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Election night, what's the verdict?

Folks, I'm calling it a night. I have to be to work early in the morning.  Perhaps, when I wake up, we'll know the results; perhaps we won't.  I am disappointed at how well I fared with the absentee voters, but I feel good about my message and my campaign.

I'm truly humbled to be the choice of so many.  Those of you who wrote checks to my campaign or voted for me should be assured that I will continue to fight for what's right, win or lose.

I've recieved a number of phone calls tonight asking if I'll run again should I lose.  Frankly, that's a decision I'll make with my wife.  This campaign season has taken a lot of time from my family, but if Shelley continues to believe I should run, I'll run again.

At this point, all we know for sure is that Steve Bird has a lot of support.  I congratulate him.

We also know that Measure N is failing amongst abstentee voters--I hope the trend continues and I hope that some of my comments guided those voters.

Moving forward, regardless of who is elected to City Council, I think we should adopt a Sunshine Ordinance of our own.  I also believe we need to move forward with a study on whether or not it's financially feasible to create our own water district.

Finally, whether or not the State accepts our efforts at controlling salinity at our wastewater treatment facility, we need to upgrade the facility.  It was never designed for a city of 18,000 and it can't continue to operate with only four employees who are doing the best they can.

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C. Duncan November 07, 2012 at 11:11 AM
You lost to The Machine, Ian. You cannot fight that. Eventually you will learn and it will bite them in the a$$. For now, take it with a grain of salt and move forward.
Greg Coppes November 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Ian A few things first the County Register office has had a problem (excuse) the past 4 elections. You need to go back over 10 years to find an election that was reported in a timely manner. In the private sector the register would have been replaced after the second time. People as a whole do not pay attention to the debates. If they did you would have received a lot more votes. You impressed me, no easy task. Without name recognition it's takes over 3,000 dollars if your lucky to get your name out there in a presidential election. In the off year it's less expensive. The good news is your name is now out there a lot of us political junkies lol, noticed you and are talking about you. I even had a conversation with one of the Editors of the Reporter they to were impressed.
Ian Arnold November 12, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Thanks Greg & Cindy. I have some time, and I'll think about running again. I got into this race know owing I was the crossover vote. Unfortunately, Measure N became the issue and I lost whatever support I had on the right. That said, coming out strongly against Measure N was the right thing to do. I hope our newly-elected majority will grasp the bull by the horns and pass an acceptable open government resolution.
Ian Arnold July 14, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Interesting. It's been a while. I pledged to write an open government ordinance win or lose. After my loss, I talked to my opponents and to the sitting Councilmembers. As of today, nobody's taking me up on my offer. In all honesty, I believe Thom Bogue may be the guy to work with me. Measure N was badly written, but many of us support the underlying desire for open government. Measure N would have made Dixon ungovernable, but there are bits and pieces that would help to ensure Dixon was actually overly complying with the Act.


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