Hamburg for 5th District Supe

by Letters to the Editor, May 24, 2010

Dear Editor,

Dan Hamburg is my choice for 5th District Supervisor.

He was a teacher in our district in the 70s.

He was in the thick of county governance in the 80s, serving on the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors, finding common ground between the old guard and new waves of back-to-the-landers.

He was elected to the US House of Representatives in the 90s by our huge 1st Congressional District made up of seven counties. In Washington he worked for single-payer national health care, sustainable forestry practices, reducing the military budget and restoring fisheries. He lost his re-election bid in a bloody fight over Headwaters forest, from which he refused to back down.

Also in the 90s Dan was employed as an advisor to the new government of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and then became executive director of the non-profit Voice of the Environment.

He will be a strong, compassionate and results-oriented advocate for our district and a good colleague to the others on the Board of Supervisors as they find creative ways to wrestle a better way of life for Mendocino County out of our current nation-wide economic crisis.

The challenges we face are larger than our county and Dan knows how to make our voice heard at the local, regional and state level. At the same time, he’ll stay plugged in to what’s going on in each of our unique communities. When Dan first gathered his Steering Committee together a year and a half ago, we said “This is going to be the fun campaign!” and it certainly has been. The work ahead of us is serious and won’t be easy, but we will approach it with the Mendocino spirit of independence and appreciation of the good things in life!

Lauren Sinnott, Point Arena

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