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(Op-Ed) Vote for Reason, Intelligence Nov. 6

Reader Jon Spangler writes about who he plans on voting for and why for the upcoming elections for Assembly, City Council, Board of Education, and the Healthcare District.

(Op-Ed) Vote for Reason, Intelligence Nov. 6

From Jon Spangler:

Alameda is facing significant choices for Assembly, City Council, Board of Education, and the Healthcare District.

Rob Bonta is best qualified to find legislative solutions for Alameda’s school funding deficit and California’s governmental quagmires.

Stewart Chen, DC, and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft are the most experienced City Council choices for Alameda’s transportation, land use, and environmental future. The Sierra Club liked their records.  

Ron Mooney, Niel Tam, and Mike Robles-Wong will bring reason and intelligent analysis to solving Alameda Unified School District's complex problems. Mooney and Tam steadfastly supported expanding AUSD's anti-bullying efforts in our schools. As a Franklin volunteer for three years, I saw firsthand the need for Lesson 9—which helps ALL students. Mike Robles-Wong always brings an intelligent, independent, and logical perspective to the table. Taking on the State of California shows this former police officer’s courage and determination. 

Trustee Spencer repeatedly opposed the anti-bullying curriculum and aligned herself with conservative political groups like S.E.R.V.E. and the Pacific Justice Institute, which promoted bigotry under the guise of "family values." I cannot fathom why.

Incumbents Jordan Battani and J. Michael McCormick have worked hard to take Alameda Hospital in the right directions amid a fast-changing health care environment. They deserve your vote.

Alameda needs more reasoned solutions — not inconsistency or partisanship — in this often emotional and overheated atmosphere. Please vote for Bonta, Chen, Ezzy Ashcraft, Mooney, Tam, Robles-Wong, Battani, and McCormick next Tuesday to bring reasoned and intelligent analysis to bear on Alameda’s many complex problems.

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