Letters to the Editor

Experience counts

The question I ponder relates to luck or experience? Caren Ray touts her experience in politics and her education, while dismissing Lynn Compton’s business experience in the private sector and upper-level education.

Given Ray’s statements, was it luck or experience that got her where she is today as a supervisor appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown? Ray is a history teacher — a commendable occupation, no doubt. But Ray has achieved every position she touts as part of her experience by chance or by appointment, not by being duly elected by her constituents.

Ray’s political career began when she ran for the Lucia Mar Unified School District Board of Trustees. She was defeated. Ray was appointed to the Arroyo Grande City Council to fill a vacancy. Upon the death of Supervisor Paul Teixeira, Ray was again appointed to fill that seat.

So, let’s get this straight. Ray touts her experience, while being gifted both of her seats by appointments, not by the election process. I don’t consider that experience. I consider it luck. If experience counts, as Ray touts, does that mean all experience? I encourage voters in the 4th District to vote Compton!