Letter: Being prepared for campaign shouldn't be held against Hart
May 15, 2014 | 2219 views | 12 12 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Editor,

 

In getting prepared for the up and coming election season, I’ve been doing research for our local positions and propositions. Elections are a very hard and this election cycle is no different.

With misinformation, anger and jealousy, it’s a constant battle to be prepared to vote responsibly.

Recently, I was reading a blog from one of the candidates running for Santa Cruz County Sheriff.

This man was complaining and blustering, how one of his opponents had already set his campaign in motion, with a website, fundraising, and had an endorsement from our current county sheriff.

Since when is being prepared for advancement in your career, or any life experience, a bad thing?

My husband and our boys were Boy Scouts, isn’t that their motto: “Be Prepared”?

Do we want a sheriff that’s not prepared and is pointing fingers? Or do we want someone who knows how to get things done, for our next county sheriff? Chief Wowak would have never endorsed Jim Hart if he hadn’t believed that his Chief Deputy wasn’t up for the job.

I personally respect people who look forward and are prepared for what comes at them.

 

Coco Raner-Walter, Ben Lomond

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Insider 101
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May 26, 2014
Announce your not running on Thursday and endorse your friend. (Oh and did I mention 99% of the Sheriff's office employees find out about it on the news, or from the phone lines burning up, not from you. And you want to be a leader, that's not leadership qualities, that's a dictatorship) Friend applies on the next day, the dead line, and your website, list of endorsements and Facebook page is up. Well prepared, yes, good move. Illegal, no, unethical - oh yes! Oopps, the county extends the dead line 5 days and 2 candidates come forward. Now you might actually have to work to win the election. Thank you Pursley and Wildey, both ethical men. Actions speak louder than words. Do you really want a Sheriff who will be unethical? What else will he do.
Cadillac Rich
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May 26, 2014
HART is a HACK

WILDEY for SHERIFF
Mike H (not related)
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May 31, 2014
I like Wildey, but his fans are a hateful bunch that make me want to vote for Pursley or Hart.
Daria Sahifa
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May 15, 2014
I understand the criticism to be that current Sheriff Phil Wowak announced his decision to not run and his endorsement of Jim Hart, that there was little opportunity to potential other candidates to run.

People want a democratic process, this seemed to circumvent that. Kinda like when the SLV Water District conveniently resigns its board members so that new ones can be appointed rather than have a proper election.

Hart may be the best candidate, but it's unfortunate that his candidacy is shadowed by that procedural issue.
pick me!!!
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May 22, 2014
Wildey should get the job. Hart will keep the status quo, doing the same old "ignore the SLV" attitude that Wowak instills. Do any of you actually know how many deputies are in the SLV at a given time during the day? TWO. pathetic. once the Watsonville gangs figure that out we will be screwed....
Democratic Process
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May 25, 2014
The bigger issue for some is that Hart is now lying about how he was prepared.
Mike H (not related)
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May 31, 2014
As I was saying . . . I like Wildey, but his fans are a hateful bunch that make me want to vote for Pursley or Hart. There are less deputies here because there is less crime. They must be doing a good job, since the Watsonville gangs are still in Watsonville.
nonamesleft
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June 01, 2014
Yeah, some of us are hesitant to vote for Wildey because of only a few of his mean spirited supporters, especially that Reboot Felton group that does all that unlawful vigilante stuff to the homeless. It's hard to vote for a sheriff who seems to be involved with multiple people who do illegal things, even though he probably isn't. The Hart campaign had only one quack, but a few Wildey supporters want to blow it all out of proportion. All three candidates are good choices. Don't let haters blow it.

I am Mike too, but that name is already in use.
Ben Lomond Bob
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May 15, 2014
Agree! I don't understand the criticism that Hart is "hand picked" seems like he's been "well groomed" and ready to step up the ladder.
Lisa Johnstone
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May 19, 2014
Yep. He's been well groomed and looks like a good candidate. It's just that the process for getting him elected has been shady and has cast an unfortunate pall over the election. That has given Wildey momentum. Will be an interesting race.
Cadillac Rich
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May 26, 2014
Well groomed with a huge advantage of knowing beforehand that Wowak was retiring...announced ONE DAY before the deadline to submit candidacy while the other candidates were blindsided.

Easy choice: Politician or Lawman
Insider 101
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May 26, 2014
Hand picked, well groomed. Yes promoted by friends and riding their skirt tails. But what has he done for the agency? Can't find it on his website. Just endorsements from political figures so they can move their agenda forward. Everything seems self promoted for his benefit. Pursley and Wildey, however have lists of accomplishments to show in their 20 years of service. Inform yourselves, and vote for a candidate that will promote the agency and the community it serves.


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