I couldn’t agree more with Tom Fulks’ statement that San Luis Obispo County’s next Congress member “needs a burning passion to promote and defend the entire district’s core values on the national stage” (“Candidates vying for Capps’ seat need to recognize SLO County,” April 26). However, Mr. Fulks mischaracterizes my knowledge and relationship to the county.
I’ve enjoyed San Luis Obispo County’s people and environment — a result of years of work fighting for slow growth and prioritizing preservation.
For 11 years, I worked in human resources for Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo — including the period of time when the SLO clinic suffered an arson attack. I admired then the staff and volunteers who ensured that access to women’s health services was never halted.
Through the League of California Cities, I’ve worked with mayors and council members throughout SLO County on such items as water supply, coastal protection policies, public safety and transportation. As vice chair of the Coastal Rail Coordinating Council, I’ve worked with elected leaders and San Luis Obispo Council of Governments staff to great success and we hope to soon be able to return Amtrak’s Daylight service from L.A. to the Bay Area.
My connection to SLO County is strong, and now as a congressional candidate I look forward to knowing and learning more. Let’s continue the conversation. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.