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Tuesday night was a good night.
Two good-government candidates for the EID Board, Dr. Dale Coco and Greg Prada, prevailed over two opponents favored by the good ole boy and big-developer interests.
The EID board is the second most-powerful governing body in our county, second only to the Board of Supervisors.
And now the five-member EID Board of Directors will be taken over Dec. 9 by a new good-government majority of three, (last night’s winners plus existing board member Alan Day).
In my phone conversations with both winners last night, the same perception emerged: that there is a new spirit emerging in El Dorado County, a spirit of coalition-building among moderate progressives who value good government as more important than mere labels — and who favor clean government and reject the politics of hate.
We need to keep this spirit alive and growing as we look forward to the prospect of 2014 elections.
These include: two supervisors, Districts 4 (to replace Ron Briggs) and 5 (to replace Norma Santiago); five Superior Court judge positions; an Assemblymember (District 5 and 6); county superintendent of schools; sheriff; district attorney; auditor-controller; county treasurer-tax collector; recorder-clerk — elections officer; and surveyor (an office crying for elimination/consolidation).
Some of the incumbents in the above positions are part of the good ole boy coalition that has run this county (badly) for many decades. It’s time for house-cleaning.
In a little over six months (June 3), we can continue the drive to replace good ole boys with good-government progressives.
I urge you to pitch in and become part of the new coalition wave that is continuing to build.
RICHARD BOYLAN, Ph.D.