For Your Consideration

editorial@sierrastarJanuary 21, 2014 

The Democratic Club of Oakhurst will host District 5 Assemblyman Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals) as the featured speaker Saturday, Feb. 1.

Bigelow was recently appointed as vice-chair of the powerful State Assembly Appropriations Committee in the recently convened 2014 legislative session.

Wait — A Republican headlining a Democratic meeting?

You bet — We call it Democracy.

As a member of the club's executive committee, I herein invite you to join us Feb. 1 at Denny's on Highway 41 in Oakhurst with breakfast at 9 a.m. and our meeting commencing at 9:30 a.m.

Assemblyman Bigelow will present a brief overview of various items and topics of particular local and regional interest and, most importantly, will be available for an extended question and answer session with those in attendance following his opening comments.

With a family tradition that dates back to the late 1800s, Frank's great-grandparents established an extensive ranch that served the high country of the Sierra Nevada and thus he enjoys extraordinarily deep roots in the community. Frank has a big hat and the cattle to back it up. He resides in O'Neals with his wife of 36 years, Barbara, remaining active in the operation of his family's enterprise, Bigelow Farms, and continuing to serve as a volunteer with the local fire department.

It will be particularly interesting to hear Assemblyman Bigelow's thoughts on the current California drought, which he had urged Governor Jerry Brown to officially declare in a letter to the Governor the week of Jan.13.

On March 1, it will be Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler getting together with Democratic Club constituents for an updated personal assessment of important area issues and to respond to any and all concerns expressed, even as he regularly does during his periodic Town Hall Meetings at the Oakhurst Community Center, one of which is being held this evening (Thursday) at 6 p.m. Mr. Wheeler adds further distinction to Eastern Madera County with his selection as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in 2014.

Along with Supervisor Wheeler in March, local attorney David Linn will be present to address membership on his campaign to replace Michael Keitz as Madera County District Attorney in November's election.

Mr. Keitz had been scheduled to appear at our Dec. 7 gathering at his request, but this meeting was cancelled due to that wild winter weather which came and went faster than a knife fight in a phone booth, but briefly closed down the town.

Attention to this particular non-partisan race is becoming more focused with the arrival of 2014 and significant growing interest has been expressed on the part of our Democratic Club membership and other area residents.

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