Vote for McCon­nell

Times-Herald (Vallejo) - - OPINION -

As a long­time res­i­dent of Vallejo, net­work­ing with many cul­tural, so­cial and mu­si­cal events over the years in­clud­ing at the Em­press The­ater, Vi­noGod­fa­ther and 2nd Fri­day ArtWalk, I ask you all to strongly sup­port Robert McCon­nell for Dis­trict-1 Solano County Su­per­vi­sor in the March 3 pri­mary. In­tegrity, con­sis­tency and no-non­sense ap­proach are the first things that come to my mind when I think of McCon­nell and his vot­ing record, pol­icy state­ments and many sharp ques­tions dur­ing pub­lic hear­ings and city coun­cil meet­ings.

Robert is easy to talk to. He al­ways pa­tiently lis­tens to peo­ple, does his re­search (le­gal and oth­er­wise) and makes ra­tio­nal, log­i­cal and com­mon sense based com­ments that im­pact the pub­lic, es­pe­cially the poor, the work­ing class, and the vet­er­ans (McCon­nell is a dec­o­rated Viet­nam vet­eran).

When a mayor or a group of coun­cil mem­bers ap­pears to be swayed by ei­ther an in­flu­en­tial cam­paign funds donor and/ or other in­ter­ests, Robert does not hes­i­tate to be firm, fair, fis­cally jus­ti­fi­able — be it city bud­get, PB, Arts projects, Plan­ning or zon­ing, Mare Is­land de­vel­op­ment, Sonoma 2040 or Wa­ter Front De­vel­op­ment. Robert rightly re­cuses him­self if there is any con­flict of in­ter­est, un­like some other politi­cians that dodge con­flict or act like it does not mat­ter. That is Robert McCon­nell’s in­tegrity.

McCon­nell is mind­fully sup­port­ing of projects where the vet­er­ans, schools, arts and hous­ing/rentals are con­cerned about new challenges. He is well bal­anced in terms of ac­count­abil­ity and pub­lic ser­vice/trans­parency when sup­port­ing Vallejo po­lice and fire de­part­ments. His soli­tary and strong sup­port to sup­port the Mare Is­land Pre­serve speaks strongly of his heart and care for the en­vi­ron­ment.

He at­tends many pub­lic events like pa­rades and fes­ti­vals, water­front cel­e­bra­tions, lo­cal non­profit fundrais­ers, etc. Robert is a strong sup­porter of all the five Cham­bers of Com­merce in Solano County pro­mot­ing di­ver­sity and busi­ness net­work­ing fos­ter­ing strong lo­cal mu­tual col­lab­o­ra­tion.

He has the all-round ex­per­tise, skills and per­sonal touch to make that hap­pen in the 2020s for Vallejo’s much de­serv­ing sta­tus as a glob­ally famed city in Solano County (with Sis­ter Cities in Ja­pan, Korea, Philip­pines, Nor­way, Tan­za­nia, Italy and maybe Mex­ico soon).

Please sup­port Robert McCon­nell for Dis­trict-1 Solano County Su­per­vi­sor in March.

— Darrell Ed­wards/Vallejo

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