The Vacaville Reporter had some very nice things to say about Oakley Councilman Jim Frazier which speaks volumes of where he has come from, where he has been, and where he is going should he make it past the June 5 primary.
They called Frazier a “worthy choice” and someone who is a “well-respected problem-solver who is more interested in the betterment of his community than in political machinations.”
While I like Len Augustine as a person, super nice guy, he lost my support by going independent. He is a republican who is pandering to both sides. I tried to get over it, but couldn’t. Pick a side and fight hard is what I believe in, don’t try and play it down the middle.
Anyway, here is the article.
Editorial: Augustine, Frazier for Assembly
Published by The Reporter
Posted: 05/13/2012 01:04:22 AM PDT
When the boundary lines for the California Assembly were redrawn last summer, four of Solano County’s seven cities (and the rural areas between them) ended up grouped together in a brand-new district that also includes four Delta communities in Contra Costa County. Amazingly, the new district had no incumbent.
This is also the first primary being conducted under the new top-two rules, which allow voters to decide, irrespective of party affiliation, who should face off in November.
Those changes have prompted six candidates to seek the June nomination. The Reporter Editorial Board believes the two best-suited are Vacaville’s Len Augustine and Oakley’s Jim Frazier.
The two men share many qualities that the board finds appealing. Each has served in elected office at the local level, which gives them experience in dealing with the unique aspects of public service.
Each is also a well-respected problem-solver who is more interested in the betterment of his community than in political machinations. That’s a trait sorely lacking in California’s Legislature.
Solano County residents should be well-aquainted with Mr. Augustine. He moved here after retiring from the U.S. Air Force, where he commanded the 89th Military Airlift Wing at Andrews Air Force Base. In 1992, he was appointed to the Planning Commission and, four years later, was elected to the City Council. Midway through his second term, he was elected mayor and became the face of Vacaville until he stepped down in 2010.
Because of his service on myriad public boards, and through his work as an advocate for a variety of issues, Mr. Augustine has a solid background in issues that are sure to arise in the Assembly: transportation, water, the Delta, economic development, education, veterans affairs, senior citizens — even the arts. As president of the North Bay Division of the League of California Cities, he has demonstrated an ability to work with leaders of many communities.
City government is a nonpartisan operation, and Mr. Augustine wants to continue that.
“When I look at what’s happening to our once Golden State, I have to think applying some local government rules couldn’t hurt us,” he states on his website. He is the only candidate in this race who is not affiliated with a political party.
The 11th Assembly District, however, is a heavily Democratic (48 percent, compared with 28.2 percent Republican), which is why the Editorial Board also recommends Mr. Frazier as a worthy choice.
A longtime small-business owner, Mr. Frazier got into politics after seeing how a state senator was able to help him and his family in their quest to make a stretch of Highway 50 in the Lake Tahoe region safer. An accident there in 2000 claimed the life of the Fraziers’ oldest daughter and severely injured her sister.
After successfully lobbying for a guard rail to be installed on the road, Mr. Frazier began attending Oakley government meetings. He was appointed to its planning commission in 2007 and has since been elected to the City Council. He has also served as Oakley’s mayor, a council-elected position.
He has represented Oakley on several transportation boards and was a strong advocate for bringing a health-care clinic to the city. He and his wife are founders of the Network of Care, a nonprofit that delivers snacks and meals to families whose children are in hospitals regionwide. He was Oakley’s Citizen of the Year in 2009, which would indicate that he is well thought of by his community.
Voters in the June 5 primary are able to vote for only one candidate, but the top two winners will face each other in the fall.
To ensure that November’s ballot contains the best options, voters should cast this ballot for either Len Augustine or Jim Frazier.