Positions

How to Vote in this Election

Though this is a primary, this election will determine your next Shasta County District 4 Supervisor. For county races, if someone gets over 50% of the vote in the primary,…

How We Actually Gain More Local Control

Many Shasta County residents want more freedom from the state and more local control. I am among them. This is why I volunteered to be the Shasta County Chair for…

How Should We Judge Candidates?

We are getting very close to voting. Ballots should be in mailboxes starting February 5th. Remember that there will be no general election in November for this race. It will…

Who Should Get Raises in Shasta County?

Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to give the County CEO, David Rickert, a 5% pay increase 6 months before his performance was scheduled to be reviewed and…

How We Defeat the Fountain Wind Project

Roughly 10 years ago, a Texas-based company requested approval to build a large wind farm near Burney 1 mile west of the existing Hatchet Ridge wind farm. The project, named…

How We Fix Our Roads

Several months ago, I shared that our roads are in worse condition than all but 6 other counties in California (out of 58 counties). As I’ve knocked on thousands of…

Creating a Culture of Respect and Collaboration

Since I began this campaign in April, I’ve talked about 3 priorities: Making progress on the challenges we can all agree exist (like crime and homelessness) Making the county government effective and accountable Creating…

Statement on Millville Gun Range

On Tuesday, October 24, the Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 to approve the re-zoning of a plot of land in Millville so that Board Chair Patrick Jones could…

Why I Haven’t Asked for Endorsements

Conventional wisdom would tell you that candidates need 3 things to win an election: money, votes, and endorsements. So why haven’t I been asking for endorsements since I got into…

Where Did 11,400 Workers Go?

From 1990 to 2009, our workforce (the number of people either employed or seeking employment) grew by 25%, peaking at 84,500 people. But something happened in the aftermath of the…

How Shasta County’s Roads Score

Our county can make real progress on the challenges we face and capitalize on the opportunities before us if we focus on what matters and make data-driven decisions. When it…

A Conversation About Summitting Mt. Shasta

On Sunday, July 2nd I summitted Mt. Shasta for the 2nd time with good friend, Tommy Deuschle. As anyone who has climbed a 14,000-foot mountain knows, this is a serious…

It’s Our Time to Lead (Launch Speech)

A history of leadership When people first made the trek west to Shasta County in 1850s, they did so because they were willing to sacrifice the ease and comfort of…