Martin is the candidate who is truly qualified |

Martin is the candidate who is truly qualified

As a lifelong Republican, I appreciate local government leaders who are fiscally conservative, attentive to smart growth, and protective of property rights and the natural environment.

Supervisor Elizabeth Martin has demonstrated all these virtues in her first term. Almost alone among California counties, Nevada County has a balanced budget, developed on time with a healthy reserve fund. In Nevada County, developers now pay their own way, play by the rules, and protect our neighborhoods. Four years ago, Izzy fought to prevent Southern California water developers from building new dams on the South Yuba River. The resulting Wild and Scenic designation protected private property and businesses, promoted local control of our natural resources, and preserved a valuable economic resource for Nevada County.

Izzy Martin recognizes that our coveted quality of life here in Nevada County starts with our county’s natural beauty. With wisdom, courage and integrity, Supervisor Elizabeth Martin has demonstrated that she is supremely qualified as district 4 supervisor.

But what are the challenger’s qualifications to lead our county’s government? I have seen nothing to indicate that the challenger is qualified and a few items that suggest the opposite. Being against what developers are against, and being for what developers are for, are not qualifications to be county supervisor. We do not want developers controlling future Nevada County growth.

In a county with our sad history of hydraulic mining and, more recently, of turning Lake Olympia into Brunswick Basin, we have seen firsthand what damage can be done to a beautiful environment for economic gain. For supervisor, we need someone to stand up to developers and insist that they pay their own way and play by the rules. The ridiculous personal attacks on Supervisor Martin suggest to me that the challenger and her backers have no legitimate campaign issues that they want to be openly discussed. Therefore, this Republican will continue to support Supervisor Elizabeth Martin for 4th district supervisor.

David H.


North San Juan

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