Two seats are up for election on the Placerville City Council and three candidates are vying for them. After meeting with all three candidates the choice seemed obvious to us. The leading candidate is Carol Patton. She is by far the most experienced candidate. Having owned a downtown business for 18 years, she is intimately familiar with the issues of Placerville and what makes the city work. As a downtown business owner she was heavily involved with the Downtown Association, even serving as its president.
Patton also served 11 years on the city Planning Commission. Before starting the Placerville Clothing Co. she had a landscaping business and was a member of Community Pride, which has planted trees and good-looking landscaping at strategic spots all over town and maintained them.
Another key attribute to her lengthy experience in town is the number of people she knows.
“I made a lot of connections over the years. It is critical in a small town. It allows you to have influence,” Patton said.
That is a very insightful statement. The more people a leader knows the more that person can accomplish by enlisting the aid and advice of a deep network of friends, associates and acquaintances.
We have absolute confidence in Carol Patton’s ability to be an effective member of the Placerville City Council and accomplish things for the city. She has our endorsement.
Our second endorsement goes to George Lowry. Though he doesn’t have Patton’s deep experience, he has regularly attended meetings of the City Council, city Planning Commission and city Recreation Commission.
A longtime technical guru with the state Office of Emergency Management is a seasoned project manager experienced with working with people, planning and coordinating, especially with local agencies where he is called on to help.
Putting some of that experience to use, he prepared for his run for the City Council by educating himself deeper than merely observing the meetings. He met and talked with the city manager, city council members, the police chief and others. He got involved in helping to clear brush for the Hangtown Haven homeless camp on private property along upper Broadway.
George Lowry is the second most experienced person seeking a City Council seat and has our endorsement.