|Wheat (standing) discusses issues during her 'Meet the Candidate' meeting.|
By Denny Gomez, RadioElkGrove
Special to Elk Grove News
“I'm concerned about the $3.3 million...What happens when the money runs out?” -Lynn Wheat
Regional Vision, fiscal responsibility, and the sphere of influence proposal (SOI) were at the core of Lynn Wheat's message to an intimate group of supporters and first time attendees at her 4th “Meet the Candidate” gathering this Thursday evening.
In her ongoing grass roots campaign, Wheat - running her campaign for mayor without any outside contributions - stuck to the issues. In doing so, Wheat criticized actions by the City Council, and incentives given to the recently relocated State Prison Health offices.
“I'm concerned about the $3.3 million that they offered [to the State relocation] and said it was about bringing jobs. It didn't create new jobs, it just moved jobs from Sacramento," Wheat said. "We're part of a region, and I believe we have to be a regional player. This is about collaboration and coordination, and working together.”
Wheat also questioned the “incentive” approach used by the city. “I'm concerned about the fiscal analysis. How will we see that money reimbursed to the city? They predict it will show up in 10 years. That's when the lease of the State offices is up. And what happens when the next company wants incentives? What happens when the money runs out?”
Wheat's comments resonated with Leslie Haynes, a 20-year Elk Grove resident who heard Wheat speak for the first time at the meeting. “She makes a lot of sense. I am delighted to hear someone speaking 'truth to power' in our city.”
Wheat also has potential sway with younger voters. As one young woman said, “If my friends could hear this, they would definitely like her.”
Wheat gave a full interview to RadioElkGrove.com prior to the meeting. She talked about why she's running, qualities of leadership, the SOI, job creation, and more. RadioElkGrove also has full interviews with candidates Jerry Braxmeyer, Gary Davis, and Greg Higley.