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#1 Roger Gaylord

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Posted 12 April 2016 - 08:21 AM

I wanted Folsom residents to read first hand about the shady games are being played. 

 

I’m shocked to see how far the political in-crowd will go to intimidate challengers running for City Council, a shame in such a small city. Following the 2014 elections, under the name of an associate, the Folsom Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee “BizPAC” filed two identical FPPC (Fair Political Practices Commission) violations against both Jennifer Lane & myself. With statements like “Mr. Gaylord’s a seasoned politician” & “Mr. Gaylord demonstrated complete disregard for the law.” It’s a clear example of how special interest groups like BizPAC, funded by outside influences are HIGH-JACKING Folsom’s political process! They are determined to keep the "old guard" in to push their agenda!

 

I firmly believe this proves just how successful our grass roots efforts are, considering we barely lost to Miklos by 1%! It seems BizPAC is gearing up for a slander campaign in 2016. So, in the interest of transparency, after contact with the FPPC, I’m taking this to social media to inform BizPAC, their cronies and of course, you - fellow Folsomites, that I WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED!!!

 

The “violations” filed by Folsom realtor Dan McNeil included several screen shots labeled “exhibits” from my campaign Facebook. I’ve never personally met Mr. McNeil; however, I did call him after receiving the complaint, to address his allegations. He immediately hung up on me. I’m told Mr. McNeil is associated with several council members & has ties to BizPAC board members & the politically active Chamber exec’s. Mr. McNeil was the person who officially filed the complaint & signed the sworn statement; however, I NOW have evidence that tells me a BizPAC board member (& Folsom Parks Commissioner) Marko Mlikotin, also dubbed “Marko the Mysterious” by Sacramento News And Review (https://www.newsreview.com/ch…/marko-the-mysterious/content…) actually took the screen shots & essentially orchestrated this complaint in an effort to tie our hands & scare us from running! I also have info from a credible source that Marko contacts a Sacramento political attorney regularly to get updates on the FPPC case! I wonder why?

 

I’m told that a Folsom Planning Commissioner & BizPAC associate, Tom Scott is also involved. Tom posted on my & Jennifer Lane’s campaign Facebook pages in 2014 claiming the same exact violations as in the FPPC complaint. They were full of false accusations with one small exception on my part: I unintentionally neglected to include my home address on my campaign mailer. I actually contacted the city clerk and FPPC office in 2014 & tried to file a violation on myself when I found out I made the error. Mr. McNeil (BizPAC) also accused me of not funding my campaign! I spent over $20,000 of my OWN personal savings to run for FOLSOM & you can bet I'll do it again too!

 

Running for Folsom City Council is no easy task. It includes learning a tremendous amount about political law, a huge expenditure of time & effort & of course - money. The politically-active Chamber leaders, its BizPAC & Folsom's political in-crowd have historically run the political show in Folsom & this is how they do it. They finance the incumbent leaders campaigns by using special interest money; they intimidate challengers & squeeze us financially to control the process, all in the false name of "protecting Folsom businesses." In fact, there are very few small businesses protected; see for yourself where BizPAC spends the monies! The numbers are public & easy to read.

 

In 2014, while supporting Miklos, Morin and Howell, BizPAC spent less than 4% of their expenditures at actual Folsom businesses! These expenditures paid for all of Miklos, Morin and Howell’s election consulting, sign/brochure/card printing and assembly, accounting, legal services, etc all from NON-FOLSOM companies!

 

Enough is enough! The "BizPAC connection" in Folsom politics needs to be severed and it all starts this November! Because of the work we’ve done, the Chamber’s BizPAC are trying to be more “transparent” & involved by hosting candidate debates, but DON’T BE FOOLED!! Until the special interest money ends & BizPAC cuts it’s strings off our leadership & election process, the status quo won’t change. I've been banned from the Chamber and BizPAC's FB pages so let them know this needs to STOP!

 



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Posted 12 April 2016 - 08:35 PM

I was for you the first time and I'll be for you again if you decide to fight the machine.


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Posted 13 April 2016 - 07:17 AM

Run, Roger, Run.  My wife and I have voted for you in previous elections and will do so again.  Starsky and Sheldon seats are up and I'm sure Starsky will run for re election. Anyone know if Sheldon will run again?  Will the Machine try to promote, endorse and run one of its own challengers for the Sheldon seats to stack the council in their favor so all of their agenda is unapposed?   A lot is riding on this, we must vote for new leadership and a fresh face in the city council.

Run, Roger, Run!!!!



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Posted 13 April 2016 - 09:36 AM

Ernie Sheldon has said on several occasions that he will not be running for another term.

 

There should be an open seat on the council. Unless he has changed his mind.....

 

 

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Posted 13 April 2016 - 01:52 PM

Kerri is running for supervisor.  Does that mean her seat will be open too?


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Posted 13 April 2016 - 03:59 PM

Kerri is running for supervisor.  Does that mean her seat will be open too?

 

Yes, if Kerri wins the Supervisor seat, she will have to give up her council position. So, we could have 3 seats up for grabs.  


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Posted 26 April 2016 - 04:19 PM

Actually, Kerri can keep her seat if she doesn't win, so it won't be open for this election cycle unless she wins outright, which she won't.


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 10:43 AM

Actually, Kerri can keep her seat if she doesn't win, so it won't be open for this election cycle unless she wins outright, which she won't.

 

Of course, if she doesn't win the Supervisor spot, she keeps her council seat, but she can't hold 2 elected offices, can she? 


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Posted 28 April 2016 - 11:00 AM

You can't hold two offices at the same time. Kerri's seat on the city council is not up for election this year so if she doesn't win the Supervisor seat, she'll remain on the council.  

 

There are five candidates for Supervisor which means it's very unlikely that one will win outright on June 7.  In order to do so he/she would have to get 50% of the votes + 1.  The more likely scenario is that the top two finishers will have a run-off in November.  If Kerri is one of those two, and if she goes on to win in November, the council will then have to decide if they're going to appoint someone to fill her seat or if they're going to hold a special election.



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Posted 10 May 2016 - 03:08 PM

Anyone who is interested in making sure that doesn't happen, feel free to PM me.


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Posted 16 May 2016 - 09:21 PM

Anyone who is interested in making sure that doesn't happen, feel free to PM me.

 

Making sure what doesn't happen?

Did you at least return the campaign sign to Mr. Kozlowski?  I think his response on camera was very magnanimous.



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Posted 16 May 2016 - 09:37 PM

 

Making sure what doesn't happen?

Did you at least return the campaign sign to Mr. Kozlowski?  I think his response on camera was very magnanimous.

I saw that on CBS13 too. Oops!



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Posted 18 May 2016 - 02:20 PM

Ducky, you're usually more assimilating than that.  It is a non-story for both Mike and I. It was a misunderstanding, and I had already talked to Mike about it before this press stupidity started.


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Posted 18 May 2016 - 04:30 PM

My guess is that the city council would appoint someone to the seat if Howell wins in November. Special elections are costly and this would ensure council appoints someone they want on the council who  won't go against  their good ol boys network.



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Posted 18 May 2016 - 04:56 PM

Ducky, you're usually more assimilating than that.  It is a non-story for both Mike and I. It was a misunderstanding, and I had already talked to Mike about it before this press stupidity started.

 

Wow, you're trying to shame me for asking a legitimate question.  No need.  It was answered in the Sac Bee article.  There was plenty to assimilate from that.

I'll leave it at that because I'm sure you've had a rough week already.



My guess is that the city council would appoint someone to the seat if Howell wins in November. Special elections are costly and this would ensure council appoints someone they want on the council who  won't go against  their good ol boys network.

 

Thanks for the answer.  Special elections are costly.







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