As past executive director of Mountain Community Resources, I’ve observed the strong leadership and consensus-building skills of former board President Eric Hammer.
His leadership in expanding services to youth and into Scotts Valley, experience on the Boulder Creek Parks and Recreation Board, and as a local businessman are why he has my vote.
Eric and I grew up in SLV with political parents. I am now a legislative analyst. We know via experience that SLV, Scotts Valley and the district face serious challenges — such as balancing economic development with conservation; ensuring adequate funding for education and social programs to assist families on the edge; and, dealing with issues such drug use among youth (especially methamphetamine); among other basic problems, including road infrastructure.
Our rural area has no local government like cities and municipalities. As a political analyst, it is clear that we have a disadvantage, even to Scotts Valley, and must elect a strong local voice who knows the whole district, not someone who suddenly shows up at election time.
It’s not enough to have experience — it’s the kind of experience that matters.
Tove Beatty, Felton