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Signs tell all in Michielssen-Arnold District 5 supervisory race

Eric Michielssen is the challenger for District 5 San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors seat.
Eric Michielssen is the challenger for District 5 San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors seat. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Ahhh, spring, the season for political signs. Sign language can tell us much if we observe carefully. In the District 5 supervisory race, there are two candidates. One will be elected your supervisor on June 7, and they’re both busy placing “signs.”

The incumbent’s signs are huge — as is her average campaign donation. Her challenger, Eric Michielssen’s signs are small — as is the average donation to his grass-roots, all-volunteer campaign being waged by ordinary working folks.

The incumbent’s signs are mainly seen on large, undeveloped acreage. Could this be a sign of future development? Close examination of the incumbent’s voting record and history of extreme partisan ideology indicate that’s probably a pretty safe bet.

On the other hand, Eric Michielssen’s signs are seen in front of modest homes and small family farms throughout the district — homes to voters from a diverse political spectrum.

The signs tell a clear story. Eric Michielssen will be an advocate for our community, someone who will work to protect and enhance our quality of life. Debbie Arnold will continue to be little more than a voice for a few big monied special interests. You get to decide!

Marla Lipshin, Santa Margarita

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