Voters of California State Assembly District 5 have a tremendous opportunity on Nov. 6. It is not often that voters have the opportunity to elect a true statesman to represent them in Sacramento — and that time has come. I wholeheartedly encourage you to cast your vote for Madera County Supervisor Frank Bigelow for the California Assembly.
I first met Frank in 2004 when I was a supervisor-elect for Inyo County. New to the world of politics, I attended the California State Association of Counties’ new supervisors institute, held in conjunction with the annual conference. Frank was one of the first people I met, and has been a mentor to me since then. I have appreciated his patience, thoughtfulness and ability to see beyond partisan politics to the underlying policy of broad issues.
Although we haven’t always agreed on everything, his grasp of complex issues and ability to articulate his position suggest compromises to come to a satisfactorily palatable solution to issues, and then move on to the next problem without carrying baggage. That is rare among policymakers.
His dedication to the land and rural values is best exemplified by one of his first admonitions to my class of green supervisors:
“There are 1,378,124 acres in Madera County. If you don’t know how big your county is in acres, find out and memorize it. It’s important to fight for, and represent, every one of those acres.”
I now know Inyo County has 6,545,220 acres and have spent eight years fighting for and representing every acre.
Along the way, Frank has been my role model, my advisor, my mentor, and my friend. He has taught me the arts of negotiation, thoughtfulness, and not to give up when fighting for what is right. And through it all, he has been a gentleman and a gentle man.
Count your blessings, District 5 – and cast your vote for Frank Bigelow. You’ll look back and be proud that you supported a man that can reach across the aisle and create solutions rather than division, move beyond petty politics and create good policy, and he will always listen to all aspects of an issue and arrive at a thoughtful solution for the citizens of this great state.
Inyo County supervisor, District 2