To the Editor:
I have completed twelve Voter’s Pamphlet statements in the past two decades running for County Commissioner here in Lincoln County. I’ve always been very careful that everything I said was “the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” For you see at the very bottom of the form, provided by the Secretary of State, where you sign your name it says, “By signing this form I hereby certify that all information supplied by me about my occupation, occupational and educational background and prior government experience is true to the best of my knowledge.” It goes on to say, “Any person who supplies any information in this part, knowing it to be false, is subject upon conviction to imprisonment in the penitentiary for up to five years or a fine of $100,000, or both.” Serious stuff.
I’m an honest person, and although stretching the truth might sway some voters, I have always been very careful what I’ve said in this document, and I think most candidates are as well. Not so with one of the current candidates for County Commissioner.
If Ken Lundie’s statement was put through the Politifact “truth-o-meter” you see in some newspapers, the score would come back “pants on fire.” In this recent California transplant’s first Voters Pamphlet sentence, he says he was a former County Commissioner, (capital c’s) the very job he is running for. Later he says, “Twelve years of serving as a County Commissioner have uniquely equipped this candidate…” Those are both very false statements. He is trying to deceive voters that he has been a County Commissioner and the fact is, he hasn’t. He served on the San Mateo County Harbor District Board, much like our port district commission. Their website is quick to point out that they are an autonomous special district not affiliated with the county. Not long ago one of the candidates for Congress said he was a Vietnam Vet, and while he served in the military at a time the war was going on, he never set foot in the country. He got in big trouble, and maybe Lundie should too.
The good news is that Lundie is running against someone who has the highest integrity and honesty of anyone I know, Bill Hall. I urge citizens to re-elect my friend and current colleague Bill Hall and not his opponent who clutters right-of-ways illegally with his lawn signs.