Showing up Counts

Russ Steele

Our mail in ballot arrived in the Saturday mail and it is now decision time. In one case our decision is clear, Ellen and I will be voting for Doug LaMalfa.

Ellen and I belong to a number of service organizations in Nevada County. Over the years we have been impressed by the number of times that Doug came to our monthly meetings, sometimes driving an hour or more to be present, not to make a speech, but to pitch in and help. Or, if it was a more social event he was available to discuss issues and answer questions. In other words, he shows up.  This says a lot about Doug’s character and his relationship with constituents.

On the other hand, we have not seen the other candidates showing up a community events unless it was a political meeting and they were expected. Or, in one case they were expected and became a no show.  That does not build voter confidence. Will they show up when it counts?

Ellen and I have been impress by the amount of access we have had to Doug. He listens and responds with appropriate answers, some times with “I do not know.” No attempt to baffle us with political bull s**t. We have had opportunities to sit down with Doug and discuss the issues, and carry discussions in follow up emails on the issues we feel are most important to us: reducing the national debt, food security, transportation boondoggles, climate change, water conservation and run-away spending to name a few.

Ellen and I endorse Doug LaMalfa for Congress, California District 1. We encourage all readers to consider Doug and vote for him in this important election. We need more common sense in Washington.


About Russ Steele
Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.

10 Responses to Showing up Counts

  1. Excellent post Russ. I too have endorsed Doug LaMalfa and for many of the same reasons you have stated here. I think his being a rice farmer in a long line of farmers has given him true grit and common sense. He also is a genuinely nice man. So I am glad to join you with this importunate support for Doug.

  2. Michael Anderson says:

    I will back up Todd and Russ’ stories of Mr. LaMalfa’s personal appeal with another story.

    On February 8th of this year, students at Grass Valley Charter school went to Sacramento to try to get the South Yuba River State Park off the chopping block:
    As a dad of one of those students, I got see the sausage being made, up close.

    The kids walked the Capitol hallways, visiting various functionaries and politicians to discuss the issue and deliver their petitions. Those visits were pleasant enough, but when they stopped in front of Doug LaMalfa’s office, he came out into the hallway and spent at least 15 minutes answering and asking questions of the students. He was gracious and kind, and since there weren’t any news cameras nearby, you could tell that his efforts were sincere.

    After the question and answer session, out of the blue he asked the kids if they’d like a personal tour of the Senate chambers. Since the kids had no idea what that meant, they didn’t really know how to answer but us parents chimed in and said “sure, let’s go!” Mr. LaMalfa then spent another 20 minutes giving us all a personal tour of not only the Senate chambers, but also all the backstage areas, with personal commentary about how everything worked. His presentation was completely non-partisan, and heartfelt about both the benefits and limitations of our uniquely American form of government.

    I came away from the experience with a lot of respect and admiration for Senator LaMalfa. I haven’t decided who am voting for yet, but Doug is high on my list.

    • Russ says:


      That is the Doug that I know. Thanks for sharing your personal experience with Doug’s generous nature.

  3. Arthur M. Day. says:

    The state of Washington has gone to mail-in only elections. How does Voter ID work with mail-in elections?

    • Elections office verifies the signatures. The way it can be defeated though is a person can go into say a old folks home and direct the person to vote for whomever. This happens in California.

    • Dena says:

      When you apply to vote by mail, it is tied to your drivers license so it’s voter ID by default. The only thing that can go wrong is someone taking it out of your mail box (a federal offense) or somebody voting for you after you die.

  4. Michael Anderson says:

    Arthur, Oregon has been voting by mail for almost a decade. No fraud. Read more here:

    Q: Do they really verify every signature on a ballot?
    A: Yes. The county elections office looks at every ballot that they receive and compares the signature to the voter registration record.

  5. Arthur M. Day. says:

    Vote buyers love vote by mail.
    Pay someone to vote for your candidate with the in-person method, the voter goes into the booth and votes for whomever, deposits the ballot in the ballot box under the watchful gaze of the election officials, comes out and assures the buyer that he voted the buyer’s way.
    Vote by mail, the seller signs their ballot or envelope as required and hands it to the buyer who fills it out and mails it. Very easy to do, very hard to detect.
    For politicians who don’t feel their platform will win for them, vote by mail is wonderful.
    Washington St. has already had a questionable vote by mail Governer election. The Republicans accused the Democrats of chicanery, a judge found in the Dems. favor. The judge wore a gold earring in one ear. That’s the sign of a die-hard conservative, right?

  6. Barry Pruett says:


    Removed. Naked URLs are not allowed here. Please re-post again with some context.

  7. Barry Pruett says:

    Sorry Russ. The link below is a television report from yesterday’s Aanestad press conference in Redding.

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