession I took a 10% reduction in pay, and for the following 8 years I refused to take a scheduled pay increase. My income stayed the same, or even decreased, while I still supported raises for other county employees. I work for you, the taxpayer!
My opponent's use of distorted pie charts of my record seems to be her attempted method of choice in promoting herself. In FACT, if she is elected as District 5's representative will distorting information continue to be her method of choice? I am a straight-up person and represent you with honesty and integrity. Please read the facts below:
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Amador County is a wonderful place to live, raise a family, and have a business. I have worked for you over the years to protect the values we all share and enjoy. My approach has been to serve constituents with honesty and integrity, steadfastly representing the values of the people of the 5th District. My approach is an ethical one, and I respectfully ask for your vote on June 5th.