As I was the last of the eight candidates to make my closing remarks, I reminded those in attendance of a few simple humbling facts about why I chose to run for the open seat. Opening with the fact that, “It’s not governments job to impose regulations that remove or restrict our freedom, but rather the government was created to protect and serve ones’ life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!”
With that said, I followed by stating that, “I have never worked for a major company like Intel, nor have I fought in a foreign war, as a matter of fact, I haven’t been outside of California much and most of my 26 years of business experience came from right here in El Dorado County.”
I continued by saying, “Our kids, half my age, are overseas fighting for what they understand as “freedom”, only to return here to where they call home to look long and hard for the opportunity that will lead them to prosperity. So, it is the least that I can do at my age, with the wisdom I have gained, through my life and business experiences, to do what I can do to insure that their fight for freedom is protected while they are away and that they return home to the same great county, with the same great opportunities that I had at that age.”
As I finished by thanking the crowd for their attendance and asking for their vote for District 4 Supervisor I realized that “one thing”. That is, despite the public’s perception that we (the 7 men and 1 woman running for the sole seat as your next supervisor) are all opponents, engaged in a heated war with one another and are separated by varying degrees on issues of growth/no-growth, jobs/jobs creation, roads/which ones to fix, and the many initiatives - I feel much different! I feel more like I am a member of a team of eight that has come together to make a difference for our county’s future and that the others, previously unknown to me, have become my teammates and friends. I have already gained more than I have invested through this process and am happy to commit my time and resources to fight for our county.
For that, I am truly HUMBLED!
Michael Jon Pettibone
Candidate for El Dorado County Supervisor – District 4