Moorpark City Council Member Mark Van Dam would like to win this contest. I think this looks ridiculous. He said if he wins he will ride it to a city council meeting. Please go to this link to vote. http://bit.ly/Tg92Tr
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( David Pollock was an actor and a school board member, and now is on the Moorpark City Council.)
David Pollock, Steve Bennett, and David Cruz Thayne, are currently the only three declared candidates for the Congressional district that includes most of Ventura County except for most of Simi Valley. I will be covering these campaigns in detail.
So far Republicans don't have any declared candidates.
On David Pollock's website he lists an impressive group of people that have endorsed him including support from Republican elected officials. Show off your local political knowledge by posting which of the people that endorsed him are Republicans.
Here is his Thanksgiving message:
This year we have many things to be thankful for. Ventura County is home to some of the most beautiful natural scenery, most comfortable climate and most fertile farmland in the nation. Just a short drive from the hustle and bustle of LA, we enjoy our quiet neighborhoods and old fashioned sense of community. And we have another thing to be thankful for: for the first time in a generation, we have a real choice in who will represent us in Congress.
Our current Congress has its priorities backwards. They are defending the elite upper class at the expense of the middle class. We have a tax system that enables CEOs to pay lower tax rates than their secretaries. We have a healthcare system that bankrupts people who get sick. This is plain nuts!
I believe that the government should look out for small businesses and entrepreneurs, not just large corporations. We need Congress to understand that the measure of a nation is how we treat our most vulnerable citizens, not how we coddle our millionaires.
I got into public service because I wanted my kids to have better schools. Now I'm running for Congress to make sure that the next generation of kids is not the first in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents.
While we have a lot to be thankful for, we also have a lot of work to do. Please check out my website at www.pollockforcongress.com and consider getting involved.
I cover Ventura County politics from Park Boards to School Boards. Sometimes I am serious but sometimes I want to use my blog for local politicians and activists to have a good time. Besides being fun I want the fun contests to remind all of us that what we have in common is bigger than what divides us. Maybe when we laugh with each other we can focus on our policy differences more than personality clashes. That's the plan anyway.
Do you remember the cutest dog competition? I am proud of how many people participated by sending in pictures.
What about the video contest Team Sojka won? Kyle Quiroz told me he is actually getting paid a very small amount by Youtube for that video.
This time I am sponsoring a Planking Competition.
Awards will be given for a variety of categories including most creative, most on message, and best picture. Elected officials, activists, and others can enter by emailing me their pictures. You can have us guess where the picture was taken or include that information for me to post.
Moorpark City Council Member Mark Van Dam is planking in a mysterious spot. Any guesses where he is at?
State Assembly Member Jeff Gorell teased me that he might send in a picture of him planking in Afghanistan. Would you like him to send in a picture? Vote in my online poll.
I unlocked the poll so you can vote as many times as you want.
Between here and election day I plan on having many candidates answer your questions. Remember, you don't need to register to comment. You also don't need to use your real name or your real email address. Keep the questions related to the position that the candidate is running for and keep it classy. Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. If you know a candidate that wants to get their name out there send me an email sooner rather than later.
I know Ute's husband from his successful run for Moorpark City Council. I also know him from an experimental Spanish class that we took together. Long story.
Anyways, here are some questions from me, followed by an introduction by Ute Van Dam.
1. Will you seek or accept the support of a political party for your campaign?
2. What do you think about the process to fire a poor performing teacher? Do you think it is too easy, reasonable, or too hard to fire a teacher?
3. Have you attended many school board meetings?
4. Do you support the expansion of charter schools?
5. What local politician do you respect for the work they have done for our community?
Here is Ute Van dam's introduction:
I appreciate the opportunity to participate in Brian's blog and I look forward to answering questions and comments about my decision to run for our school board.
My name is Ute Van Dam and I am running for the Moorpark Unified School Board. I have lived in Moorpark for the past 6+ years and have truly enjoyed it. I moved here with my family from the Valley due to the excellent quality of life, wonderful school system and the small-town atmosphere.
I have 22 years experience in the field of education: 5 years as a classroom teacher and 17 years as a school psychologist. I am involved in a variety of community activities, including the high school band program, Kiwanis, youth volleyball, and various church activities at Moorpark Presbyterian Church.
Our schools in Moorpark are doing great-- even when faced with budgetary constraints. However, there is always room for improvement. I would like to see the arts much more promoted in ALL of the schools. Communication between the school district and the city, youth sports, and community can always be enhanced for the betterment of our children. The budget and sound financial planning is also an issue since enrollment and funding has decreased dramatically over the last several years.
One board member has children currently in the school district and I feel it is important that current parents have a voice in decision making. Also, only one of the current board members is an educator which I believe gives important insight as to how schools can and should run efficiently and effectively. While being an educator and a parent with school-aged children does not mean that I will have all of the answers, it will allow me to draw on my past experiences and training and use them to benefit our schools.
Please ask questions and I will respond accordingly.
Ute (pronounced "oo-tay." It's German. Blame my parents.)
Does anyone know the email address or background information for Michael Thomas Judge? He is listed as a candidate for the Simi Valley City Council.
I had an entry up to ask Rob Collins questions. I took it down to delete off topic comments. I expect to put it back up later this week. Thanks to those asking questions about the Simi Valley school board election.
It looks like CVUSD Board Member Mike Dunn's wife is running for school board. Will they be added to the list of political power couples locally?
I also saw a candidate listed for Moorpark school board with the last name Van Dam. I assume that she is related to council member Mark Van Dam but I will check into it. Here is Mark Van Dam from a few years back:
Moorpark city politics just got more interesting with the announced retirement of current Mayor Patrick Hunter. I don't know enough about the issues in Moorpark to give a fair assessment of his leadership but I would like to nominate City Council Member Keith Millhouse as a potential replacement. Keith Millhouse is a Republican, lawyer, and environmentalist. He is also a great friend of this blog. He donated the most to a charity drive that I had recently and he has taken questions from readers. He even backs a dog park in Moorpark, something I strongly support.
Keith, I make a motion to nominate you for mayor. Do I see a second?
A few weeks back someone asked me if there was any Republican that I would vote for over a Democrat locally. There are more but Keith is at the top of my list.
UPDATE: Janice Parvin has announced she is running for mayor.
In our latest entry you can ask newly elected ( Nov. '06) city council member of Moorpark Mark Van Dam questions about what he has learned in the last several months both about his city and his job. Mark thanks for making yourself accessible to those that don't attend council meetings. Before you were elected I attended a Moorpark meeting and I think there was three of us in the audience including me and you. Obviously, for democracy to function we all need to reach out beyond the old traditional ways of participation.
We have also had the pleasure of fellow council member Keith Millhouse answer questions here. Keith, thanks for answering questions. If anyone ever says it is hard to get a hold of a politician give them a link.
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