When we’re evaluating candidates for local office many times it comes down to the lesser of two evils. When it comes to the Stanislaus Board of Supervisors District 3 it’s an easy call because we have an extremely qualified candidate, Terry Withrow. Sometimes candidates come to the position with preconceived notions. Other times their notions/ideas have been pushed on them by special interest groups. One of things that make Terry Withrow exceptional is he listens to his constituents. I know that sounds easy but in this day and age that requires fundraising to get your message out, special interest groups (the Chamber of Commerce and developers) and those who collect politicians for money and personal power (George Petrulakis) will supply the money, but at a price. Terry doesn’t take money from the deep pocketed developers.
When neighborhood residents come to Terry with concerns he hears them out and helps to find solutions. He doesn’t pretend to have a magic wand (like his opponent does) and that all he has to do is wave it and everyone is instantly happy. He understands how the County works and assists in not only explaining the correct path but he helps to get the ball rolling. And he doesn’t take his eyes off the ball, he stays focused through to the end.
He supported Modesto, Salida, and Wood Colony residents in their unified goal to preserve our way of life, our neighborhoods and our precious (some of the best in the World) farmland. When Salida became concerned about Cannabis shops being placed in Salida, Terry made sure their wishes were respected.
During the recent drought Terry was in the forefront in establishing and working with the Stanislaus County Water Advisory Committee bringing farmers, businesses and residents together to help resolve water issues and drought concerns going back to its formation in February 2014.
Terry has always remained open to people having questions or concerns. Whether it’s during or after a Board meeting, a chance meeting in public or or public media, he is always willing to hear anyone’s ideas, problems, or concerns. I’ve watched him give his cellphone number out to anyone who wanted to talk and especially to those trying to pick an argument.
When it comes to local politics it’s not the party that’s important. Power brokers like George Petrulakis purchase Democrats, Republicans, or supposed Independents as often as they can. Case in point…George even ran two candidates (one Republican and one Democrat) against Terry in the primary this year.
We’ve followed our political scene for many years and without a doubt Terry Withrow is one of the best people ever to be elected to office in Stanislaus County. He deserves our continued support. Vote for Terry Withrow for Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors District 3.