Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Experience matters

EDITOR:

In my six-plus years as your Placerville City Councilman and serving on numerous committees and boards at local and state levels, I know that experience is all important when considering any candidate for any political office. Important decisions that affect your family, your business or your job as well as the services and programs available in your local community are made by your local officials. Background in reading, researching, asking the right questions in order to get the right answers on issues that facilitate effective decisions in other arenas of a candidate’s life, allows him to bring that value to the table of political service from day one. Adversely, lack of experience can seriously slow that decision-making process and clog the wheels of progress that will, again, affect you.

With that in mind, it is my firm belief that Brian Veerkamp is the best choice to represent the citizens of this county. Brian has worked with and managed large budgets and personnel with his work at the El Dorado Hills Fire District, the El Dorado County JPA (our Ambulance District) and as a member of the Board of the Camino School District. He was part of the committee that consolidated several fire districts that became the El Dorado County Fire District which has meant more economical, more efficient fire protection for all of us.

His commitment to community service is outstanding as shown by his many years of involvement in service clubs such as Kiwanis and Rotary, as well as his service on the Board of Directors of the Marshall Hospital Foundation.

I encourage you to take the time to visit Brian’s Website at Votebveerkamp2012.com to see where he stands and then vote for experience — vote Brian Veerkamp, Supervisor, District 3.

CARL HAGEN
Placerville

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  • cookie65October 10, 2012 - 4:35 am

    I would take exception to the proposition that 'experience' is a reason to elect someone. Many of the leftists who have run our state and country into the ground are very experienced politians. Being familiar with methods to make government even bigger and more intrusive is not always a good thing.

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  • Jim RiordanOctober 10, 2012 - 11:24 am

    Mr. Hagen. I could not agree more that "experience matters." However, Your statement that, "lack of experience can seriously SLOW that decision-making process and clog the wheels of progress" must be balanced with the statement that "a fast decision by someone with mostly government experience can very well effect us" but perhaps not in as beneficial a manner for taxpayers as a slower, well thought out decision by a non-government person who is used to making good BUSINESS decisions. Just food for thought. Please keep in mind my priorities are law enforcement and Fire, always,(and bless Mr. Veerkamp for that) however as a small business person, having watched decision making processes by both experienced government folks and experienced business folks, I would rather trust my tax dollars in the hands of an "experienced businessman" any day before an "experienced Bureaucrat" from ANY government agency.

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  • EldoradoOctober 10, 2012 - 3:30 pm

    Again, bureaucrats solve financial problems by raising taxes; business people solve financial problems by cutting costs. The choice is obvious.

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