NOTE: Patch blogs are opinion pieces by local writers. Click here to blog on Patch.
On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, there a choices to be made in the general elections. Each of us has the opportunity and responsibility to speak to the governments about what we think and how we want to be governed. That said, I wanted to take a minute to speak about the local elections in Dixon, CA.
As many are aware, there are two city council seats that need to be filled. There are several candidates for these two positions. We have all seen the signs on the lawns, received the mailers, and the "vote for me" flyers hanging on our doorknobs when we return home each day. I question the value of such items because they do nothing more than put the candidates name in front of me. They serve no practical purpose beyond that. They do not tell me about the candidate and what he or she stands for; they only tell me that they have a budget for the expenditure and well, they are going to use it.
Not sure if it works for you, but it doesn't for me. I prefer to know my candidates. I want to hear what they have to say and I want to know what they have done in the past to deserve my vote. Have they served before? Have they volunteered in the community? Have they worked and supported efforts in the past that have paid dividends to the community? These are the types of things I am looking for.
If you are passionate about your children and the youth programs available to them in Dixon, then you need to think about voting for Ted Hickman. If you revere and support the veterans in your community, then you need to think about voting for Ted Hickman. This man goes about business quietly and efficiently. He has been elected to the Dixon Town Council three times previously and has served as our town's Vice-Mayor for two years. The number of times this community has chosen him to represent its residents should speak volumes.
The next time you visit the Little League fields in Dixon, take a minute to thank Ted Hickman for ensuring that our children have a safe place to participate. Not only was he instrumental to the formation of the league, but served on the Board of Directors for many years as a volunteer, and did not have a child participating in the league. He did this for us, not him. The next time you visit the May Fair, know that Ted Hickman has spent countless hours working with the 4-H and FFA. Ted is committed to archery and firearm safety and has taught both at 4-H camps. He has rolled up his sleeves many times for youth programs in this town and always as a volunteer. Not once has Ted Hickman sought recognition for any of his efforts, yet he has received countless awards for his volunteerism in the community including the Dixon Citizen of the Year.
Ted Hickman has served four years as the Vice-Commander of the Dixon American Legion Post 208. This position puts him at the leading edge of the veteran efforts in our town. He has spent in excess of 45 years working with the active services on the Toys for Tots programs; helping thousands of children, families, and senior citizens in the process. This effort involves coordination with both the town fire and police departments. This tells me that Ted is an effective communicator that is more than capable of rallying the community when needed.
Ted Hickman's name is all over this town for his level of involvement in community projects that serve the residents of the Town of Dixon. He is a forward thinker dedicated to ensuring that this town is safe, active, fiscally responsible, and moving forward.
On Tuesday, I believe the choice is clear for Dixon City Council – Ted Hickman.