In response to Mr. Chengian’s letter I would like to state that I do not live in District 3. However, I could not sit by and let such an attack on a man’s character go unreplied to. I have personally known Brian Veerkamp for over 20 years. He has been supportive of this community for all his life. When I coached youth soccer we played his team numerous times and he was all about making sure the kids had fun and learned teamwork safely.
You state that you moved here from elsewhere. I came here from the Midwest in the mid 1970s. I, like you should, adapted to the life style of El Dorado County and didn’t try to change it. If you don’t like growth and change happening, as it must have been where you came from, maybe you should go somewhere else.
As for the “construction equipment with a familiar name” yes that is his brother’s company. Doug Veerkamp started his business in 1983 and has put many local people to work making a real wage with benefits. He, like Brian, works endlessly for his community. Yes, I am an employee of that company and have been for the last 12 years. I have seen it grow from a small company to one that at one point employed over 300 of our local residents. I have raised my family in this county and have seen it change in many ways. Some I have liked, but others I have not agreed with.
This is what Brian’s campaign is all about. “Together we can.” So, maybe you should think about this and try to work with others rather than resorting to name calling and writing letters about a man who you obviously don’t know. Also, please get your facts straight. Doug Veerkamp is not a “developer” as you state, he owns a construction company who probably created the ability for you to turn on your lights, water your fancy yard, and flush your toilet all while you try to stop anyone else being able to do the same.
Brian, his brother, and many others have worked hard to make El Dorado County a great place to live. They have given of themselves and made it possible for others to do the same. So please, inform yourself before you spout off in the future and if you can’t, please go somewhere else to do it.