Candy Carlson for Supervisor

Candidate for Tehama County Supervisor District 2

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Carlson for Supervisor

332 Pine St. Ste J

Red Bluff, CA 96080

Mitchell Drury: Former candidate endorses Carlson

Red Bluff Daily News

UPDATED:   09/25/2014 08:47:35 AM


I am announcing my endorsement of Candy Carlson for Tehama County Supervisor of District Two.

​You may recall I was an opponent of Candy's in the primary election, but taking away from that experience, as well as what I have learned and observed in discussion with Candy; has brought me to the conclusion of supporting her.

In discussing issues with Candy, as well as observing her at candidates' events, I learned that she would bring traits to the position of county supervisor, similar to what I intended to bring.

Candy has a long and continuing experience in the private sector, which gives me confidence that she will keep the interest of local business in mind when voting on issues. Candy is also an Air Force Veteran, bringing representation and an extra voice for local veterans to the county board.

​In discussion with Candy, I have observed that she is not afraid to speak her mind, and question both popular and unpopular decisions. I believe she has the convictional dexterity to not side with majority, unless it is clearly in the best interest of the county and its residents.

​I have faith in Candy's abilities to consider all parties involved in issues, and to not make a decision until all sides have been given fair representation and all facts have been reviewed.

​While I admit that I had high hopes to be in her shoes today, I am proud and excited to offer my support to Candy for Tehama County Supervisor of District Two. I hope readers will consider doing the same. Thank you.

Mitchell Drury, Red Bluff

​Let’s make a difference on Nov. 4

Red Bluff Daily News – A4 Opinion

By: Joe Harrop
Saturday, October 4, 2014
​ Although the so called “big election” will not be until two years from now, and all the talking heads are pontificating about this potential Presidential candidate or the other, we need to remember there is an important election in Tehama County this very November. Absentee ballots are already on the way; we have some time to study issues and prepare for our vote.

In many ways we will have an opportunity to decide if we are happy with things as “normal” or if we need to shake things up a little to make a positive difference.

For example a review of the voting records of the Board of Supervisors reveals that more than 99 percent of their votes were unanimous; having served on and with several different kinds of boards over the last 40 plus years I find this highly unusual. A review of the appointed incumbent’s voting records indicates she has voted with the other supervisors essentially all the time.

The Board of Supervisors contains three former county employees; this may not be reflection on those three individuals, but it may indicate a perspective on issues not necessarily representative of the population as a whole.

The entire Board stepped aside from a careful study of the issues regarding the State of Jefferson and just placed it on the ballot without putting their political necks out to make a stand after a thorough review of the matter – not a demonstration of political courage or leadership.

An important question for us in Supervisor District 2 to consider is whether or not we want “business as usual.” While some of us complain about our subservient role in the state, many of us believe we can take better charge of our fate with careful planning, good analysis, and stewardship of public funds. I see this local election as an opportunity to change “business as usual.”

I had an opportunity to meet with Candy Carlson, a candidate for the District 2 position on the Board. I was impressed that she was a good listener, a careful thinker, and possessed the skills needed to be a contributing member of the Board. After talking with her, I firmly believe that she will bring a new perspective to the Board, ask serious questions, and study issues carefully before making decisions.

Like many local governmental entities, our County suffers from limited resources, and without the prospect of new jobs and new people in our area, limited resources will be the standard fare for at least the immediate future.

Carlson brings the skills of a financial manager to the job that will be helpful in sorting through the myriad of numbers, as well as the rules and regulations that impact the budget; she will help bring public focus to the county budget. She has had to meet payroll; she has had to evaluate staff; she has had to do long range planning. She will be a careful steward of our tax money, and she will work to help the Supervisors begin long range planning, rather that the piece meal reaction to events we have witnessed for so long.

​Carlson has a diverse background, from being an Athletic Director in the Air Force to volunteering with the Job Training Center to help more than 300 local people manage their financial distress. I am convinced she feels a calling toward public service and is not ego driven.

Carlson is not a polished presenter, and you can sympathize with her as she presents her ideas to the public and describes her qualifications. You can sense her conscientiousness, caring about being clear and straight forward rather than overly generalizing about things that are wrong. Like many capable people, I am sure Carlson feels awkward talking about herself in public, unlike some blowhards we hear now and then who substitute assertiveness for reason.

​I believe she will bring new life to the Board, asking important questions, analyzing issues, and working toward a better future for out county. She will add to the potential of the Board of Supervisors being a more active participant in shaping our future.

​- Joe Harrop is a retired educator with more than 30 years of service to the North State. He can be reached at

​Robert Minch: Chance to case a vote for change

Red Bluff Daily News

UPDATED: 10/10/2014 07:25:26 AM

J. Harrop devoted his last week's column to recommend that voters vote on November 4th, and that voting for Candy Carlson would not be a bad idea. I second the motion. She appears to have the smarts and an independent mind that might shake up the present stolid Board of Supervisors who, as you recall, passed on the chance to discard the idea of dividing the state in favor of the ballot box.

Dr. Joe discovered that the Board of Supervisors is unanimous in their voting 99 percent of the time, and that the present board contains three former county employees. Is this bad? Well, it does suggest that double dippers get entrenched in their jobs. They apparently never tire of listening to complaints and then voting as an entitled group without a moment's discontent. This November would be a good time for a confidence or non confidence vote from the security of your voting booth or via the mail-in method.

I suspect the fire has gone out of these long tenured county employees. The present board members undoubtedly have the best of intentions, but the road to hell is paved with just that.

Robert Minch is a lifelong resident of Red Bluff, former columnist for the Corning Daily Observer and Meat Industry magazine and author of the "The Knocking Pen." He can be reached at

November 4 Election: Candidates speak, persuade at forum

Red Bluff Daily News

Updated: October 8, 2014

Editors Note: …Transcript from Monday’s candidate’s night hosted by the Red Bluff-Tehama

County Chamber of Commerce. Today’s portion includes answers given by Tehama County Board of Supervisor 2 candidates…[Opponent comments not listed] Introduction: Candy Carlson - I’d like to thank the chamber for sponsoring this event, the Veterans Memorial Hall for hosting it, and Greg Stevens for keeping us on-track.  I stand before you as an applicant for the non-partisan position for District 2 Supervisor, a time consuming, complex but critical and rewarding position. As a former HR manager of a large company, and having degrees in business and psychology, I at times, think I am a little bit crazy for going through a 7-8 month job application process. So why would I do this? 

I’m a first time candidate for public office, and I am confident that I can make a difference.  I have endured and appreciated the process. I am proud of the strong support I have from across the political spectrum. I’m especially thankful for the endorsement from Mitch Drury, my opponent in the primary.  Together, in June we received a majority of the votes and now working together, and with your help anticipate winning next month.

​Now, how do you summarize more than 35 years of relevant experience in 35 seconds?

I am a home owner in the Red Bank area, have two grown children and three grandchildren, am active in my church, am an Air Force veteran, was a recreation manager, have managed a shooting range, have served as a union representative, am a small business owner specializing in mortgages, have helped many small businesses get started, was a 4H Member, served 22 years as a Red Cross as a volunteer and board member, am chair of Tehama together, helped found the Tehama County Veterans Collaborative, co-founded Home Again-K9s for Veterans, have assisted dozens of families work through housing distress.

As you can see, community service has been important to me throughout my life. I have the passion and dedication to hit the ground running as District 2 Supervisor. I will appreciate your support.  I hope to be elected in November and I look forward to your questions tonight.

What would you do to bring jobs to Red Bluff?

I would like to have an incubator program that could help start small businesses because small businesses are the bread and butter of our nation. If we can help people create their own jobs through an organization where people who are retired or people who own a business can help them start a new business. We have already started this process. My son in law David Charlson works with Hope Incubator (Hope Inc.) and they meet every other Tuesday at the Tremont at 730 in the morning. The program is meant to help bring hope to the area so that people can feel like they can be successful with help from other businesses because no one ever makes it on their own….I believe is that we need to encourage large businesses to come here. We need to work together to do that. It needs to be collaborative. I think the chamber needs to be involved in it and the branding project, and any developmental programs. I think we have a really good start in our AB 109 program, where we have won awards and people are looking at us for best practices and why not for getting jobs here.

What are the three biggest problems facing your constituency and what are your qualifications for dealing with them?

I think the three biggest problems are that there is 99.4 unanimous vote on the board and if you remove the consent calendars since [my opponent] has been on the board, about 16 months, 579-plus votes, you still have close to 700 votes and they're still 99.4 percent unanimous. If you have five people who are voting the same then you only need one person. The second thing is I believe people need to be treated with respect in the community at all times, they also need to be listened to, and they need to have their questions answered. If you have to do your research or whatever it is you need to do, I think that's what you need to do and get back with the person. We are servants of the people and in these types of positions and that is one of the most important things I think we have to do.

What in your background prepares you to deal with the Tehama County's budget?

I have a degree in business so that's a pretty good start.  I have owned my own business for quite a while and I have worked for large companies and trained managers how to put together budgets, scrutinized, and analyze them. Numbers come easy to me so I have no problem working with a budget.

What is your position on the function and effect of development impact fees in what to deem an appropriate level, if any?

Developmental impact fees have to do with large companies like Walmart in are used for roads in other infrastructures. In order to be able to accommodate the new business, I think it is important that some of that is done. I just think it's also important to have a balance so the fees don't discourage people from coming here and opening businesses in this community. I think jobs that pay a good living wage are really important; minimum wage doesn't cut it. I have done the math on it. If someone works a 40 hour week and earns $9 an hour it will bring home about $1500 a month. I don't how many of you could live off that, but that would be a very minimal amount of money to live on. When your rent is $850 a month or more and you start talking about buying kids clothes and shoes and then you have to be able to buy food and everything else, the [income] is just not enough. I think impact fees are necessary and need to be considered when a large business is coming into the area. There has to be balance between the cost of impact fee and the benefit of the business coming here.

​Closing Remarks:

I commended you for giving up Monday night football and coming here to become more informed voters. Recognizing the tremendous impact that the late George Russell had in representing district 2 as a dedicated, soft spoken, analytical and compassionate representative of the people, I would consider it an honor and privilege to serve the final two years of his term.  I feel blessed to have the encouragement of many of Supervisor Russell’s supporters.  The November ballot gives you the opportunity to elect his replacement.

I respect my opponent, and I’m proud that we have run a positive issue oriented campaign. I’m certain, however, that the public will be best served by having greater diversity rather than having a majority of the board consist of retired county employees. Having an independent voice will also better represent the people, as for me it is hard to comprehend why over 99% of votes are unanimous. The numbers do not lie.

​Much of my campaign has been spent listening and learning – for me, these are pre-requisites for sound, independent decision making. As supervisor, I would make it a priority to better communicate with the public. I found it unresponsive and disrespectful the way the board has at times dealt with the homecare workers, the residents of Westgate and to one who was told she could move out of the county, if she didn’t like an ordinance she was commenting on.

​To better communicate with the public I’m announcing that after my election I will formalize a citizens advisory committee with inclusive and diverse representation.  Tonight I am pleased to name a few of the individuals who have agreed to be on the committee: Ken Robison, Dennis Albright, Bill Dixon, Jessie Woods, Gale Locke, Mitchell Drury, and Orle Jackson.

In closing, this campaign has been a humbling experience. By nature, I am a better listener than speaker. I am uncomfortable asking for money or help, talking about myself or receiving compliments. These traits are nontraditional for a candidate, but hopefully will result in a successful election.

I’d like to invite you and your friends and family to join me tomorrow at the Gold Exchange, 5:30 to 7 pm for a Meet & Greet. For more information go to

​Thank you for consideration and attention. I will be honored to have your vote on November 4th.