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You have your opinions; I have mine

An Aug. 9 opinion piece by Jason Fouyer in The Union mischaracterized statements I made in a prior opinion piece.

At the risk of getting into an endless, unproductive tit-for-tat exchange with one of four candidates for two seats at the council table, something needs to be said: Despite Mr. Fouyer’s suggestion to the contrary, I did not attack or insult members of the Contractor’s Association or Chamber of Commerce, nor anyone else, for that matter.

It is my belief that the city council should reflect the political diversity of the citizens it serves. That is why I entered this race and that is the message my campaign is taking to the voters.

Pointing out that there are philosophical and political differences between candidates remains one of the pillars of any political campaign.

Mr. Fouyer has his opinions, and I have mine. That’s why we hold city council elections every two years.

Mr. Fouyer refers to me as his opponent, but none of us have opponents. There are four candidates running for two seats. So who knows? Perhaps Jason and I will both be elected? And that would be fine with me.

I’m ready to work with Mr. Fouyer or any other candidate who succeeds on Nov. 4. But let’s make sure that the four of us avoid attacks on each other. Voters deserve better and I pledge to give them better.

Jim Firth

Grass Valley


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