Pinky Zalkin: Heidi Hall the right choice for District 1 |

Pinky Zalkin: Heidi Hall the right choice for District 1

I am supporting Heidi Hall to represent me as the District 1 supervisor on the Nevada County Board of Supervisors.

My support for Heidi comes from, among many things, her long-standing strong work to improve and protect our environment, her support of working families, her planning for, not reacting to, the economic challenges we face now and in the future, and her ability to bring a much needed fresh and innovative voice to a board now tied up in politics rather than policy.

With 25 years of managerial and project experience for the State of California and the federal government, Heidi brings a wealth of experience to the job of supervisor. Nevada County would be very fortunate, indeed, to have someone with her knowledge and commitment on the Board of Supervisors. Her experience in the areas of solid waste and water management and pollution prevention, including but not limited to management of a unit of three teams to implement the Hazardous Waste Law in four states and 144 tribes, implementation of legislation to develop a Conservation Strategy for the State Flood Plan including outreach and communication and many, many more essential projects, Heidi brings her rich academic training to her professional life. Heidi has a master’s degree from Columbia University in international relations with a focus on economic and political development and a second master’s from Rutgers University in environmental issues focusing on water issues.

Heidi has strong values. She is active in a number of nonprofit organizations in our community. Here are just a few highlights: she was the president of the board at SYRCL, was a Court Appointed Special Advocate where she worked with and advocated for children whose families had been referred to the court, she started the fire safe program in her rural neighborhood, she is on the board of NEO where she works tirelessly with local teens and, well, the list goes on and on.

Loyalty, integrity, ability to lead, and trust are traits often discussed in political races. These are the characteristics Heidi will bring to her position as supervisor. Heidi is a lifelong Democrat with a constant, unbending voice for working with people and listening to them in a thoughtful manner so that the highest and best good for all concerned is achieved. Her opponent, Duane Strawser, recently changed his Democratic registration to no party preference, a move that has made him more appealing to Republicans. He has had big donations from a Tea Party affiliated PAC, Americans for Good Government, which also sponsored his campaign kick off party.

I like my elected officials to be honest and true to their word. That is why Heidi has my support. As we look towards and discuss the Presidential primary, please pay attention to our local government, too! I look forward to seeing Heidi becoming my supervisor so that once again, we can have a responsive and responsible board of supervisors. Please join me in electing Heidi to represent District 1 on the board of supervisors!

Pinky Zalkin lives in Nevada City.

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