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Turlock Irrigation District Area 5 Candidate Profiles

Turlock Irrigation District Area 5 Candidate Profiles

Ron Macedo


POSTED October 19, 2009 3:02 p.m.
Pamela Sweeten
I would make a good Turlock Irrigation District director because officials must be familiar with local conditions and priorities and be able to make decisions which balance the goals of price, quality and reliability. Our state is facing an extreme water shortage. We need experienced local leadership to maintain and protect the farms and homes utilizing the power and water provided by the Turlock Irrigation District.
I am prepared to work hard to ensure that all who utilize the water and electricity in Area 5 have a voice and their concerns are heard. Tough economic times have moved us to think smart and conserve our resources in all areas. I view conservation as essential to protecting our way of life in our community. I am a third generation resident of Hilmar and also a TID rate payer. As your director for Area 5, I will bring your concerns to the table and I will be dedicated to ensuring that the rates we pay will stay affordable for all. It is a simple fact — we all need water to live our lives. The need for a safe, affordable water supply brings us all to the same table. I will work hard to ensure that we all have a voice at that table and that all that thrives in this community will continue to for years to come.

I will be dedicated to meeting the needs of all of the citizens of the district both residential and farming. My goal is to ensure that all TID consumers receive the prompt, customer service and care that they pay for.
My involvement at both the state and national level as an advocate for both education and agriculture has taught me the important role water and energy play in our local economy. The water flowing into the homes and onto the farms in Area 5 is protecting our future and creating jobs for the citizens of our community.
Maintaining a citizen-friendly, consumer focused Board is a high priority for me. For these reasons, I respectfully ask for your vote. As a fellow consumer, I welcome your support; please contact me on my personal cell phone: 209-606-1418. Protecting water is protecting our future.

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Ron Macedo
I am running for this office to enhance TID’s long tradition of supplying affordable and adequate water and power to its farmers and customers in Stanislaus and Merced Counties.   
I have 20 years experience as an active farm bureau board member, including President of Stanislaus County Farm Bureau and 10 years experience as a California State Farm Bureau board member representing Stanislaus County at the state level. During my tenure in these positions, I’ve dealt with water supply and regulatory issues throughout the state. I feel that water is our most important resource.  It is the lifeblood of agriculture and our economy. The TID’s water and power must be used to benefit our farmers, ratepayers, and residents.   
I have been involved and dedicated to the community and agriculture. I have been President of Kiwanis of Greater Turlock, and a member of the Turlock Rural Fire Department Board of Directors. I am a life-long farmer from Turlock, who has been involved in production agriculture and growing oats, almonds, alfalfa, silage corn, black eye beans, watermelons, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. I’m involved in custom farming and farm management.

My main goal if elected would be to maintain water and power rights for the residents of the TID by working to relicense Don Pedro. I oppose the practice of selling our water elsewhere. The Turlock Irrigation District’s water and power must be used to benefit our farmers, ratepayers, and residents. The job of TID director is to retain our water rights and keep our water and power costs as low as possible. TID residents must come first. It also makes sense to work with other jurisdictions on regional treatment facilities if our water users and ratepayers can benefit from the agreement.
I would also like to improve the communications between ratepayers, staff and the board in an effort to find the best possible solutions to potential problems and future projects.
We are fortunate in the Turlock Irrigation District to have an ample water supply and renewable energy source in hydro electric power. This allows our agricultural economy to thrive while keeping our rates low. As a local farmer and businessman, I know our water and energy policy will shape the future of TID and provide benefits for generations to come.   

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