I met Joan Hartmann many years ago through a mutual interest in native plants, before their drought tolerance made them fashionable. Since then I have worked with her on the Buellton Urban Growth Boundary and the Buellton Visioning process, observed her on the Planning Commission, gone to yoga class with her, and joined her in meals and glasses of wine.
In her civic work I have found her to be calm and articulate, bringing people from different perspectives together. She is incredibly bright but is sincerely interested in other people’s viewpoints. She invites people to talk so she can learn (not just to satisfy some group process) and consolidates and condenses what all the participants say to form a cohesive plan. In civic settings she is a serious woman. She does her homework, looks at all sides of an issue, never speaks off the cuff, and knows her facts.
In personal settings, I have found Joan to be thoughtful, gracious, optimistic, and incredibly kind. She thinks about other people and puts them before herself; her integrity is beyond question.
Joan Hartmann embodies the character, decision-making, and leadership traits we need in a supervisor, and I hope you will join me in voting for her.