EID candidates

By From page A5 | November 01, 2013


I grew up in Apple Hill and have owned a business here for 15 years. Pear blight ruined agriculture in this county, and it took many years to fully recover. My father helped establish Apple Hill Growers Association to ensure a viable agricultural business community following the pear blight.

Now, we are threatened by another type of blight. A blight of ignorance. Greg Prada, candidate for the EID board, wants to increase water rates for agriculture. Uncompetitive water rates today could be just as devastating to agriculture as the pear blight was 60 years ago.

Prada moved to western El Dorado County from out of state about six years ago, and now purports to be an expert on all things EID, including agricultural water rates. He may have memorized a bunch of EID financial figures, but he hasn’t a clue about agriculture or about our county’s culture. We don’t need a recent emigrant to tell us how to run our business.

I support Richard Englefield for EID because he understands that a viable agriculture industry depends on abundant, competitively priced water. He’s also proven that he works well with others to get things done when he’s served on several local boards. Richard has been endorsed by the County Farm Bureau, El Dorado County Board of Realtors, and a number of other business groups, because he has a record of fighting for our county’s water rights while holding down water rates.

Vote Tuesday, Nov. 5, or turn in your ballot for Richard Englefield.


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