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I Am Voting For Michael Oliveira ~ By Lisa Muetterties

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/22/2014 08:34 PM
Arnold, CA...I have been campaigning for Michael Oliveira for Supervisor. I would like to address the recent paid advertisement Supervisor Merita Callaway’s Campaign written by Mike Borean. It is very sad that Mike Borean has chosen to make false and inaccurate comments about Michael Oliveira. Mike Borean and Merita’s campaign has taken to trying to discredit Michael Oliveira and it saddens me. I do know Michael Oliveira will be posting factual information and documentation to correct the many inaccurate statements made by Mike Borean. Michael Oliveira bought his home in Arnold in 2002. He went to work in the Sheriff Department in 2007 and also served as Bailiff. He was appointed to the Resident Deputy position in 2011. I attended the meeting held at the Moose Lodge in Arnold by Sheriff Kuntz where he introduced Michael and explained he would be our Resident Deputy. This meeting was also attended by Merita Callaway....

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Letter to The Editor~by Gene and Shellie Cervantes

Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 10/22/2014 11:35 AM
Murphys, CA...As local business owners in Murphys and Victim Advocates for Citizens Against Homicide, we endorse Tim Healy for Superior Court Judge in Department 2. Tim is the only candidate for Department 2, who has practiced law in the courtroom within the past 15 years. He is the only candidate for Department 2, who has EVER practiced criminal law in the courtroom. Experience is so important when considering who to vote for Superior Court Judge in this year's election. You want the candidate who ....
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Why I Am Voting For Judge Swift ~ By Chris Muetterties

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/20/2014 12:39 PM
Angels Camp, CA...I would like to express why I am supporting Hugh Swift for Superior Court Judge Dept. 2. When I was first told that Judge Swift had been appointed by Gov. Brown I knew as a life long republican that I would never support Judge Swift due to his appointment. I was challenged by a friend to come listen to Judge Swift and hear about the process he went through for the appointment. I walked away knowing that Judge Swift will be fair and impartial as he sits on the bench but will not be swayed by politics in his rulings. The truth is I am so fed up with both political parties that I just want to scream....
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I Trust Merita Callaway ~ By Doug Shinn

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/17/2014 02:43 PM
Arnold, CA...I want to share some key thoughts about the Supervisor race for District 3.  I urge all voters to stand behind Supervisor Merita Callaway and give her a strong mandate of approval for the future.  We have lived in Calaveras County for 34 years. I'm a real estate broker and have been in real estate for 30 years. Whenever an issue came up that affected our County, town, or real estate in general, I was always able to contact Merita and get her help.  A good case in point was the speed limit increases that Caltrans made which had a negative impact on our downtown.  Merita became involved and worked directly with Caltrans and the Highway Patrol to make the needed changes....
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Letter To The Editor On The Judge Swift vs Healy Campaign. ~ By Joanne Snyder Randall

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/15/2014 10:56 AM
Valley Springs, CA...I met Tim Healy when he was first running for Superior Court Judge this past spring. Ron and I were both impressed with Tim’s honesty and work ethic. We were encouraged by his hard work to promote justice in the court system. During the primary election we allow all candidates to place signs on our property but during the general election we invite people to post signs. We asked Tim to post signs but some candidates just put them up without permission. When considering candidates for Judge, I believe we want the person with the most courtroom experience practicing the law, and the person we can trust will have qualities we believe are important for a Judge to have. Like: honesty, integrity, commitment to ensure every person who comes to court is treated with dignity and respect. I believe that person is Tim Healy....
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Michael Oliveira - Positive Choice ~ By Alice Montgomery

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/15/2014 12:28 AM
Arnold, CA...I am endorsing Michael Oliveira for District 3 Supervisor. As a mostly liberal, usually Democrat-voting, environmentalist who does not own a gun, I see this
former sheriff as the positive choice. There are four main reasons. He has the qualifications to revitalize our area while carefully preserving our beautiful Highway 4 corridor and other natural areas. As we’ve seen Murphys prosper and thrive under a different previous supervisor, for more than 15 years Arnold has endured supervised neglect. A well established Arnold resident, Oliveira has a specific and strategic plan that will bring positive, environmentally sensitive change and measured economic growth to our area....
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Letter To The Editor On The Judge Swift vs Healy Campaign. ~ By Kristy Slocum

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/14/2014 10:52 AM
Angels Camp, CA...The California Code of Judicial Ethics states that, “A candidate for judicial office shall not knowingly, or with reckless disregard for the truth, misrepresent the identity, qualifications, present position, or any other fact concerning ... his or her opponent or other applicants.” In a recent ad, lawyer Tim Healy misrepresented the qualifications of Judge Hugh Swift, his opponent in the November 4 election. He totally ignored Judge Swift’s 13 years practicing law in San Diego County. He suggested the Judge did not have a college education; of course Judge Swift has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego, and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from California Western School of Law. He also neglected to say Judge Swift is currently a Superior Court Judge, having adjudicated thousands of cases in Calaveras County and as Court Commissioner in Amador County. Apparently, he decided voters did not really need to know these facts....
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Judge Candidate Endorsements ~ From Retired Judge Douglas V. Mewhinney

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/13/2014 11:05 AM

Judicial Campaign in Calaveras County ~ Letter To The Editor By Tricia Slavik

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/13/2014 08:12 AM
Murphys, CA...Call me naive, but I am one of those people who believe everyone is inherently good and honest and would certainly expect a candidate for judge to have the highest integrity. I am dumbfounded about what I have been reading about Tim Healy's tactics against his opponent, Judge Swift. I don't like the ugliness of politics and am still trying to figure out why judges are elected officials. It seems to me that judges should be the most qualified person for the job. But. alas that is not how it works....
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Outside Spending in Calaveras County? ~Letter To The Editor By Mark Bonar

Posted by: thepinetree on 10/13/2014 08:05 AM
Arnold, CA...Few can dispute the fact that outside political spending is designed to influence the outcome of elections.  By outside spending, I mean election expenditures such as the infamous Super PACs and donations from special interest groups. Unfortunately, the U. S. Supreme Court recently opened that door very much wider. These outsiders make these contributions in hope of being able to control the candidates they fund...
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