The time has come now to make some important decisions in our political lives. Probably the most important one for all of us locally is the decision on who should fill the open seat in District 3 on the Madera County Board of Supervisors.
In my opinion there is only one man that is fully qualified and completely able to step into that seat and do the excellent job we should expect from all of our elected officials. That man is Gary Svanda.
I had the privilege and honor of serving with Gary for several years on the Madera City Council. He was a staunch supporter of the Madera Police Department and all forms of public safety. He is a man of dignity and great ethical standards. He was never a headline chaser but worked tirelessly on whatever problems arose, and believe me, there were some.
He always came prepared to discuss any issue and had read and understood both sides of the problem at hand. I have never seen him become flustered or angry. He was born with the ability to work with many others and try to work out the best decisions.
He knows we don’t always get things the way we want them, but he simply got up and moved on to the next item.
I have taken many steps in the passing years to create for myself my own dignity and ethical standards. I would not risk any of that to support someone who would not live up to similar or even higher standards. I know assuredly that I am not taking any such risk with Gary Svanda.
I support him one hundred per cent, and hope that you will join with me and many others when you cast your ballot. We will put him in the seat for which he is badly needed. He will serve both the city and county as well as anyone has ever done.
Gordon E. Skeels,
Retired police chief, city councilman and mayor