Opinion: Richard Englefield, far better choice over Greg Prada
I read with interest your extensive coverage of the four candidates running for Divisions 2 and 4 on the EID Board or Directors. I encourage Mountain Democrat readers to read, or re-read, the candidate interviews in the Sept. 11 Mountain Democrat. It would be time well spent.
Three of the candidates seem genuinely interested in serving on the EID board to keep EID a first-rate water and wastewater provider, while holding down rate increases. The fourth candidate, however, is not what he may seem to the uninitiated or casual observer. That candidate is Greg Prada.
I have been present at numerous EID board meetings when Mr. Prada has been extremely argumentative and disrespectful to General Manager Jim Abercrombie and other EID staff. In fact, at the August board meeting, Mr. Prada left the room while still arguing and shouting. He didn’t even wait to hear the response to his latest allegation of mismanagement and misrepresentation. Imagine my surprise, when I read in Mr. Prada’s interview, “I am absolutely impressed with the general manager…”
Oh, really? When did Mr. Prada suddenly develop his affection for the general manager whom he regularly has belittled for over the years?
I have met Richard Englefield, the other Division 2 candidate. I am impressed by his humble sincerity to help EID ratepayers. Sometimes he may not blow his own horn loud enough to be heard over Prada’s bombastic rhetoric, but I find that refreshing in a candidate. Englefield has worked virtual miracles at Grizzly Flat CSD, which was nearly bankrupt with a failing water system, insufficient water rights and too many other problems to list here. It took him a while, but Englefield’s perseverance delivered Grizzly Flat residents clean, dependable water from a financially sound agency.
I encourage all to support Richard Englefield for EID Director, Division 2. He can work effectively with fellow board members and EID staff to maintain quality while keeping a lid on rates.