Candidates meet the public
by Dan St. Ledger

THOUSAND OAKS - Grabbing the chance to meet one-on-one with voters, several Thousand Oaks City Council and Ventura County supervisorial candidates took advantage of the first "old-fashioned political stump-speech forum" Saturday afternoon.

While none of the candidates actually climbed upon the old tree stump provided for "official" political speeches, several did use the occasion of the event, which was held in conjunction with the Elks Lodge's monthly barbecue on Thousand Oaks Boulevard.

Among the City Council candidates who participated were incumbent Judy Lazar, as well as Andy Fox, Greg Cole, Mike Markey and Lance Winslow, Candidates for the 2nd District supervisor's seat were Frank Schillo, Jere Robings, Madge Schaefer and Trudi Loh.

The supervisors' race is in June; the council race is in November.

Thousand Oaks resident Paul Denubilo appreciated the chance to speak with candidates on an informal basis.

"I think that this kind of event is great," said the 56-year-old IBM retiree.  "It is really informal.  It is just like a neighborhood meeting."

Dick Brubaker, a retired pilot from Thousand Oaks, and his wife, Earlenne, said they showed up to ask the candidates about issues that were bothering them, specifically gun control.

"This gives you the chance to ask them the questions that you are interested in, rather than being in a formatted discussion where you have to raise your hand," Earleen Brubaker said.

Vicki Badik said she was more pleased with the barbecue than with the responses she got from the politicians.

"I talked with them about a long-standing problem we have had in terms of our house's location and the county having arbitrarily changed road names in the area.  This has caused our deliveries to get messed up," said Badik, a marriage and family therapist who has lived in the unincorporated area of the county since 1971.

The organizers of the event - sponsored by Carlson's Building Materials, T.O. Corral, and Elks Lodge No. 2477 - said their goal was to resurrect the feeling of the old-time, unpretentious political picnics.

"Basically, we are doing this so that the local folks get a chance to meet their candidates before they vote," Dennis Carlson said.

Reprinted from News Chronicle, April 17, 1994.

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