Less than impressed with State Assembly choices


I am pretty undecided on how to vote for the Representative to California Assembly District 26. Jose Sigala is running to unseat incumbent Devon Mathis.

I have spoken to Mathis on a couple of occasions. He seemed unable to speak in any terms other than meaningless platitudes. I have never spoken to Sigala.

I got a campaign mailer (received 10/30/18) from the Mathis campaign. The mailer identified Mathis’ opponent as Warren Gubler. Gubler, of course, was an opponent in the primary, not in the general election. I am reluctant to vote for someone with such a lack of attention to a simple detail.

I checked Sigala’s website. He identifies himself as “a member the Mid-Kaweah Grundwater Sustainability Agency” (accessed 10/31/18). I would prefer a Representative who knows when to use the word “of” and knows how to spell the word “groundwater.”

These are my choices. Egads.

Len Andrews


Wheaton the man to get work done


In these days of extreme politics, I find myself uniquely qualified to guide my fellow voters in choosing the right candidate for Tulare County Office of Education Superintendent of Schools. Craig Wheaton is that candidate.

I have been in education for more than 40 years, both as a teacher and an administrator. I am a sitting board member of a small, rural school district, and I am also a board member of a private non-profit institution. 

I have been in agriculture and farming all of my life, and I was so fortunate to raise my three children on our citrus ranch. They attended a very small school, which enjoyed the many classroom educational services from the County Superintendent’s office. 

However, what I am most proud of is, I am the chairman of the School Site Council at Porterville Union High School and I have been able to contribute to the ongoing success of this very large, complex campus.

I know what works for our rural school districts. I know what works for our large school districts, and Craig Wheaton is the man to get the work done. He is presently the Deputy Superintendent of Schools for the Tulare County Office of Education. He knows the budget, the staff, the daily demands, and most importantly, he knows the needs of all our schools.

With Craig Wheaton at the helm, the transition to a new Superintendent will be smooth, error free, and our students will not miss a single step. 

I urge you to join me in voting for Craig Wheaton. For Tulare County Superintendent of Schools.

Tom Cemo


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