Keep the incumbent District 2 supervisor

To the Editor:

I would like to extend my support for incumbent District 2 Supervisor Randy Hanvelt in the upcoming election. I have known Randy for several years mainly with my involvement in the Tuolumne County Ag Community and involvement with youth programs and activities. Randy works tirelessly in both of these areas for the benefit of hardworking families and young people striving to achieve their goals of being able to receive their education and make a living in the place they call home.

Whether participating in a high-level meeting in Washington D.C. lobbying on our behalf or attending a small-town fundraiser to help local kids. Randy devotes 110 percent of his time and energy.

Recently I had an issue with someone tampering with my ditch water line and an alleged illegal encampment. Within a half hour after contacting Randy I was receiving assistance from TUD and the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office. Sure, it’s a minor incident affecting only me, but it proves the fact that Randy produces results to benefit his constituents right here at home.

To achieve those benefits requires his time, devotion and energy — something you can count on from Randy.

Terri Arington


Yes to Sylwester

To the Editor:

Laurie Sylwester is the one supervisorial candidate who is uniquely dedicated to the character of our county having lived here since 1961. With the issues facing Tuolumne County, we need a full-time supervisor who understands the many faces of our communities and can bring us together to solve our problems.

Laurie has been an active member of the Tuolumne Fire Protection District Board. She has taught at Columbia College for nearly 30 years. As a Tuolumne County supervisor from 1999 to 2003 she proved she will take the time to study an issue and find fair resolutions. She has interacted with all facets of our community and will be unbiased in making decisions for our County.

I encourage voters in District 3 to support Laurie Sylwester for our supervisor.

Don Hukari


Good Old Boy

To the Editor:

Oxford dictionary definition of a “Good Old Boy:” “A man who embodies some or all of the qualities considered characteristic of many white men of the southern U.S., including an unpretentious, convivial manner, conservative or intolerant attitudes, and a strong sense of fellowship with and loyalty to other members of his peer group.”

It can also imply that the “Good Old Boy” is beholden to groups who have a special interest.

Anaiah Kirk accused Merv Cancio of being a “Good Old Boy” at the Board of Supervisor candidate forum hosted by Clark Broadcasting on April 23. Before making an allegation against someone, a responsible person would be sure to have proof. His poor judgment and lack of maturation to behave like a leader is concerning.

I have known Merv Cancio for many years and he is not a “Good Old Boy.” Merv is paying for the majority of his campaign expenses with his own money. He is not beholden to any special interests. He will be a full-time supervisor and will work diligently to represent you.

Arlene Moyle


Bryant, Campbell, solid candidates

To the Editor:

Since I have been old enough to vote I have appreciated the opportunity to do so. I have always based my vote on the candidates experience, their “track record” on resolving issues I believe important and their communication response to my concerns.

I now believe that experience is not the most important criteria. There must be a desire to serve those who have placed their trust in you and most important follow through with concerns they might have.

I have had an opportunity to meet two candidates, Kurt Bryant and Ryan Campbell. Neither one has served in a public office. After spending time talking to Kurt I was extremely impressed with his energy, knowledge of local issues and desire to serve in a public office. I believe it his youth and sincere desire to contribute to his community and the people in Sonora that make him an excellent candidate for the Sonora City Council. Although I cannot vote for him for I do not live within the city limits I wish him a successful campaign.

When I met Ryan Campbell I was impressed with his observations on the current needs of the county as well as his desire to be a part of improving these concerns. A number of these were concerns I have had and hope to see them addressed. Friends who know him have assured me he is sincere and hardworking, an excellent candidate for supervisor. I wish him well in his desire to serve his county and constituents.

Lenore Shively


Cancio supported

To the Editor:

I have known Merv Cancio since our college days and through the years I have known him to be a man of principles. When he decided to run for supervisor of District 3 he was kind enough to sit down with me and discuss his platform. He is in support of education and all students. His compassion to help others in need is exemplary.

Dealing with water rights and making sure that Tuolumne County has the water needed for growth and fire suppression is important to him. Merv will work tirelessly to ensure our roads are repaired and maintained, while securing stability for the youth to have jobs where families can stay and plant roots in Tuolumne County.

Merv Cancio is a man of character. He will not be led astray of a task that he supports by individual interests or by corporations looking to exploit our district. The big picture, the biggest impact for the good of his constituents, and the quality of the program will be his focus. Merv’s focus is to help make District 3 a better place to live, grow, and raise a family. Please check out his website at

Mitch Heldstab