Benigno runs for supervisor
by Joel Danoy/Tracy Press
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Tom Benigno discusses his plans to run for the 5th District Board of Supervisors seat.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
Tom Benigno discusses his plans to run for the 5th District Board of Supervisors seat. Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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Tom Benigno is entering this year’s 5th District supervisor race hoping to take care of “unfinished business” from a previous run in 2008.

The 75-year-old Tracy resident and lifelong Californian — who is running under the slogan: “It’s time for Benigno” — said that if elected, his focus would be creating jobs and balancing the district’s $1 billion budget in a way that supports social services, police, fire and school districts. The nonpartisan position has a four-year term, with elected officials allowed to serve two full elected terms.

“I felt like the people deserved to have choices, and that’s why I decided to run,” he said. “I love this area, and I love the people that live here. I felt like they needed my support in running, so I’m here to give it to them, give them a different option.”

As a farmer, and with more than 55 years working in retail and wholesale produce and grocery, Benigno said he understands the importance of agriculture to Central Valley. His jobs plan would focus on expanding shipping access to the Port of Stockton, so farmers could export more produce at a faster rate. The increased port traffic, Benigno suggested, would create more jobs.

Benigno also said more shipping would take vehicles off the road, reducing traffic and fuel demands in the region.

“We have to help them make a decent living so they can keep producing food and feeding all the people that depend on the Central Valley’s foods,” he said. “We need someone who can make important business situations, and I can do that.”

Benigno also wants to ease farming regulations, such as for chipping, burning and using chemicals.

“Farming is the backbone of most of the valley, and we need to help the consumer as well, by making food more affordable,” he said. “The key issue here is to put people back to work, especially those who have lost their homes and businesses due to downturn in our economy.”

Benigno said his campaign would depend on word of mouth, “because a lot of people already know me, and they know what I’m about.”

“I don’t need to get out and go door-to-door,” he said. “I’m here talking about my campaign, and I hope that people will listen and they will vote for me.”

He shied away from discussing the campaigns of his challengers — the planning commission’s Rhodesia Ransom and the City Council’s Bob Elliott — but said, “I think people will make the right decision to vote for me.”

The primary election is June 5.

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Bird_Man
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March 19, 2012
Good Morning Tom,

I checked out your website. I really wish you would have included a forum section on your site so people could leave questions for you there to answer.

I find myself wondering if you would increase taxes, even temporarily, to 'help balance the budget'... Or, do you believe in cutting - sometimes to the bone - to balance. Just HOW do you propose to do the things listed in your platform?

One thing I did find interesting is from your Platform link, Item 1. Hope you don't mind if I quote you.

"Why am I running? Why does anyone run for office? Some people say I want to help make change, some say I want to do public service. Now that's a joke. ..." Yet, Tom, over on your own Home page, last sentence, you say:

"I'm hoping I can serve my county and its taxpayers."

Why is it a joke to want to serve others? Our young men and women in the military don't take their service as a joke. I don't take public service as a joke. To serve your fellow man is a noble thing.

Hopefully, you will collect your thoughts and edit your site to give us what your real intentions are. Most of us are sick to death of talking heads.

TomBenigno
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March 19, 2012
For more information on my campaign go to www.benigno2012.com

Thank you.
TomBenigno
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February 25, 2012
Readers;

I knew the time of day. People didn't get the full story, because Dean Andel and Don Parsons covered up the fact that Ornellas wouldn't debate me.

Yes the public was deprived of the debates because Dave Nash and Ornellas said the 5th district was not important to the voters of the 5th district. My message has always been the same if you can debate them you can beat them.

I didn't attend the meeting because I was not invited. The same excuse is being told by the Tracy Federated Republican Women,there is no room for another speaker. As for door to door campaigining I seen more front doors in this town,then most mail persons.

As for Mr. C, I don't want your kind of help.

dcose
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February 25, 2012
Tom,

the time you lost one of your rages, sorry, races, you called the people that didn't vote for you, "foolish".

Comments like that explicitly state, You need my help, You want my help, I provide the very... oops. Wrong show.

Anyway, I'm here for you bro... to keep you straight when your memory upchucks the unpleasant ones down the rat hole... your personal Golden Retriever.

Call me. use the phone, not names

“I don’t need to get out and go door-to-door” & "As for door to door campaigining I seen more front doors in this town,then most mail persons."

Can you name them so we can get some door comparisons ?

“Benigno chose not to attend a May 12 South San Joaquin Republicans forum, however — the only chance for either candidate, really, to speak publicly about the race.”

Is this your first denial of the race ?

:-)
dcose
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February 08, 2012
From 6/2/08

“No one will give me the time of day,” Benigno said today. “We didn’t have a debate, and this just irritates me. I don’t believe people are getting the full story.” 




Just days before Tuesday’s primary election, Benigno said he was disappointed that the public was deprived of a chance to hear both candidates espouse and defend their platforms in a public forum.

3 weeks earlier, our Tom heralded a different message:

“Benigno chose not to attend a May 12 South San Joaquin Republicans forum, however — the only chance for either candidate, really, to speak publicly about the race.”

"“I don’t need to get out and go door-to-door,”

Why ruin one's appearance with reality.

Hi Tom. I'll lend a hand as much as possible but won't always be there in your time of need. You have made my day. Hope you have a great one.
Ichiban
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February 08, 2012
Something smells funny (to me) about a job plan that focuses on farming but does not solve the problem. Needlessly spending our money is a liberal tactic if I ever heard one.

Fact is you can drive a truck to the Oakland port faster than a ship can navigate the Delta / Stockton Port.

So, if faster is the issue I don't see it being addressed.

And, if traffic is the issue I don't see it being addressed.

Use trains. They already. In fact too many of them are sitting around empty.

The problem with California is that we keep electing liberals.
Ichiban
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February 08, 2012
There already.
TracyCAcommuter
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February 08, 2012
TomB is correct about one thing, "a lot of people already know me, and they know what I’m about".

That would be also the main reason he's never been elected to anything, despite his multiple attempts.

Tom came to a public meeting I was at recently, he started in on one topic and wandered to 4 other topics, but failed to make a lucid point on any of them. He is probably going to get more votes if he does do as he says and not "get out and go door-to-door".


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