During the past few years, public trust in government has deteriorated—and rightfully so. Leaders at all levels of government have thrown fiscal restraint out the window and prioritized their own political interests above the public good. And frankly it makes the job much harder for those of us who haven’t!
Now, more than ever, we need candidates for office who promise to restore public confidence in our elected officials.
Fortunately, the voters of the Third District in the race for County Board of Supervisors have the opportunity to vote for such a candidate this November.
Steve Danon is that candidate. Not only does he have a platform that will reform the way our county government conducts business, but he has the experience and record to assure us that he can deliver on his promises.
To begin with, Danon has promised to eliminate the $5 million slush fund that county supervisors use to play political favorites in their districts. These are taxpayer dollars that County Supervisor’s currently have the discretion to spend on any programs or services they desire—without accountability, transparency, or a vote.
Steve knows this is not a responsible use of hard-earned tax dollars. He knows that government services and projects should be implemented based on merit—not political favoritism.
Danon has also called for a regional Ethics Commission that would hold our elected officials accountable for breaches of the public trust. The committee would act as the public’s watchdog and enforcer, adding greater transparency and accountability to government.
Danon’s outline for reform is crucial. Yet, his campaign platform has multiple planks.
As someone who founded his own small business and gained experience working in both the private and public sectors, Danon has developed a thorough understanding of the requirements for job creation and growth.
That’s why he plans to cut red-tape for job creators and reduce the 5-10 year time period it takes to relocate or expand a local business. Alone, these two impediments to job creation have stunted significant job growth for our region.
Beyond that, Danon also opposes any increases in taxes or fees. His opponent in this race, meanwhile, has consistently voted in favor of fee increases in Solana Beach to balance a budget. Danon knows that the last thing small businesses and working families need is a tax or fee increase and he’ll stop at nothing to ensure the County budget isn’t balanced on the backs of taxpayers.
Don’t take my word for it. I am not the only local leader to endorse Steve Danon’s campaign for Supervisor. I’ve been joined by dozens of other community leaders and organizations we trust. The list includes the mayors of every city in the district including San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, and both the Union-Tribune and North County Times newspapers. Danon is also Law Enforcement’s choice, and is endorsed by the Deputy Sheriffs Association and San Diego Police Officers Association.
I have great confidence that, once elected, Steve Danon and his pro-reform, pro-job growth platform will become a role model for good governance.