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Letter: Russ Munson is not the right choice for San Joaquin County supervisor

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Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:00 am

Well, it’s that time of year again when all the campaign signs pop up like weeds. The frightening sign this year is the one that says “Munson for county supervisor.” Does he really think the citizens of Lodi buy his story about “I am here to serve”?

Does Munson really think the citizens of Lodi have forgotten that he was just denied by the county the ability to build another project in our farmland? Sounds like sour grapes to me.

Does he really think the citizens of Lodi will pay him over $100,000 of your county tax dollars to be an elected county supervisor with zero experience? I certainly hope not.

Does he think the citizens of Lodi have forgotten redevelopment? Redevelopment would’ve helped pay for Munson’s newest business in Downtown and paid him incentives (thousands of dollars) just to do it! Talk about a self-serving guy. Or the fact that the city was paying him roughly $8,000 rent every month for a building not worth half of the money. What a sweetheart deal for his campaign contributions to council members.

Does he really think that he could fill the shoes of Ken Vogel? Mr. Vogel has been one of the finest county supervisors Lodi could ever ask for. Mr. Vogel also worked tirelessly on water issues and things that matter to the citizens of Lodi.

Does Mr. Munson really think that he could do the full-time job of the county supervisor and manage Wine and Roses, and Rosewood? It would be simply impossible for him to do all those things. He actually said he could do the job of a county supervisor while he sits in his office at Wine and Roses, or even Rosewood.

If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

I will be voting for anyone other than Munson. I hope you will join me.

Jane Lea


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  • Michael Fiske posted at 2:49 pm on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    MFiske Posts: 1

    Look we all have a preference for a particular candidate. Nothing wrong with asking others to vote for that person. However, when a letter writer comes out and basically calls one candidate a crook.....that makes my suspicious. Lea has always come across as a very angry lady. That's to bad. Why she thinks a personal attack would actually help another candidate, well that's kinda of sad. If there is another candidate that knows and cares more about Lodi, vote for that person. For me, its an easy call. Why would I want a career civil employee (Lopez) or a retired state employee who lives in and loves Ripon (Winn) when I can have the hometown guy?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:31 pm on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488


    If you are so convinced of that - give us some examples.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 11:34 am on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Bobbin, if you call the fact that I have absolutely NO reservations about Russ Munson's qualifications for Couonty Supervisor "cronyism", so be it. I am surprised you didn't use your favorite words, racist and bigot.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 11:07 am on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Mr. Kirsten, her letter is obviously agenda driven. Liberals are deathly afraid of conservatives. They might "rain on their parade", so to speak.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 10:56 am on Fri, May 23, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    The fact that the bleeding heart liberal progressives are NOT voting for Russ Munson is, in fact, a powerful endorsement in favor of Mr. Munson. They must be afraid he will attempt to make SJ County fiscally responsible instead of funding liberal programs the County cannot afford.

  • Ed Walters posted at 2:50 pm on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    the old dog Posts: 632

    Elementary, childish,personal slams, back at you Gobin

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:45 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    "Elementary, childish, personal slams?"

    Sounds like Ms. Lea has some legitimate concerns about Munson's ability to do the job of county supervisor.

    Besides - if "elementary, childish, personal slams" were against the LTE policy, 100% of letters submitted by the right wingers like Portal, Osgood, Viall, et. al. would be rejected.

    Think about it.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:42 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488


    Sounds like Jane Lea knows about as much (or more) about Munson as you do, Baxxter. Why would you possibly think that she didn't - especially since you don't even know who Ms. Lea is - she been in the news here in town for decades. Oh - that's right - you're always away on vacation.

    Sounds like your affiliation with Munson is a bit of cronyism?

    BTW - I also mailed my ballot two weeks ago and didn't vote for Munson.

  • Dave Kirsten posted at 9:33 am on Thu, May 22, 2014.

    Dave Kirsten Posts: 4

    Hi Jane, How thoughtful of you to invite the rest of us to join you to vote for “anybody else”. Personally I think we need a little more information before taking you up on your offer. Your theory apparently is that Russ Munson has too many accomplishments or perhaps his extensive business background somehow disqualifies him as a supervisor. Please explain how these attributes render any candidate unsuitable. If we follow that theory then should we disqualify Kathy Miller because she owns and operates a design and remodeling company? How about Paul Canepa? Should he be judged negatively because he has operated the family business for over 20 years? I find the statement "I will be voting for anyone other than Munson." less than inspiring. Are you saying everyone else has more qualifications? Please help us understand why "everyone else" is a better choice. Better yet, why don't you tell us which candidate is best and why. Your letter doesn’t provide much information for voters... it seems more a drive-by fruiting. Have you ever tried to compel a positive outcome by inspiring others, or collaborating with like-minded individuals to create a consensus? By now you should know most voters are not moved by these unsupported toxic statements.

  • John Kindseth posted at 9:50 pm on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    I thought that elementary, childish, personal slams were off limits.....I guess not.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 4:33 pm on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    What has the fact that she is/was an activist have to do with her knowing Russ Munson's qualifications? Nada, zip, zilch. I have known Russ both personally and on a professional level for many yeas and I say he is probably OVER qualified to be a county supervisor. Mailed in my ballot last week, voted for Russ Munson as I am sure many, many more will do also. Time for a change, time for Russ Muson.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:58 pm on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Baxxter, who doesn't even live in Lodi or in San Joaquin County, for that matter, should probably know that Jane Lea has been a community activist in Lodi for the past several decades.

    She is (or has been) on the Eastside Improvement Committee and probably knows just about anyone who is anybody in Lodi.

    Since you don't know that, Baxxter, maybe you should establish your voting base in one of your other locals that you brag constantly about. Or not vote at all.

    In the meantime, I suggest you keep your ridiculous accusations to yourself.

  • Joe Baxter posted at 11:43 am on Wed, May 21, 2014.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    Ms. Lea, let me guess. You don't even know Russ Munson or anything about him except what you have read or someone has told you. Your vitriolic rhetoric is baseless and doesn't hold water. Your vote just got cancelled.


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