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A recent news release announcing Wendy Thomas’ re-election bid, “City Council: Wendy Thomas seeks reelection,” on June 18, initiated a flurry of personal attacks upon Wendy Thomas, all under pseudonyms to protect their anonymity.
They called on each other to run for office — cowards backing cowards who all slunk away saying, “No, not me, someone else.” They easily slung rocks at Wendy, berating her for yelling at the public in council meetings, blaming her for the actions of Councilwoman Carol Patton, whose lack of good judgment in her personal life led to a DUI arrest earlier this month, and basically accusing Wendy of being Placerville’s resident Janus.
I have met and spent time with Wendy Thomas. She is a charming woman who is genuinely concerned for her hometown and the citizens within. She does not take serious issues lightly, and though people may disagree with some of the decisions she makes, that does not mean she’s neglecting her duties — it means that someone disagrees with the way in which Wendy has come to a solution to an identified problem. Two of the anonymous posters, “Dee#1″ and “RN,” offered no real solutions but just asked for a replacement.
Fran Duchamp said she had “met” Wendy at one council meeting in which apparently all the council members were shouting down the gallery. At no time did Fran state she had shaken Wendy’s hand and offered solutions to her or had asked Wendy why the atmosphere in the chambers were so pitched. (Fran, she will respond to your e-mails, if you’re so inclined. Just a hint.) They even went to the unabashedly underhanded route of blaming Wendy’s wealth as evidence of corruption, and that they would run themselves if the cost wasn’t so prohibitive to “normal” people (another hint: fundraising or crowdfunding, maybe?).
I sincerely hope that the trite and cowardly words of these individuals are a drop in the ocean of the good, hardworking and honest people of Placerville. Gerald Lillpop even chimed in, stating he had no dog in the fight since he lives outside of Placerville city limits; well, I do too. However, politics in our county seat tend to spread beyond its borders and influence decisions in the unincorporated townships’ CSDs and governing boards and will ultimately affect me and my family.
I can only hope to have somebody serve in my area with Wendy’s affability, solutions-focused problem solving abilities, and genuine care of community.