I would urge voters in Contra Costa County to vote for Oakley Councilman Jim Frazier in the Assembly District 11 race.
Mr. Frazier, who is a Democrat, is the only Contra Costa County candidate in the race, which makes it vital our representation in Sacramento be local. He is vested in East County, whereas the five other candidates are from Solano County and do not fully comprehend our needs and concerns.
As a Republican, I am breaking from my party line because Mr. Frazier received my support based on his merits. His local accomplishments in East County starts with his time on the City Council, where he helped balance our city budget while ensuring a 30-percent reserve for emergencies.
He worked with local hospitals to help bring a doctor to Oakley with the opening of La Clinca this past December. He helped bring the first all-abilities playground to Oakley for special-needs children. He has also become a transportation leader in East County – successfully fighting for over $166 million in funds to improve Highway 4 and the Bypass.
When it comes to the Delta, he is the only candidate who has actually fought for the Delta and invested time to protect our water interests – most recently, he was appointed to the Delta Protection Commission.
Finally, his work in the nonprofit area cannot be matched by any of the other candidates. He and his wife, Janet, created the Network of Care after his daughter’s death 12 years ago. The foundation provides food bags to parents of children who are in the hospital so they do not have to leave their child’s bedside – recently they just hit 100,000 families fed.
Mr. Frazier also created the Friends of Oakley, which provided Christmas baskets (dinner and toys) to nearly 300 Oakley families this past year. They have also raised money in the past to provide Oakley teachers with gift cards to buy school supplies.
In a primary that will favor his Republican and Independent opponent, it’s vital Contra Costa County voters send in their absentee ballots and show up to the polls supporting Jim Frazier. I urge voters to put party politics aside and understand that the best representation in Sacramento for AD-11 is when we have someone local fighting for us.
I am proud to be supporting Jim Frazier for Assembly District 11 and would urge other voters to also get behind Mr. Frazier.
Michael W. Burkholder