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Editorial: Our election recommendations

Original post made on May 12, 2022

The Palo Alto Weekly editorial board offers its recommendations in the races for Congressional District 16 and Santa Clara County sheriff, district attorney and assessor, plus Measure A.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 12, 2022, 9:42 AM

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Posted by Palo Alto Mom
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 12, 2022 at 11:11 am

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Thank you to the Weekly for your endorsement of Ajwang Rading! He is a breath of fresh air that brings much-needed energy, new ideas, and a deep commitment and sense of urgency to issues of our climate crisis, affordable housing, healthcare reform, and social justice. His life/work experiences are invaluable and he has proven in this campaign that he connects with and motivates people of all ages and backgrounds. He has quite a following of first-time voting high school students in the district who have been door knocking and spreading the word about his candidacy at farmers markets. Anna has sat very comfortably in her seat for almost 3 decades now which is just too long for anyone, no matter how popular. I wholeheartedly agree with the Weekly, that it's time for her to "be creating opportunities and encouraging new candidates to follow in their footsteps and allow a new generation of leaders to represent us." And may I add, especially now that such an outstanding candidate like Ajwang is in the field!! #timeforchange


Posted by J Smith
a resident of Mountain View
on May 12, 2022 at 12:17 pm

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As a longtime Anna voter, I agree with this article. Her years of dedicated service have been a cornerstone to our community but it is time to share the wealth of knowledge and experience to tackle new issues.

When I first heard of Ajwang discussing the most important issues during the League of Woman Voters discussion I was deeply impressed and inspired. He gives me hope for the future of our country! I am looking forward to seeing more from him!


Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2022 at 12:19 pm

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Experience matters...a LOT in Washington. I met Mr. Rading, a smart, warm young man with healthy values and deep life experience that informs a compassionate nature. He graduated from law school a couple of years ago and lacks political experience. Mr. Rading, please start at a city, county or state level. Learn the ropes. Learn how to build coalitions. Build relationships. Learn the process. Without these skills, they will eat you alive in Washington. I see in you a man I could vote for once you have more experience.

Mr. Kumar, the tone of the campaign materials I have received from you has been hostile, disrespectful and dismissive of U.S. Rep Eshoo's long and distinguished service. Your claims are ripe with hyperbole. That is not what I expect from a congressional representative. Your campaign conduct should be representative of how you plan to conduct yourself in Washington. You also lack the kind of government leadership experience that matters in Washington. I am also curious about which analytics software company you serve as an executive. We need better regulation of big tech, and I would like to know who you serve in this arena. Your professional affiliation seems to have been wiped from your internet presence.

Rep. Eshoo, thank you for your service. I probably will vote for you again this one last time because I appreciate your experience and contributions. Please use this term to cultivate talented young people to replace you. It is time for that.


Posted by HopefulThinker
a resident of University South
on May 12, 2022 at 12:31 pm

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My wife and I have supported Anna Eshoo for decades. We are very fond of her. However, about two months ago, we were out for a walk with our dog together, and we notice Ajwang canvassing door to door. We slowed to watch what Ajwang was doing at one particular door and to see if the person was receptive. After what felt like a 5-minute conversation that we could barely make out, Ajwang turns back toward the sidewalk and immediately approaches us, 'Hello, my name is Ajwang, and I'm running for Congress, what issues do you care most about?' At first, I was embarrassed that we were caught staring but I felt nothing but Clinton-esque empathy from this young man.

It's an understatement to say we were floored by his overall presentation and intellect. I tried to throw a curveball policy question but of course, Ajwang answered in extraordinary detail. When I asked him if he were a lefty or centrist, he gave the perfect response: "a pragmatist."

As we walked home, my wife, who I would consider a lifelong Eshoo acolyte, said something I never thought I would hear: "I love Anna but I think I'm going to vote for Ajwang."

As a Palo Alto native, Ajwang represents something we haven't felt in a very long time... hope.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 12, 2022 at 1:13 pm

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A person does not run for Congress that has never been in an election before or participated in city, state, or local processes. That is an overreach. A person has to get out there and prove themselves before they choose to run for a federal office. How nice he is, or has good talking points is fine. But not my choice for a federal office in DC. That is like stacking the deck with unknowns. Seems to be a problem in this year.

The former mayor of Menlo Park has a proven track record of moving his city along to accomplish the established goals of this state.


Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2022 at 1:20 pm

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I'm thrilled that PA Online endorses Mr. Rading. He is a formidable young man with great, compassion, energy, experience and intellect. His unique perspective on public policy will really help this district. BTW, he has stronger experience than most in federal politics, having worked as a legislative aide to Sen. Booker. He knows the ins and outs of debating, amending, and passing legislation perhaps better than anybody in this race.

Though Anna has been a faithful servant of our district, I have questions about her connections to Big Pharma and why drug prices here are so darn high. I think there is a correlation between the two. Also, her lack of urgency when it comes to climate changes and other pressing issues is a little unsettling. 30+ years is too much and undemocratic. It's due time for a change.


Posted by HopefulThinker
a resident of University South
on May 12, 2022 at 3:18 pm

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Do you know what office Bill Clinton first ran for? At the age of 27, he ran for the House of Representatives in Arkansas. Even though he was unsuccessful, you what Bill Clinton then ran for? Arkansas' Attorney General! And he won! While I think most agree that its nice to have experience, to your statement:

"A person does not run for Congress that has never been in an election before or participated in city, state, or local processes. That is an overreach."

We should ask a former President what he thinks. I see Ajwang in that light, with similar expertise and impact at a similar age. He will likely accomplish big things for this District with his new thinking!


Posted by Jennifer
a resident of another community
on May 12, 2022 at 5:51 pm

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I feel bad for the residents of SCC if "soft on crime" Rosen wins again. Crime rates rise with soft on crime prosecution. If you've ever wondered if that's part of the reason crime in Palo Alto has gotten worse, the answer is yes. Criminal justice reforms are creating a revolving door for repeat offenders. Most people are more concerned about the victims, and we refuse to coddle criminals.


Posted by SRB
a resident of Mountain View
on May 12, 2022 at 7:08 pm

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100% agree with recommendation on the Water District's Measure A: a very easy NO.

And shame on our local rep -Gary Kremen- for putting that deceiving and self serving measure on the ballot .... -wasting over $3M in the process-.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 12, 2022 at 7:33 pm

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What we all have seen is what people say during an election is not necessarily what you get when they are in office. What in part is required is the vetting of the individuals. As noted above some claims by individuals as to experience cannot be proved by any actual documentation as to facts.

Note that Cory Booker - aka Spartacus - represents his senate area of New Jersey. He has been relatively quiet of late. Our Congressional District is very different and has a lot of complexities regarding Hi-Tech issues which are not relative to other state issues. We need congressional representation which directly affects what we are doing here in CA. This congressional district is about us and our issues. We need people who totally understand what this congressional district is dealing with and problems we are trying to solve.


Posted by KarlWolff
a resident of Portola Valley
on May 13, 2022 at 8:45 am

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Another Dem lawyer (that worked for Booker) is the last thing we need...


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 13, 2022 at 7:23 pm

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the person they are recommending - Mr. Rading is 30 years old. Given the history that was presented in the Voter's book by Mr. Rading I do not see any relevance to the very complicated Silicon Valley complications which are swirling in the news these days. This specific congressional district has problems which are unique to the state of CA and this congressional area. We need people who are grounded in the business and legal environment we live in - and are well known to us to solve the problems we are encountering here. We are here to protect our direct environment - not solve other state goals and aspirations.


Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 14, 2022 at 12:25 pm

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Here is a recommendation for the City of Palo Alto. Have the Mayor position be voted on by the residents of the city.

We have a percentage of residents who want to capitalize on this cities name by feeding information out to the national press so we can say we - the city - thought the idea up. Always pushing to get notoriety. And most of the residents do not agree with these ideas and do not appreciate the grandstanding for political advancement.

Have the Mayor candidates state what their goals are which are measurable. We need to know up front what the goals are and what they plan on achieving. And if they start sliding sideways down a different path then they are out the door.

WE have too many different ideas of what the city is responsible for - some want a sociology class project here to show how woke they are. That is not running a city.
Time to have the residents decide who the mayor is from the candidates that want to run.


Posted by rsmithjr
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
9 minutes ago

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I am 77 years old and still believe that experience means something. The House is enriched by having Anna Eshoo in it.


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