Candidates discuss future of North San Joaquin Water Conservation District at forum
Mark Beck, left, addresses the audience at Oak Ridge Winery on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, during the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District's candidate forum. At the table, from left, are Beck, Joe Petersen, Robb Hoag, James Souther and Joseph Mehrten.
- How the North San Joaquin Water Conservation District race works
The North San Joaquin Water Conservation District is overseen by
a five-member board that with jurisdiction over 150,000 acres of
agricultural land in and around the city of Lodi. Each member
represents a division of the district. Candidates must reside in
the division they represent.
To cast a ballot for North San Joaquin Water Conservation
District candidates, voters must live in the district. Voters can
only cast a ballot for the candidates within their division.
Division 3's seat, the position held by director Bryan Pilkington,
is not up for election in November.
Below is a breakdown of each division and who is running:
Mark Beck, farmer/rancher
Martin Church, computer superintendent/rancher
Roberto Martinez, quality assurance inspector
Joe Petersen, agricultural businessman/farmer
James Souther, walnut grower/businessman
Robb Hoag, general engineering contractor
Hugh Scanlon, retired fire captain
Joseph Mehrten, rancher/businessman
Marden Wilber, rancher
- Quotes of the night
"We need to fix what we have, use what we've got and go after
what we've lost." — James Souther
"We must save the 20,000 acre-feet of water which this district
has a right to. I think we can do it without taxation; however, I'm
not making any promises. I think we can do this, but it will take
effort." — Robb Hoag
"I wish the nay-sayers would come and be more proactive. We need
to look for solutions instead of dwelling on the past." — Mark
"The most realistic ways to use our allocation are the four Ps:
pumps, pipes, ponds and percolation. Remember the four Ps when you
talk to your neighbors." — Joseph Mehrten
"We need change on the board. I'm all for change, but we don't
need obstructionism. We need ideas and honesty." — Joe
Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:00 am
Updated: 6:30 am, Mon Nov 1, 2010.
Although all nine candidates for the four open North San Joaquin
Water Conservation District board of directors positions had the
option Tuesday evening, only five showed up for the public forum
Tuesday evening at Oak Ridge Winery.
"I'm frustrated four name tags aren't filled tonight," said
Division 2 candidate Joe Petersen, referring to the chairs
designated for the candidates who did not attend the forum. "For
some reason they aren't here tonight."
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 12:00 am.
Updated: 6:30 am.