This was an different perspective I thought I’d share from the Vacaville Reporter this morning in response to a previous Letter to the Editor. I may not agree with it 100%, but it does make a valid argument that I can appreciate.
The author says it best when he states you should vote for Jim Frazier for AD-11 essentially because he supports veterans, their families, and the union workers and those are the people helping Mr. Frazier and others with their signs. So yes, you have to look at the supporters of these candidates who are hanging signs as part of the overall picture.
The authors statement actually relates to a meeting held a few weeks back which I attended.
I had the opportunity to shadow Mr. Frazier to meet with a few Gold Star Moms in the area which turned out to be a very emotional day. It brought tears of joy, laughter, memories were shared, and a ceremony dedicating balloons for their children who have passed while fighting in the war–a gold balloon for the moms and a white balloon for Mr. Frazier where they would write their child’s name and a message to them and later release it into the sky.
When Mr. Frazier shared his story of his daughter Stephanie who did in a car accident 12 years ago, it brought the mothers and Mr. Frazier together as none of them knew his story. He shared how that tragic event got him started in politics and how he worked tirelessly to get the road fixed. That event made him want to do more for people for the right reasons, not for a career.
“It’s a club we are a part of that we do not want to be but we have to stick together and support one another” stated Frazier during the event.
Here are a few pictures.
Below is the Letter to the Editor in the Vacaville Reporter.
A new perspective on sign reading
A letter about how to pick a candidate based on who put up the campaign signs up for them (“Contrasting signs,” May 4) was a bit confusing as to whom the author wanted us to vote for. He seemed to suggest that some signs were put up by veterans and some by labor unions and we should pick based on that.
Well, if that is the case: I am a proud union member who has been putting up signs for candidates who will speak out for working families: John Garamendi for Congress, Jim Frazier for Assembly, Skip Thomson, Linda Seifert and Erin Hannigan for Solano County Board of Supervisors.
By the way, I am also a 10-year veteran of the U.S. Army and an active member of the veterans community in Solano County.
Along with other veteran/union members (about 2 million in California), I have always and will continue to support people who will speak out for us and our families.
So, if you are trying to figure out who will support our veterans and working families, take it from a veteran and proud member of Operating Engineers Local No 3: Garamendi, Frazier, Thomson, Seifert and Hannigan in June.
While you are at it, why not give our children the same opportunity that we had and continue to fund our libraries by voting yes on Measure L!
Labor and millions of veterans who make up our membership hope you will show up to vote. The folks working against us are hoping you will stay home.