VACAVILLE — Four people are competing to serve a redrawn 4th District that still includes much of Vacaville, but now also Dixon.
Whoever is elected will help guide county government at a time when the budget is recovering from the Great Recession. Agricultural interests also loom large in the 4th District, with major crops ranging from tomatoes to walnuts to nursery stock.
Thom Bogue said the biggest issue facing Solano County remains its budget.
“That’s kind of a catch phrase, though, because it’s always the budget,” he said. “That’s one of the issues I was able to address with Dixon when I was elected there.”
Solano County since the Great Recession has regularly faced projected structural budget deficits to its general fund, meaning revenues are expected to be lower than expenses. In many years, the deficit got closed by year’s end. The county is estimating the structural deficit for this present fiscal year will be $2.9 million, which it could cover with savings.
Bogue criticized the Board of Supervisors for doing such things as increasing the real estate recording fee from $3 to $10 to fund real estate fraud prevention efforts.
“When is our government going to realize that when you don’t have money for a program or some other type of development, you need to sit back and say, ‘We need to restructure the way we do things for what we want to accomplish’ and quit the tax-and-spend,” he said.
He described himself as a fiscal conservative.
Bogue as a youth was taken to Jonestown, Guyana, a settlement set up by Peoples Temple leader Jim Jones. He describes a life of being a virtual prisoner until a rescue effort by Rep. Leo Ryan and his aide Jackie Speier. Bogue’s escape included being shot in the leg. More than 900 people died at the settlement shortly thereafter from ingesting poison.
Subsequent years included a brush with drug abuse, marriage, a move to Dixon in 1995, the opening of his auto repair shop in 2006. He gives a blemishes-included biography on his website, saying he believes the public should have a full report on those running for office.
An elected official once talked to him about that official having reached office by slipping in through the back door.
“I replied, ‘I came through the front door, it’s people with a lot of money who buy their way through the back door. I had to earn people’s trust and support,’ ” Bogue said.
“What I enjoy most is when I can make a difference in someone’s life. By becoming a county supervisor, it will enable me to devote more time to address issues the people and the county are facing,” Bogue said.
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