Candidates, Get Online!

As the countdown begins to election day, Candidates need to evaluate their campaign arsenals and make adjustments as determined. As a technology geek and lover of all things internet, my best advice is to get yourself on the web!

Simi Valley Candidates: Have you put your campaign on the web yet?

If you’re a candidate running for a local position and you don’t quite have your web presence up to snuff, you need to chat with me. And while this may sound like an infomercial or pitch, it really isn’t. I like this stuff and I want to help you! If I can play a part in making Simi Valley the city with the most hip, most high-tech campaigns in the County, then I’ll be a happy guy.

So it’s up to you, Candidates. Post your questions or remarks here and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.

6 thoughts on “Candidates, Get Online!

  1. Mike, I think this is a great opportunity for the candidates in this election. A web presence is a great way to be accessible by the voting public, and for candidates to share their platforms and beliefs. As a candidate for SVUSD School Board, I believe the public needs to be aware of what is happening in this race and on the school board. There are 4 candidates running for 2 seats. I would like to see more attention brought to this important area of our community, because without educated children, we have no future.
    The candidates include: Jeanne Davis, a teacher and the incumbent; Casey Penn, a student from Moorpark College; Arleigh Kidd, Regional Director of the Teacher’s Union; and Josie Hirsch, an independent consultant, with professional emphasis on cost savings and cost avoidance programs, budget development and adherence and a parent of 2 young children.


  2. Mike, for the record I am not the “Regional Director of the Teacher’s Union.” I am not a member of the Teacher’s Union. I am the Region 3 Consultant and Teacher Representative for Region 3, I’m not part of governance and I am not management, I’m a staff person. I have an office in Oxnard and I work a large area of Southern California consulting with and representing teachers in a variety of topics. I have had only indirect contact with teachers in Simi Valley over the past 5 years. I have not met Ms. Hirsch and I wish she had spoken to me before presenting a wrong fact. (Jeanne Davis is a retired Principal and she was a teacher, I believe Casey Penn attends Cal State Channel Islands.) I am a parent in Simi Valley, my daughter is at Royal High and my son is at Moorpark College after graduating Royal High. I am 43 year resident of Simi Valley (My parents moved here in 1967) and a former Simi Valley teacher. I was also in the Marine Corp Active Reserve from 1984-1990. My wife Felicia was born and raised in Simi Valley and a Royal High Graduate, she is now a Registered Nurse who has worked with Cancer patients for the past 24 years. In 2005 I was awarded an Honorary Service Award by the Simi Valley PTA for my work on behalf of Simi Valley Schools. I am also proud to say that I have been endorsed by Simi Valley Teachers, School Board Members Rob Collins, Debbie Sandland, Janice DiFatta and Jeanne Davis, as well as former Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Charles Weis. I look forward to meeting Simi Valley voters during the upcoming campaign in order to talk about how we can work to improve our schools. Sincerely, Arleigh Kidd


  3. Quick fact check:

    1. Arleigh Kidd doesn’t work for the union representing Simi Valley teachers.

    2. Casey Penn is a CSUCI student, not a Moorpark student.

    3. Jeanne Davis retired from SVUSD after many years of service as an administrator and teacher.


  4. I know this may be hard to believe, but the Ventura County Democratic Party made a mistake. I am not the CTA Regional Director. I am the Region 3 Consultant and Teacher Rep. Just goes to show you can’t believe everything you read.


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