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Ranking the region’s top power couples

By From page A2 | March 31, 2013

You’ve got Jay-Z and Beyonce, who own the music world. You’ve got Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, so great that they created a new word to describe them: Brangelina.

You’ve got Bill and Hillary Clinton (HillBilly?), the once and possibly future president. You’ve got Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, with enough power to force the rest of us to listen to their children sing.

Power couples are everywhere. Including here.

Today, after months of research (by which I mean asking my friends if they have any ideas), I reveal the Fairfield-Suisun City area’s top five power couples.

Yes! It’s an exclusive, available only here!

Here are the rules: The list contains couples where both members have independent power (not, for instance, someone who is prominent for simply being married to powerful person). And bonus points for being powerful in vastly different areas.

First is our power couple emeritus, Duane Kromm and Marilyn Farley. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors who still has a lot of pull in the local controlled-growth crowd. She was a member of the Fairfield City Council. Ten years ago, they probably would have ranked No. 1 – and they still have a lot of influence.

But here is the current list:

5. Jonathan and Vickie Harvey. An exception to the different-areas-of-power rule, they are the co-leaders of the Kroc Center in Suisun City – a huge job at a king-sized place that makes a colossal impact in the area. Three synonyms in the same sentence!

4. Todd and Pam Bertani. He’s the pastor at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and a leader in the local faith community, while she’s a local attorney who was the top vote-getter in the last Fairfield City Council election.

3. Denis and Judi Honeychurch. Denis is one of the county’s top defense attorneys and longtime member of the Solano Community College governing board, while Judi is a former educator – teacher, principal, administrator – who was the top vote-getter in the last school board election.

2. Jim and Pam Spering. He’s the former longtime Suisun City mayor and current county supervisor, she’s the founder and managing director of the Missouri Street Theatre and one of the most powerful people in local theater. And their daughter, Dae, is moving into the same role.

1. Rick and Sue Vaccaro. Rick is a top educator (former principal at Armijo High, now heading up the juvenile hall and community schools) and a Fairfield vice mayor, while Sue is an executive at Republic Services/Solano Garbage and the president of the Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations, Vaccaros. Can I get a discount on my garbage bill?

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In case you’re interested, here’s who barely missed: Glen and Jill Faison. One of them is a regional powerhouse. The other does my annual reviews at work.

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Food review: A few weeks ago, the DR’s Barry Eberling wrote about Dawgs’ Michigan Coney Island Hotdogs on Parker Road, which offers coney-style hot dogs, including one that includes bacon, peanut butter and banana chips.

After I read about it, I made a point to drive all the way across town to get it. It tasted exactly as you would expect.

The peanut butter was the dominant flavor, but the bacony deliciousness and the slight hint of banana chips were exquisite.

Did that sound like I’m on the Food Network? That’s my goal.

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I am engaged in a (one-way) battle with local theater leaders who want to spell the word “theatre.”

This is the US of A and we don’t spell words like that. We spell them in American ways – center, not centre. Realize, not realise. Labor, not labour.

So it’s theater, not theatre.

If you love America, you agree with me.

Reach Brad Stanhope at 427-6958 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bradstanhope.

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope

Brad Stanhope is a former Daily Republic editor. He began his career at the DR in the last millennium. He spent 24 years as a sports editor, associate editor and news editor before leaving the Daily Republic in 2014. Brad lives in Suisun City with his wife, Mrs. Brad, and two sons. He enjoys cheese.

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  • Talk About Power Couples !March 31, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    How does Mr. Stanhop change a Light Bulb?....He does not need to change Light Bulbs, he just points his finger at it and says "The Force Be With You", and it is ON....How can he do this, you ask?...Well Mrs. Brad says that Mr. Brad is a 100% turn on, he is ELECTRIC! ( Ummmm.....Mr. Stanhop maybe you should let me know if I am pushing the envelope of tolerated comments, but know this, you are so bright that you are an inspiration to me! )

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  • GrannyMarch 31, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Hey Mr. Brad and all you Power Couples, take it easy....all this Thunder and Lightening is scareing my livestock!

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