Letter to the Editor: Becky Heard

September 28, 2020

Letter to the Editor:

I am writing a personal letter to endorse Supervisor Jim Provenza’s re-election to the Yolo County Board of Supervisors. First, I want to be clear, I am a loyal supporter of equality and the first to support local and national efforts to serve minority communities and human rights. When it comes to leadership, however, I have always aligned myself with the leader that I believe to exhibit the highest values, integrity and dedication in serving their community. I don’t believe that excellent leadership is represented by one gender over another, and I do believe that diversity brings the right balance.  As you cast your vote, I urge you to consider true leadership, experience and commitment when you vote for Jim Provenza in the upcoming re-election as Yolo County Supervisor.  I assure you, I will be the fist to endorse a female candidate, as well as more diversity and equal representation for the Board of Supervisors, when a candidate with comparable leadership qualities enters the race. Until that time, however, Jim has my vote.

As a long-time Davis resident, now living in Woodland, I have known Jim for more than 10 years and I am uniquely familiar with his track record in serving our community. I have worked side by side with him on matters that address families and children in crisis, and I can assure you that many of the programs Jim has endorsed, as well as the corresponding budget allocations he has voted for, have resulted in contributing to long-term physical and mental health, educational achievements and success of the families served.  I have personally witnessed his unwavering care and commitment to housing insecurities, food insecurity and the needs of the elderly in Yolo County. Jim has been an unwavering champion of diversity.

In addition, a little research will further validate that Jim has supported numerous state laws that have addressed hate crime, permitting guns to be taken away from domestic violence perpetrators, laws preventing early release of persons convicted of repeat violent sex crimes against women and children and many more laws that protect Yolo County’s most vulnerable.

More recently, Jim’s response and hard work to care for those impacted by COVID-19 has been exemplary and his many years as a supervisor have produced a distinguished track record of creating sustainable economic development solutions, more jobs, a farmland protection ordinance, as well as responsible funding allocations.

I urge you to vote for Jim because of his incredible track record as our Yolo County Supervisor, his passion for service to this community, and most of all for his leadership. Thank you.

Becky Heard

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