I’d been waiting for what seemed like an eternity to leave this event. My father told me half an hour ago that we could leave. But of course, he runs into what seems like an endless amount of people wanting to talk to him about the new policy at their kid’s high school, the local political candidates or perhaps even the latest 49er game. Regardless of what it was, he kept running into people that wanted his opinion on something.
This recollection is not from any one event. It is instead from what seems like every community event I have ever been to in El Dorado County. For those of you who do not know my father, Kevin Brown, let me tell you a little bit about the man this county has come to love. He is currently running to be your next District 5 Supervisor (District 5 basically consists of Pollock Pines, the Tahoe Basin and everything in between). He has been involved in a myriad of groups and organizations all across the county, including the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, Child Abuse Prevention Council, Sugarloaf Foundation Board, Boy Scout Troop 170, and the Mother Load Rehabilitation Enterprises, Inc. (MORE). He owns Breaker Glass Company with my mother, and he volunteers for National Night Out and The Center for Violence Free Relationships. He is also the president of the school board for the El Dorado Union High School District. He is a man addicted to putting service above self, and loves to change the lives of as many people as possible.
Now, many of the District 5 candidates have impressive credentials, but my dad’s actions clearly distinguish himself from the rest. As a member of the high school district board, he passed a policy to let students attend the same high school as their friends, even if they were supposed to attend a different school because of where they live. He mentors people at The Center for Violence Free Relationships to become loving and non-violent friends, spouses and parents. He has talked to troubled youth all across the county who deal with drugs, alcohol and/or a troubled home life. Everything he does, everything he volunteers for, he does not for fame or fortune, but for the betterment of our county. Nothing he volunteers for, nothing he serves on, does he do for political gain. He does it instead out of the goodness of his heart. He is a philanthropist, not a politician.
I realized at all those events, where my dad seemed to run into an endless amount of people, that he truly loves El Dorado County, and he truly loves volunteering to make this a better place to live for everyone. Running into all those people proves that El Dorado County values him as a veritable leader who will serve not just Tahoe or just Pollock Pines, but the entire District 5.
Now I ask of you for your vote. Don’t believe that your vote doesn’t matter. In an election with a projected statewide turnout of around 20 percent, even 100 votes could turn the tide of a local election. You, the voter, have the power to put him in office. You have the power to elect a true community leader. You have to power to better El Dorado County. Please vote for Kevin Brown on June 3.