If a humble hobbit from Middle Earth found their way to Ebbetts Pass in Calaveras County and turned their humble thoughts to Calaveras County District Three politics, what would they be thinking?
Suppose they’ve studied up. Read the literature, looked at video. Might not their first reaction be, “Man, how the hell did Merita lose last time?”
(EDITOR’S NOTE: The complete article is, like it’s namesake … lengthy. We hope you take the time to read it, but here, for your convenience, is the conclusion. Consider it the Free Tri-Tip Dinner equivalent of fast food)
Merita has run a brilliant campaign, finally. If, contrary to all indication, the voters still fail to embrace her candidacy, she will at least know that she did all she could.
What is more likely is that the Queen of Calaveras politics will return and take her rightful – and this time fully earned — place on the Board of Supervisors.
Oliveira, should he find himself in a run-off with Merita, will have to raise substantially more money and upgrade all phases of his campaign if he hopes to retain his seat.
And for Langan, what was he thinking? Did he think he was going to beat Oliveira and / or Merita with a website and a provocative narrative? If he hasn’t raised and spent thousands of dollars on advertising and direct mail in these last weeks, his candidacy was never serious.