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Elections are difficult for engaged citizens. Truthiness dominates almost all political narrative, especially in the final week, when unsubstantiated “gotchas” pop from opposition research mills.
One of the difficult dichotomies is the argument between long experience v. new blood.
The 5th District Supervisor’s race between incumbent Federal Glover and challenger AnaMarie Avila Farias is an exceptional example.
District 5 is geographically huge and economically complex, covering the entire waterfront area of the county and multiple communities and cities. Mrs Faria’s primary claim to experience is a stint as a low income housing advocate, presence on the small town Martinez City Council, and three generations of ancestors in Martinez.
Federal Glover has grappled with major county-wide issues, as well as one of the most heavily industrial districts in the Bay Area for 16 years.
The CCC Northern Waterfront Development Initiative, one of the most ambitious projects in decades, will bring thousands of high paying jobs to CCC. It will require a leader with deep experience to balance industrial growth along the waterfront with concerns for the natural environment.
– Dean L. McLeod