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Letters: Oller shows up late for another debate

Tuesday night I was one of six candidates for the State Senate District 1 attending a candidate’s forum, arranged and presented by the Angels Camp Business Association at the Heritage Center in Greenhorn Creek. This was a wonderful event, well organized and very well attended in spite of the raging storm.

Because the district is so large, many of the candidates had to drive several hours to arrive by the 6:45 p.m. starting time. Local boy, Rico Oller, who lives just down the road, arrived 45 minutes late. After his disjointed speech, he answered just two questions and then left while other candidates were speaking.

But this is not the first time that Rico Oller has behaved like an ill-mannered boy. Of the 14 candidate events to date, Rico Oller has appeared at only five. Rico consistently arrives late and leaves early, usually while other candidates are still speaking.

Besides this obnoxious and abusive behavior toward his fellow candidates and voters, Rico Oller is obviously afraid to answer tough questions. Why doesn’t he come clean, and quit hiding? In an open debate with the other candidates, this boy would prove he is made of “smoke and mirrors.” He prefers to hide behind his special interest money and slick advertising. Rico Oller is a coward who is afraid to face the voters.

I urge every voter to listen to the candidates and check their credentials. I am not afraid to talk to the voters and Rico Oller needs to speak to them too.

Mary Andrews

Candidate, State Senate



Helen Baumann for El Dorado supervisor

To the editor:

Over the past 14 years I have worked with and around many members of our community to bring about some requisite changes in services on the South Shore, and feel that I have a good understanding of the politics of our district and what is needed to continue upgrading and expanding our service base. I recently have become aware of Helen K. Baumann, candidate for El Dorado County Supervisor, Second District. During several conversations I have come to learn her stand on the issues, including those related to the disabled and senior population of South Lake Tahoe.

I feel that Ms. Baumann would bring to the Second District much-needed awareness of and improvements to services for both the disabled and senior members of our community, in addition to many other fundamental beliefs that would benefit the South Shore. Her varied background, concern for the peculiarities of the needs at the South Shore, and ability to understand, discuss, and firmly stand behind her beliefs without excluding compromise would be an asset to the Board.

I therefore am formally supporting Ms. Baumann, and encouraging our community members to join me in voting for Ms. Baumann in the upcoming election.

David Kelly

South Lake Tahoe


Ken Bush best choice for county supervisor

To the editor:

It is good to see so many people interested in representing the interests of the voters in the District 2 supervisorial race. I have studied the literature as well as the candidate statements and am disappointed that only one, Ken Bush, has the experience to serve on the Board of Supervisors.

El Dorado County has been almost dysfunctional over the past few years because of unfettered growth, infighting among Board members, poor transportation planning and the lack of an adequate water supply. Yet our choices are a Realtor who makes money from development, a Planning Commissioner whose efforts resulted in a legal mess over our General Plan and a nurse who works in downtown Sacramento.

Ken Bush served on the Charter Commission, Local Agency Formation Commission, Pioneer Fire Protection Board, Ambulance Authority and Show Case Ranches CSD and is active in other community services. He is equipped to provide some common sense on the Board of Supervisors. I know him to be honest, intelligent, forward-looking, conscientious and an all-around good fellow.

Let’s all get behind Ken Bush and vote for him on March 7.

Robert D. Leech


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