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This statement was submitted by Susy Barsotti, candidate for Mendocino County District 3 supervisor.
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By Susy Barsotti:
Third district voters are fortunate to have many credible choices when electing a new supervisor. My qualifications and knowledge are unique among the pack.From my 43 years experience in a community of consensus I know well the value in compromise and collaboration, and how to stand for the common good. For 30 years I’ve been co-producing successful 3-day festivals which taught me what it takes to build a working community from the ground up and that I perform well under pressure. Countless years experience working with different groups of people has shown me the importance of listening closely for the potential wisdom embodied in each individual.With our kids grown and myself semi-retired, I have time to devote to a Really Big Project. I have a great passion for Mendocino County, and envision a sustainable and nourishing future for all of us. It’s easy to imagine how we can combine the creative human resources in the county to manifest clean energy systems, local food security, and innovative housing solutions. Development of a comprehensive, countywide fire prevention plan can make us more fire resilient and create many good jobs. Showcasing our culture and lifestyle, in addition to our natural resources, will attract more visitors wishing to feel that Mendonesian vibe.
Since beginning my campaign, I’ve travelled over 2500 miles around the 3rd district. It’s been energizing to meet and listen to people, and learn what is most concerning to them. Several issues are pressing overall. The lack of available and affordable housing is having a huge impact. It’s the job of local government to incentivize and support new housing development through red tape reduction, as well as seeking and supporting innovative models and methods. The county’s inclusionary zoning ordinance may need to be reworked to encourage builders to come here. Another concern is the need for aggressive and inclusive economic development. Local businesses require support, job seekers need vocational training, and diversification in all sectors is paramount. Helping the local cannabis industry come into compliance is absolutely crucial. People who are attempting to become taxpayers should be supported, and the county and state need to nurture and promote the emerging legal industry. If Mendocino County is to build a sustainable future we need as many good people around us as possible.
My experience has given me the ability to lead effectively in several directions at once. I have a knack for spotting and nurturing talent, and am an excellent manager. I believe that professionalism needn’t be devoid of humor, humanity, and humility. I’m applying for this job not as a career path, but rather a path to service. It would be an honor and privilege to serve you in the third district.