Friday, December 2, 2011

A group of corporate-fascists are getting prepared to destroy the political career of  Solano County Board of Supervisor Linda Seifert, who has tried time and again to protect the ecology and freedoms of the people in Solano County.
Steve Messina is prepared to sell out the future long-term health to private investors. He is already talking with corporations involved with toxic pollution, hoping that these anti-life industries will "bring jobs" despite having a track record employing outside the locality where they set up shop.

2011-12-02 "Benicia's Messina to challenge Seifert for seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors" by Tony Burchyns from "Vallejo Times Herlad" newspaper
The race for the Solano County Board of Supervisors has begun, with Benicia school board trustee and former mayor Steve Messina announcing his bid to unseat first-term incumbent Linda Seifert.
The District 2 seat is one of three up for grabs in the June 5 primary. Candidates would need to win a majority of votes to avoid a November runoff.
Seifert, of Green Valley, announced her re-election intentions last month. Seifert won her first four-year term when she defeated John Silva in 2008.
Messina served on the Benicia City Council for a decade, including eight years as mayor from 1999 to 2007. He was elected to the Benicia Unified School District board in 2009.
Rumors circulated for months that Messina may enter the race. Messina said he was planning on a formal announcement next week, but the news slipped out Wednesday after he told the online Benicia Patch that he was selling his Double Rainbow ice cream shop.
"I'll be putting all my energies into the school board, the fair board and most important, running for the board of supervisors in June 2012," Messina was quoted as saying.
He also said he has formed a campaign committee and is raising money.
Reached by phone Thursday, Messina told the Times-Herald that he launched his campaign website this week.
Messina said he has spoken to current and past supervisors about the job.
"It's a lot of work," he said. "But in all public service the rewards are when you accomplish something. That makes it all worthwhile."
Asked for her reaction to Messina's announcement, Seifert said she hopes voters will be swayed by her ongoing work on the board. Issues such as water quality, public safety and preventing First Five funding cuts have been among her priorities, she said.
"My goal for running for the board position in the first place was to work for open and transparent government," Seifert said. "I have worked every day to achieve that."
District 2's boundaries will shift in the next election, losing about 5,000 Vallejo voters to District 1 and picking up constituents around Fairfield.
As a result, Vallejo voters who supported Seifert in 2009 won't have a chance to vote for her again next year, even though technically Seifert will represent them until the end of her term.
Seifert downplayed any perceived disadvantage she and other board incumbents may face.
"I've worked on issues of common concern," she said, adding that her time in office has made her recognizable.
Other seats that will be in play include Vallejo's District 1 and District 5, which encompasses eastern Solano County, including Dixon, Rio Vista, Elmira and parts of Vacaville and Suisun City.
Supervisor Barbara Kondylis, of Vallejo, has announced she won't seek another term. So far no candidates have announced.
Meanwhile, Supervisor Mike Reagan, of Vacaville, remains unopposed in his re-election bid.
The candidate filing deadline in all three races is March 9.

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