I have been able to attend several of candidate nights in both Chowchilla and Oakhurst to watch a good debate involving the candidates for the Madera County Sheriff's Department and the district attorney's office.
Both Ms. Neal and Mr. Linn continue to say that they would each have their own case load, but as a manager that is difficult to accomplish. I manage 40 people at my place of business that alone is a full-time job. I think it's a noble idea, but neither feasible nor cost effective.
Some things didn't add up while listening to Mr. Linn's answers. Linn says that he has experience in the court room defense experience, not prosecution experience. He also stated that he likes the courtroom since it's his stage and he's the actor. I for one don't want an actor for our DA, I want someone who's tough on criminals. Let the actors perform in Hollywood.
Linn said that he managed people while serving in the Navy and his own office staff. Do you really think that managing people in the military is the same as supervising in the public sector? Ms. Neal's managing experience comes from the classroom, what real practical management skills does she have?
In a Madera Tribune article "Snapshots of Madera's Yesteryears" dated Oct. 29, 2013, Linn described himself as a "social liberal." The original article dated Oct. 28, 1988 was when Linn ran for Congress against Richard Lehman. We don't need a liberal, social or otherwise to be the Madera County DA.
In my opinion Madera County needs a strong DA who will put criminals in prison. I want someone who will put the safety of Madera County first. Michael Keitz is the man that Madera County needs for DA.
Jim Cavallero, Madera