Questions for Aceves

After reading the cover story “The Battle for 2nd District”, I am left with several questions for Roger Aceves.

The first question is one I have been wondering about since he announced his candidacy: If he is still, as he calls himself, a “lifelong Democrat,” then why is he trying to unseat an incumbent Democrat? Not only this, but the party’s decision not to support him “provided a lot of motivation”? And now I read that he accepts money from oil companies and developers, not usually frequent donors to Democrats. I have no problem with politicians who change parties, but I do have a problem with those who do not admit it when their affiliations have changed, as it would appear to be the case with Roger Aceves.

The second question is exactly how has Janet Wolf left the county needing better financial management? The county is now in a budgetary surplus and enjoys an AA+ bond rating, thanks in large part to strong fiscal management led by Wolf’s efforts. If Aceves thinks he’ll be able to do a better job with Measure M in place (which he seems reluctant to come out against), I’d like to know how.

Lastly, why has Aceves not received endorsements from any of his Goleta City Council colleagues, three of whom have come out loud and clear for Supervisor Wolf? And why haven’t I seen his supporters listed on his campaign mailings? What is he afraid of?

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