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Sean White: Why You Should Vote For Me

This is the third in a series of columns by the three candidates for the District 2 Contra Costa County supervisor's election next Tuesday

By Sean White

Everyone complains about money in politics, but nobody does anything about it. This is the first opportunity in your lifetime where you have a chance to vote for someone whose campaign is not funded by special interest money.

The system is corrupt and the laws that allow special interests to fund campaigns are morally and legally corrupt. People that are not American own many of the corporate interests that finance American campaigns. There are other special interests that finance campaigns that represent only the interests of a small portion of society.

To represent society as a whole, a candidate must not owe favors to any of these special interests any more than they owe favors to their neighbor who does not belong to one of these special interest groups.

It is time to make a stand against special interests controlling campaigns. I challenge you the voter to see the mailers and signs that litter our society around election time for what they are. They are highly financed, very expensive techniques that are carefully designed to influence you to make a decision to support the candidate that represents the special interest groups that financed those signs.

Some of the signs are paid for by big business that want to take away the pension plans of the employees while the signs of opposing candidates are paid for by groups that want the pension plans to increase to levels that are unfairly high.

I am the candidate that owes nothing to the special interests and will make decisions on behalf of the people that are true and fair. When I am in office, I am the only candidate who will not have to worry about making decisions to please those who write big checks.

When you see that glossy sign and the glossy mailer, remember to look deep into what that high gloss represents. It represents a high cost that special interest groups are paying to influence your decisions in the polling place, so that you will vote for their special interest financed pawn.

I ran for supervisor in 2000 and asked three people for $100 each and it was three of the most embarrassing things that I ever had to do in my life. I can’t imagine the humiliation that moral candidates must feel when they ask for money and then are asked by those who gave them money to make political decisions on their behalf.

This year in America, special interests are expected to spend more money on campaigns than ever before in history. We all know that this money is being spent to influence politicians in a selfish way.

I am asking you in 2012 to read deep into the material that is being presented to you on the side of the road and in your mailboxes. Please see where this is coming from and vote for candidates based on the content of their character, rather than the funding of their signs and mailers.

I encourage you to compare candidates on an even playing field at the League of Women Voters Smart Voter website. You can also be directed there via www.seanwhite.org

Chris F. May 31, 2012 at 02:26 PM
During on of my many trips to Alaska I had a stay in Haines where I met Sean White. He was a wonderful guide. I had a chance to know him over my many days stay and the guy I met was a very haimish person with a lot of passion for life and adventure. I hope he gets elected and brings his unpretentious spirit into politcs.
Chris Nicholson May 31, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Compelling argument, but you fall short. I have not only NOT received one dollar from third parties for MY campaign, but I have also NOT spent any of my own MONEY, OR time on the race. Until now, I have not even bothered to announce my campaign. Therefore, if we are just judging on absence of money spent and/or third party influence, I surely trump you. I assume you'll be writing me in.
Lance Howland (Editor) May 31, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I'm not sure, but I think a write-in campaign just launched on Patch with CN's comment!
Steve Cohn May 31, 2012 at 03:36 PM
So what's your burning issue? Candace if you want public pension reform. Tomi if you believe in women's choice and related issues. Sean if publicly funded elections, the overturning of Citizens United and one-man / one-vote is your hot button. Can a County Supervisor affect any of these? Tip O'Neall said that "all politics are local" so maybe all issues are local too.
Harry Jenkins May 31, 2012 at 03:48 PM
He's a fresh choice to two women who are typical, career politicians. It won't happen but it sure would be nice if people sent a message that it's time for a change. We know the poor decisions that both of these women have made. Time to give someone else a chance and see if he's better, the same, or worse.
Stacey J. Weinberger May 31, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I don't think I want an angry man for supervisor whose only pond is Lamorinda Patch as a venue for complaining.
Harry Jenkins May 31, 2012 at 03:53 PM
So you'd rather have one who puts religion above the Constitution or another dominated by unions?
natalie johns May 31, 2012 at 04:11 PM
And of course you've heard of and acknowledge the standard concept of equal time for all political candidates right?
Chris Nicholson May 31, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Alas, the negative attacks have begun. Regrettably, in order to protect my family from the pain of further abuse from Stacey and her (his?) goons, I must withdraw from this race. I thank all of my supporters. Fear not, as I will continue my angry defense of freedom in this pond and others.
Andrew L. May 31, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Until reading this, I'd been under the impression this was a two-(wo)man race. Kudos to Mr. White and good luck.
Chris F. May 31, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Looks like you just announced your campaign and to what will you owe the patch?
Chris F. May 31, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Out With The Old! They are what put us in the mess we are in! It is time for some serious reform from the bottom up. get rid of the career politicians with nothing but political and religious IOU's resting on the backs, resting their debts on the backs of the furure generations Time to clean up the mess
Patrice Martens May 31, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Drat! We lost Chris! That had to be the shortest political campaign in history!!
c5 May 31, 2012 at 06:08 PM
so i do some work this morning and miss chris n's entire political career? i guess 'you snooze, you lose'.....:)
bcrane1 June 01, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Does it matter where these candidates stand on taxes, social issues, education, etc? Maybe it's more important to know their views on colony collapse disorder and peanut allergies. Before we decided who to vote for, should we not know what we're asking them to do? So.... What, exactly, does a county supervisor do?
Harry Jenkins June 01, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I'd like to know if they can spell "America".
Jose June 01, 2012 at 05:14 AM
Wait. I thought it was "Amerigo" as in Amerigo Vespucci? No?
My Kids Dad June 01, 2012 at 06:00 AM
It's interesting that Sean claims he doesn't take any money for getting elected to political office, but works in an industry that is heavily subsidized by the government and still isn't economically viable yet, but were spending billions of tax payer dollars to roll out solar tech and other green tech that is less dependable than a good old fashioned hydro or gas or nuclear. the positions he mentions in his introduction are vague and hardly substantial. I'm not sold!
Steve Cohn June 01, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Having a "grownup in the room" who has to force the kids to eat their vegetables (a government with the long view of making clean energy the energy we use as opposed to polluting energy which will end up killing all of us) is not the same as letting the wealthy buy who represents us. In fact, it is often the opposite.

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