El Dorado County has a plethora of candidates for various offices. Trouble is, we really don’t know a lot about so many of them. Of perhaps the most critical cross-section of these candidates are those running for sheriff, district supervisor, city and county offices and, of course, the judiciary. The recent trial of District Supervisor Ray Nutting was, at least, educational. In considering a candidate for public office, especially supervisor, judges, district attorney or sheriff, care must be taken to review their present or former employment. Or their public posture. Don’t be blindly swayed by their reported community involvement. Or their lengthy connection with the community. And pay close attention to who or what group endorses the candidate.
In El Dorado County, the district attorney, and those who would become or are presently judges, too often assume the “god” complex. They tend to step out of their elected roles to dictate to, or control, a larger swath of the county, believing they are the controllers of the destiny of El Dorado County and its citizens. Actually, a judge is elected to interpret the law. That’s all. It is not to advance a personal agenda, whatever it may be.
So, when evaluating these and other candidates, be careful of those who profess to be active citizens, members of countless boards and committees, and who have the backing of public agencies or groups. You may be fooled because that candidate has an undisclosed agenda beyond the office itself. Elected officers are often called upon to repay their political supporters, whomever they may be. Know your favorite candidate as well as you can. Good luck.