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Why I Don't Accept Endorsements From City Council Members

Los Altos City Council candidate Jan Pepper says she's been fortunate to receive broad support from various organizations, but she did not seek endorsements or financial support.

 

The following is an opinion written by Los Altos City Council candidate Jan Pepper.

By Jan Pepper

As a candidate for Los Altos City Council, I have chosen not to seek or accept endorsements or financial support from anyone on the current City Council. I am also not accepting endorsements or financial support from any business interests that may come before the City Council in the future.

I chose to run for council as an independent candidate because one of my top goals for our city government is to improve transparency and fairness. 

I am not running with any slate of candidates for the Los Altos City Council. I pride myself on the ability to work well with many people and to build bridges between people with different views.  Because of this, I have been fortunate to receive broad support across the city. Various organizations and individuals have included me in the groups of candidates they support for City Council. This support has taken the form of mailers and flyers independently funded and produced by individuals and organizations that reflect their varied views about me and my fellow candidates.

My campaign slogan is “Listening and Acting with Respect and Integrity.”  I will continue to adhere to the highest ethical standards throughout this campaign and if I am elected, will carry that through as a councilmember, representing ALL of the residents of Los Altos.  

 

Jan Pepper

Candidate for Los Altos City Council

Oct. 16, 2012 

Jan Pepper October 18, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Dear Nicole, You asked me to step up and show some leadership regarding Val Carpenter’s behavior. I want to go on record that I do not condone such actions by an elected official in this campaign or in the civic affairs of Los Altos. I also communicated this to the Daily Post and it is the last line in their article. I want to set the record straight that I am running as an independent candidate. I have said from the very beginning of my campaign that I will not seek or accept endorsements or financial support from anyone on the current City Council. I am also not accepting endorsements or financial support from any business interests (such as property developers) that may be coming before the City Council in the future. And as I have said, I will continue to adhere to the highest ethical standards throughout this campaign and if I am elected, will carry that through as a councilmember, representing ALL of the residents of Los Altos. The focus of my campaign has been to encourage an open dialogue among all the people in Los Altos on the issues we face. Please see my positions on the important issues at: www.pepperforcouncil.com/positions/ And thank you for expressing your opinion. That’s how I learn what’s important – when people speak up and I have the opportunity to listen.
marlis mcallister October 18, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I want to second Jan's comments about Troop 37. My son was a member of that troop from the time he was in 5th grade until he earned his Eagle rank just short of his 18th birthday. During that time, I was involved heavily as a volunteer with the troop. Based on my experience, I can say with certainty that Troop 37 does not support the national Boy Scout policy regarding gays. I voted against Proposition 8, am in favor of gay marriage and support gay rights. I would encourage anyone who lives in the Los Altos area and has a young son to join Troop 37. I am quite sure it had a significant influence on the terrific, caring and gay rights supporting young man my son has become. Marlis McAllister
marlis mcallister October 18, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Hear hear! You have made many of the same points I made in a letter to the editor I have submitted to the Town Crier. I hope the residents of Los Altos take note of the improprieties and act accordingly.
Nicole October 18, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Jan, You had me at "I do not condone such actions by an elected official". Thank you for responding and showing leadership. You get my vote. The silence from Mr. Baer and Ms. Satterlee is curious. I guess they think Ms.Carpenter's tactics are appropriate. I think voters should take note.
marlis mcallister October 18, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Nicole, Megan Satterlee responded to Val's email without objecting at all to her tactics, which, as far as I am concerned, constitutes an approval. She tried to put her own spin on Val's actions, but, to my mind, she did not succeed in the least.

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