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For Your Consideration

Peter CavanaughMay 3, 2012 

"Take me out to The Kettle --

Bring me there about 9.

Buy me some breakfast -- then sit right back.

Les will be there just to get us on track.

Then on Sunday, Marc Boyd will visit.

We'll all be right there in the Park.

For it's one - two - both things are true.

First it's Les -- and then -- our Marc"

As my friend J.R. Froelich and I were discussing recently, one of the nicest things about Oakhurst is we all seem to get along quite well in personal interactions, while maintaining the right, if not responsibility, to hold vastly varying opinions on important issues of the day elsewhere, particularly those of national interest. Bill Atwood and I have even fantasized doing a radio talk show together, Bill playing Rush Limbaugh/Glenn Beck/Sean Hannity to my Ed Schultz/Rachel Maddow/Lawrence O' Donnell. That would be a hoot and a half.

Bill was sharing his recent Tea Party activities in last week's Star, stressing the right to protest, and suggesting civility as a more appropriate response to drive-by demonstrations of digital disdain. I couldn't have agreed more and, in fact, Bill's extended commentary offering conservative perspective prompts me, as a card-carrying member of the Oakhurst Democratic Club, to enthusiastically extend an invitation to all, especially Tea Partiers and, for that matter, Republicans of all ages. We've planned an exciting two for one weekend just for you!

On Saturday, Les Marsden joins us at the Ol' Kettle for our May meeting at 9 a.m. Les is not only founder and conductor of the Mariposa Symphony Orchestra, but also chair of the Mariposa County Democratic Central Committee and trustee of the Central California Democratic Council. Setting these and even more impressive credentials aside, the fact is that Marsden is one of the finest public speakers you will ever hear anywhere in the known universe. The reason that's important is that Les has agreed to tackle what sounds like a hideously boring subject, i.e., "The Impact of Top Two Primary Voting."



But Les will wake us up to the extraordinary importance of this new twist in California voting law and, transitioning to an immediate application, Marc Boyd is hoping you'll ask him a few questions in person the very next day.

Marc is running for office in the newly-defined Assembly District 5. The Oakhurst Democratic Club would like to introduce him to you with a "Meet and Greet" Sunday at the Oakhurst Community Park Pavilion from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. We'll have music, family fun, food, coffee, soda, prizes, coffee and Marc -- all absolutely free of charge on a beautiful, sunny, early spring day -- out in the fresh mountain air.

Marc is the only officially endorsed Democratic Party Candidate for our 5th Assembly District. He is our David, going up against not one, but two mighty Goliaths. Marc might be crazy. But consider the math.

There's no need to wonder where big money is going. According to the Fresno Bee, Republican candidates for the 5th District have raised or borrowed a combined war chest of $643,000 and climbing -- against Marc's $6,000 and hoping. That means Marc will be outspent by better than 100 to 1. That's not a typo. That's 100 to one.

And Republican registration in District 5 outweighs Democratic enrollment 43% to 32%.

Yet, with "Top Two Primary Voting" now in place and assuming a similar split among Independents, June 5th voting just might witness a Marc Boyd winning 42% of total ballots cast, with Madera County Supervisor Frank Bigelow and Calaveras County businessman Rico Oller more or less tied at a rounded-off 29%. This would mean Marc will stay in the race against either Bigelow or Oller.

This will position Marc Boyd as a sharp alternative in November against either worthy opponent.

Kindly note that "vote by mail" ballots for the primary will be sent next week, May 8, and the last day to register for the election is May 21.

I just got off the phone with Marc, having told him of this column and asking if "David" had any last words for Star readers who might wonder how on earth he expects to go up against entrenched political power and win.

His exact words for Goliaths on the immediate horizon? "Don't underestimate me when my heart and soul are in the fight."

He'll show us why Sunday.

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