Update: March 17, 2018 Frank Bigelow (R) representing California State Assembly District 5 called the SST to say that he is running for re-election and it is not an open seat as candidate Carla Jean Neal states in her bio.

March 15, 2018 - Heather Bernikoff of Mariposa, Carla J Neal of Madera, and Walter Wall of Mariposa will be the featured speakers at Progressive Mariposa’s next General Meeting. The meeting will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Miner’s Roadhouse 140 located at 5159 CA-140, Mariposa, CA 95338.

Heather BernikoffHeather Bernikoff is running for Mariposa County Supervisor for District 3.

Heather says, “Honesty, Respect, and Community – I am a citizen servant with a demonstrated public service record. My accomplishments come from partnering with community-minded residents and County employees. This kind of teamwork is important in tackling large issues: drought, wildfires, roads, economic development, and spending. Count on me being welcoming, honest, and hardworking as your Supervisor.

In Mariposa, like Groveland where I grew up, everyone is recognized on the street, the community helps one another, and children are supported. I will protect this precious rural lifestyle, and its strong family values. With success, I have worked to protect agricultural lands, helped people during drought and fire, and raised funding for community projects. I have volunteered in Mariposa schools, served on the Hospital Foundation Board, and as District 3 Planning Commissioner.

Professionally, I have managed budgets over $1 million and grant portfolios worth over $19 million, led initiatives, and worked with people to build capacity in rural communities in broadband access, education, small business, and nonprofit support.

I am proud to have the support of former Supervisor Janet Bibby, retired Undersheriff Joel Bibby, Mary Ann Visher, Professor Teenie Matlock, Jill Harry, and others. I will work with you to address our needs.”

Carla J NealCarla Jean Neal is running for the open seat currently previously held by Frank Bigelow (R) in California State Assembly District 5. She will discuss how her Assembly representation will improve the lives of constituents in Mariposa and the 8 other rural counties of the region. Carla will strive to bring the changes needed to make people’s lives better with a strong, shared economy, with special emphasis on protecting our parks in the public trust for tourism, enjoyment of nature, and for our posterity.

Carla wants to provide affordable healthcare for all with more regional funding for rural hospitals, doctors and nurses, improve our public education, provide better wages, jobs and retirement security, clean air and clean water, and sensible forest and watershed management with enough workers to protect, preserve and foster our homes, forests and sustainable communities. Carla Neal will help to bridge the digital divide, work with citizens and scientists to adapt to climate change, protect election integrity, alleviate poverty and homelessness, strengthen main street business and promote tax fairness, a California State Bank and transparent government that will listen and serve the best interests of Californians.

Walter Wall
Walter Wall
is the only candidate for Mariposa County District Attorney. 

He says, “As a practicing California attorney for 22 years, I have breadth and depth of experience that has prepared me to be Mariposa’s District Attorney. I have done land use, environmental, insurance, and employment. I have been a deputy district attorney for Merced County where I have tried numerous felony cases to verdict and achieved over a 90% conviction rate overall. I have handled homicides, white-collar crimes, robberies, rapes, assault, battery, burglary, theft, arson, fraud, and domestic violence cases. In 2010, I was named Prosecutor of the Year.

I am recognized as a Criminal Legal Specialist by the California State Bar which is achieved by less than 1% of the prosecutors in the state. I live in the Bear Valley area of Mariposa County with my family. I want to preserve and protect the rural character of our County. I will discharge the duties of my office fairly and objectively with the view in mind that the district attorney must work tirelessly for Justice for All.”

Progressive Mariposa, Inc. is a non-partisan group of individuals who strive to educate our members and communities with timely and appropriate information and calls to action on specific issues and policies. General Meetings are open and free to the public, although donations to defray room and program costs are welcome. Email info@progressivemariposa.org or visit ProgressiveMariposa.org for more information about other activities and events.

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