The Real Deal

The soft spoken Juliana Inman is no shrinking violet, which is why she has earned my support in the coming election.

Because I am sure that this is bound to come up in some of the comments that are offered in response to this blog post if I fail to preemptively address this matter right here and now, before I go on, I am going to begin by saying this: For me, Mark Luce isn't even on the radar screen as a possible choice in the District 2 Supervisor's race.  He -- a longtime Republican who recently jumped ship and is now registered as a "Decline to State" voter -- and I just disagree on too many issues for me to even consider throwing my support behind him. That then narrows the field for me to the two other candidates in this race.

In general, I have made it my policy in the past to stay out of the public fray on a personal level when two Democrats are competing for the same seat.  And I will likely continue to mostly pursue such a policy going forward.  But over the course of the last several months and in some cases, back much further still, I have had an opportunity to work with both of the Democrats running in this race and, in the process, have come to see some rather stark contrasts between the two that may not be as obvious to the casual observer (who has very little opportunity to really see the differences between these candidates with little more to go on than their often -- though in some critical cases, at least for me, not always -- very similar voting records as Napa City Councilmembers).

As a long time local activist, I have had many opportunities to work with Juliana Inman on matters that I believe serve not just the interests of the community overall, but also some of the least advantaged among us in particular.  Furthermore, she has been an active participant in the efforts that I have been involved with to better address the needs of the local Latino community, which -- even though it constitutes almost a third of all our friends and neighbors here -- is so often under-represented and under-served. I have found her to be as accessible and responsive to, as well as truly engaged with, the members of this community who are often largely marginalized and ignored by elected officials --  as well as the "average citizen" -- as she is with those who are the "movers and shakers" that live amongst us. And in addition to being a local champion of First Amendment rights, I have also found her to be highly knowledgeable, very compassionate, and remarkably competent every time that I have had the pleasure of working with her.

For these reasons, among many others, I urge all of you readers who vote in this district to cast your ballot for Juliana Inman in the June election for Napa County District Two Supervisor. She truly is The Real Deal.




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Catherine George May 17, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Well said, and bravo!!! Thank you so much for this posting.
Conchita Marusich May 19, 2012 at 05:21 AM
Joanne, thanks for the posting. I agree that Juliana would make a terrific member of the Napa County Board of Supervisors. Her work as a Napa City Council member, a Napa County Planning Commissioner and a City of Napa Planning Commissioner has given her in-depth experience to deal with the pressing issues that she would face as a county supervisor. She has outlined three areas that are critical to our county. Her first priority would be to bring jobs to Napa to replace the over 10,000 jobs that have disappeared since 2008. Her second priority is to work on traffic and road improvements and her third priority is to maintain slow growth in the county. She is opposed to Napa Pipe in contrast with Mark Luce who has supported it for the past six years. I have worked with Juliana on a number of projects and have been very impressed with her accessibility and her dedication to serving the community. We need someone like Juliana who has a strong vision for our county and who would bring fresh ideas to the job. This why I am supporting and voting for Juliana Inman Conchita Marusich District 2 voter
Xulio Soriano May 19, 2012 at 08:30 AM
Out of all council members, from what I have witnessed, Julianna Inman is truly be there for people that need their voices to be heard and empowered.


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