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Op Ed: Lodi Isn’t DC

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The Background

On January 26th, I sent an e-mail to everyone running for election in the municipalities of the Lodi Valley.

On January 27th, I sent the same e-mail to every candidate running for the school board.

On Feb 15th–at the request of a candidate–I expanded the e-mail to include county-level candidates who represent the Lodi Valley.

That e-mail offered “A free podium on the Chronicle”.  Every candidate has been extended the same courtesy:   A profile page where the candidate can answer questions asked of everyone1The City of Lodi mayoral candidates submitted their own Q/A profiles. The questions were almost identical to those asked by the Chronicle, so they were accepted..

Several have submitted profiles. As of this publication, one has written a column.

If you want to see who is doing what, click on “Election 2020” in the main menu and select the race you’re interested in.

The “Lodi Moment”

This afternoon I received an e-mail that surprised me–in a very good way.

A candidate in one of the races contacted me and said “My opponent said they didn’t receive your invitation to promote themself on the Chronicle.  That’s not like them.  Please resend the invitation to this e-mail address.”

Take a moment to think about that.

Where our state and national representatives are taking every chance they can to cut down their opponents, Lodians are making sure there’s a level playing field and everyone who wants to run gets a fair shake.

At the Town of Lodi candidate forum presented by the Optimists, every candidate said the same thing:  “I’m not running against the other person.  I’m running with them.”

Vote for Lodi

When considering how to cast your vote, ask one question before all others:  Will this person put the needs of Lodi above their own personal needs and desires?

We are not giving power to leaders who will tell us how it will be.  We are electing representatives who will serve us.

Never forget this:

Of the people. By the people. For the people.”

Footnotes

Footnotes
1 The City of Lodi mayoral candidates submitted their own Q/A profiles. The questions were almost identical to those asked by the Chronicle, so they were accepted.

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