Honesty and independence matter, vote for Dan Carpenter

October 20, 2016

OPINION by SAM BLAKESLEE

After long and careful thought, I’ve decided to endorse Dan Carpenter in the District 3 supervisor race, the district in which I reside.

It wasn’t an easy decision because this race has become highly contentious. Many of the campaign mailers have contained charges and accusations that have stretched the truth to the breaking point.

Therefore, I feel honor bound to weigh-in with my observations regarding the person I believe is best qualified to serve as our next District 3 supervisor.

For me, the top criteria in endorsing in this race is a review of a candidate’s temperament, life experience, public service, integrity, and importantly – independence.

For some years now, I have been powerfully impressed by Dan Carpenter’s thoughtful approach toward public service. Dan has had the courage of his conviction and is willing to make a tough vote if it’s right for the community.

Dan is not someone who can be intimidated or manipulated by political parties, by powerful donors, or by overbearing staff. He brings an old-school sense of honor and integrity to public service.

Many is the time I’ve seen him engaged in deep conversation with a member of the community he may have chanced to encounter during the course of his day. He takes the time to listen.

In my own interactions I’ve found him to be an intensely thoughtful person who takes the time to learn the issues and then make his own decisions, independently.

As the author of the successful 2000 DREAM Initiative, which directed the county to protect the Diablo Coastline after the plant’s closure, I’ve been deeply impressed by Dan’s early and outspoken commitment to respect the will of the voters and to preserve Wild Cherry Canyon, which is so important to the future wellbeing of the Avila Valley.

I haven’t agreed with every vote Dan has cast, but I’ve always been impressed by the process he has used to inform his vote, which is what really matters. He is balanced, honest, thoughtful, and independent – all qualities which are in short supply and qualities that would serve our community well were he to earn your vote as our next District 3 supervisor.

Sam Blakeslee is a former State Senator and Assemblyman.


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beacon of light

Dan is desperately needed to serve as Supervisor of the Third District! He is a supporter of

No on Measure J because he knows constituents who live on a fixed incomes cannot afford any new taxes. He understands that working families cannot afford any new taxes. And he is a supporter of Prop 13. Dan the man! Vote Dan!


jimmy_me

Good to know there is at least one honest politician out there who is going to change things around and get all the good stuff done. His name is Dan. Sam told me so.


Local1

Adam is over the Hill time for Dan Carpenter Build us back up!


Josey Wales

Ladies & Gentlemen,


Vote Dan Carpenter on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8th.


As former state senator, Sam Blakeslee points out, Dan Carpenter is uniquely qualified to lead the people of the 3rd District. His leadership is necessary, and I think people across the idealogical spectrum are quickly tiring of the antics of Adam Hill. Integrity counts!


The people of South County deserve leaders who will serve with integrity and accountability. We do not need people like John Shoals, Caren Ray, Kristian Barneich, Adam Hill, Bruce Gibson, etc. While some pursue power to help shape a better future for all people, the above pursue power for egotistical, selfish or self-aggrandizement reasons.


Lets give people like Caren Ray and Adam Hill a Missouri Boatride!


Vote Dan Carpenter on November 8th!


Just saying,


Josey Wales


Black_Copter_Pilot

How he did this without lifting his leg on Hill is a work of art. I don’t like art.


TKG

Well done Sam. Knew you would come through. We miss you in the Legislature!


Ricky2

Carpenter showed this week at slo citycouncil his true colors. He voted on a project whose developer will be handing him cool cash if another of the developer’s projects gets the go ahead. If he’s so honest, why didn’t he recuse himself to avoid the obvious conflict of interest? Oh, yeah, in this vote he also screwed a bunch of his constituents. Carpenter’s no angel, just isn’t Adam. That’s about the best one can say for him.


demiseofslo

Dan the Man!! The only choice to get us up and over the hill


truth set me free

Great endorsement Sam! As a 3rd District voter, I thank you! Go Dan!