Most aspiring candidates for office are big on rhetoric and promises. Frequently indulge in self-promotional but vaguely defined labels in campaign, such as “high integrity, honest, brainy, hardworking” and so on. However, many of those elected fail delivering even a fraction of solutions promised to their constituency.
Barry Chang, a candidate for the Board of County Supervisors, is an exception. He is a man of his words. Barry is simply a “what you see is what you get” kind of guy. He is short on placatory words and polished manner (true to the core as his critics incessantly accuse him), but does exactly what he has promised to do as a candidate. Often, he exceeds the expectation of his supporters whether it’s public health, environmental, educational, traffic, fiscal or budgetary issues.
County residents should thank Barry for cleaner air and water that we all enjoy after he fought feverishly the pollution problems for years despite of relentless resistance and obstruction coming from all directions—his peer council members, local, state and federal agencies, and a corporate polluter owned by a multi-billion foreign conglomerate.
Both of his opponents in this race have repeatedly declined to address the rampant pollution problems. One, as a mayor and council member, proclaimed powerless for lack of jurisdiction and wouldn’t even raise objection to any environmental agencies or the county while the other, as a state lawmaker, declined to sponsor or support any legislation to rein in the culprit.
The choice is clear on June 5th.
Ignatius Y. Ding