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Candidates line up for recall election

Diana Jorgenson
Staff Writer
2/8/2012

 

Portola City Clerk Leslie Tigan certified nominations Jan. 31 for candidates seeking to fill Dan Wilson’s seat, should he be recalled, on the City Council.

A special municipal recall election has been set for April 10. Citizens will have a chance to retain or recall Wilson, as well as choose a replacement if the recall is successful. The election will be handled by mail.

The three competing candidates have each submitted statements introducing themselves and explaining why they feel Wilson needs to be recalled and why each of them feels he is the best candidate.

 

John Gault

My name is John Gault, an Air Force veteran, a 43-year resident of Portola, and a graduate of Portola Junior-Senior High.

I have seen many negative changes recently which, I feel, could have easily been prevented. The hard economic times coupled with the misguidance and lack of forethought of past council members and administration has left our beloved city on life support.

The growing issues with the Lake Davis Treatment Plant, the recall of Mayor Dan Wilson, the untimely hikes in water rates as well as the deterioration of trust between the city and its residents were the determining factors in my running for City Council. It is my hope, if I am elected, to build a bridge of trust between the residents of Portola and the city. With your help we can revive our town. Please vote for me April 10.

 

Phil Oels

I’m Phil Oels, a 60-year-old Portola native and retired logger. I’m running for City Council because I’m deeply concerned about several issues — water rates being paramount among them, but followed closely by anger over the way the City Council implemented their increases.

I’m the guy with the big beard who spent all those days in front of Leonard’s with the petition opposing the increases, then the recall petition against Mayor Wilson. Since they refused to listen to the people, our only option is to start replacing them. We can’t afford not to!

I have no political experience, but know how to listen and would make myself available to the people in every way possible, and would bring compassion, honesty and integrity to the job. Agendas and egos would be left at home.

 

Mike Rush

I have lived in Portola for almost 50 years. The poisoning of our lake has gotten us into a “dire situation” concerning our community’s water supply. Mr. Wilson and the current council allowed a voting process that disenfranchised citizens of Portola.

A major issue right now is a proposed water and sewer increase, which will force rates to unaffordable levels for almost half of the citizens of Portola … I don’t want that to happen and will do everything in my power to stop these outrageous increases!

“Shortfalls” have occurred to enterprise funds within our city budget and I cannot understand how this could have taken place. The “shortfalls” should have been recognized and dealt with before they reached an amount large enough to be considered an “emergency situation.”

Our community has reached a “tipping point” for its survival and we cannot afford to have a council that continually ignores the requests of the citizens!

 


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