Benicia Independent EndorsementsBy Roger Straw, November 4, 2016
As I prepare to head to the polls on Tuesday, my decisions have finally been made. Not all were difficult to make: it’s of historic importance that we NOT elect Donald Trump. I will be voting for our first woman president, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
My vote for Kamala Harris for Senate is a no-brainer: as California Attorney General, Harris was our highest-ranking ally in the David and Goliath battle against oil trains here in Benicia! (With many thanks to Deputy AG Scott Lichtig.)
Mariko Yamada will need every one of our votes if she is to beat the money-machine of her opponent, Bill Dodd. Dodd only recently became a Democrat, has accepted huge donations, and benefited from independent expenditures by big corporate interests, including the oil and gas industries. I’ve known Mariko for years – she is to be trusted. I once told her I’d vote for her for President of the U.S.!
At the Solano County Supervisor level, it gets a bit hairy for me. I respect, know and like both Mike Ioakimedes and Monica Brown. I share progressive Democratic values with both of them. Earlier, I endorsed Mike when he weighed in against Valero’s crude by rail proposal. As an influential longtime Benicia leader, his added voice was highly significant at that time when we were facing into a final City Council vote on crude by rail. Monica strongly opposed Valero’s proposal, too, but when I’m forced to mark my ballot, I’ve decided I’ll vote for Mike Ioakimedes. Sorry, Monica.
My focus has been almost exclusively on local Benicia races. I am actively supporting Mayor Elizabeth Patterson’s re-election, and Planning Commissioner Steve Young for City Council. I like several of the other candidates for City Council, but I’m focusing entirely on electing Steve. Here are my previous posts on Elizabeth and Steve:
- ENDORSEMENT: Steve Young for Benicia City Council May 20, 2016
- ENDORSEMENT: Elizabeth Patterson for Mayor of Benicia May 26, 2016
- Leaders for the future of Benicia October 19, 2016
- Benicia Independent enters a new phase… crucial Benicia elections October 21, 2016
- Mark Hughes’ voting record October 27, 2016
Unlike THE DONALD and many of his right-wing cohorts, you and I will accept the outcome of a fair and impartial election and join forces with our newly elected leaders, working for a better future. See you on the other side of election day!