Judgment Day for the Good Ol' Boys - Opinion
For too long the Good Ol’ Boys have run our county for their mutual benefit and that of their Big Developer backers. For them Judgment Day can come June 3rd.
This June election provides us a good opportunity to substantially reduce the control of the Good Ol’ Boys over the local power structure. Five Good Ol’ Boys are on the ballot. If we citizens reject and replace them, a long-overdue breath of fresh air can flow through our county. Who are these Good Ol’ Boys/Girls on the ballot?
Tom McClintock inherited the Congressional District 4 mantle from disgraced John Doolittle, co-conspirator in the Abramoff corruption scandal. McClintock moved to Elk Grove from Southern California and fights for the water interests of southern San Joaquin Valley’s Westlands Water District. McClintock has done very little for us in District 4. We have a better alternative in candidate Art Moore, a businessman and Army National Guard Major who pledges to fight to protect our water rights and bring more jobs to District 4.
Joe Harn has used the power of the Auditor-Controller office to help perpetuate Good Ol’ Boy control. Supported by the Developers, Harn reportedly bully subordinates. We have an alternative in candidate Mike Owen, CPA, a local businessman and winemaker who plans to run the Auditor’s office efficiently and professionally.
Vern Pierson has used the tremendous power of the District Attorney’s office to prosecute a reported political enemy while ignoring the misdeeds of fellow Good Ol’ Boys. We can register our dissatisfaction by making a protest vote for his opponent, Judson Henry who is a bankruptcy attorney without prosecutor experience but is not a Good Ol’ Boy, Protest duly noted.
William Schultz has been Clerk-Recorder (and Elections Officer) for almost 20 years. The other candidate Chris Amaral is not part of the Good Ol’ Boys club. Chris pledges to bring fresh ideas to modernize the office and make it become more user-friendly.
Cherie (C.L.) Raffety, has been Treasurer-Tax Collector for almost 30 years. She is also the wife of the editor of the Mountain Democrat, the paper of record for the Good Ol’ Boys. The other candidate is termed-out Supervisor Ron Briggs. Some choice. One way we can register our dissatisfaction with either candidate is to deny both our vote. That way a good CPA may decide to run next time.
Will this election next month be a defining moment for our county in rejecting the rule of the Good Ol’ Boys/Girls? It’s up to us June 3rd.
Richard Boylan, Ph.D.