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District 5 residents: Listen to people in Santa Margarita

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What do residents of Santa Margarita know about the District 5 Supervisorial race that you may not?

They’ve witnessed firsthand how the incumbent’s extreme partisan ideology and loyalty to a few moneyed interests prevent her from objectively representing all her constituents. 

When Margaritans packed the Board of Supervisors chambers last May, they figured the applicant for a large-scale industrial rock quarry would aggressively pitch its well-funded campaign of misinformation.

But they hadn’t expected their supervisor to simply parrot that misinformation, or a pre-prepared PowerPoint presentation to help deliver her “decision.” 

Arnold’s awkward attempt to justify her vote in favor of a project that extensive environmental review had determined would irreversibly compromise the health, safety, and character of the small town left a lasting impression. Most importantly, it provided a preview for what others countywide can expect from Arnold when important land-use decisions affecting their communities come before the board. 

A good supervisor objectively bases decisions on facts and the needs of our communities. Eric Michielssen offers a refreshing alternative and will do just that. 

-- Susan Mathiesen - Santa Margarita

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