There’s a tough race shaping up for the 4th District seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors.
Incumbent John Vasquez faces stiff competition in a district whose boundaries shifted after the 2010 census to include Dixon – formerly a 5th District community. Yet only one of his three challengers is from Dixon: City Councilman Thom Bogue. The other challengers, Gerald Clift and Eugene Ray, are from Vasquez’s hometown of Vacaville.
Each candidate brings a strong sense of community to his respective campaign. Vasquez brings this sense of community to the table, along with a wealth of applicable experience.
Vasquez notes as accomplishments in the past four years specific efforts to create jobs, but also notes work that helps area residents:
His opponents contest the value of the Solano360 plan at a time when the county continues to show a structural deficit in its general fund. We recognize that to do nothing with such a valuable asset is wasteful, so we tend to support preliminary work that could ultimately see the fairgrounds put to a higher use. Such a transformation would pay dividends for the entire county.
Vasquez said if re-elected, he will focus his attention on Dixon to both locate more county services there and to help establish an industrial area there to support existing agriculture-based operations and to boost the ag processing sector.
Given the realities of life in post-Great Recession Solano County, we believe that members of the Board of Supervisors make too much money: Their base pay is too high; they continue to accept longevity pay, which should end for elected board members; and base pay should not be linked to that of the state’s superior court judges.
Our concerns with Vasquez, then, center mainly on compensation, not performance.
This four-way contest will likely not be decided in June. That said, we recommend that 4th District residents vote to return John Vasquez to the Board of Supervisors.