Doug Crosse is running for Simi Valley City Council this election (2012) and something about his campaign so far suggests that it will make things interesting. He’s well known in the community, having served on the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce Board, been an active Rotarian and served on City committees, among other accomplishments. And on the front page of his website, he comes out swinging:
I’m also running specifically to defeat an incumbent whose actions and conduct over the recent past have repeatedly been a detriment to our city. He took the safe, pusillanimous path when running for mayor mid term, keeping his council seat safe. I challenge him that if electing him mayor in 2010 was so critically important, then run now when you actually must take a risk of being un-elected.
So far, he has both a cheering session and his detractors. This morning in the Simi Valley Acorn, a supporter wrote the following:
I heartily endorse Doug Crosse for the Simi Valley City Council. His honesty and straightforwardness are hallmarks of a good lawmaker.
He proved his abilities repeatedly in the past, including serving the community on the Simi Valley school board.
I have known Doug for many years and am pleased about his candidacy. Join with me in electing the best for the City Council.
Also published in the Acorn this morning was a letter from someone who doesn’t care for Crosse’s approach:
His website’s first page is a personal attack against an upstanding incumbent of the current council. I’m disappointed Mr. Crosse stooped to the dirty antics of politics. Crosse has stated misinformation as a means of drawing votes away from the incumbent, who is a well-respected council member. What real facts can Crosse state against Councilman Sojka?
The full text can be read by clicking here.
For those with questions about Doug Crosse’s campaign, browse his website and contact him. He will respond. I have yet to follow through on his offer to discuss the issues, but I will and appreciate the offer.