Susan B. Anthony
Solano County Board of Supervisors
District 1 Candidate
No more Tax Initiatives
Reduce Government Spending
Develop the Industrial Area on Mare Island
Improve the Schools so our children are properly educated to be
independent and employable when they graduate.
See the details in my platform.
Phone: (707) 980-0915
January 14, 2012
Article ID: 19742245
Sarah Rohrs / Times-Herald
Vallejoan enters race for a seat on
the Solano County Board of Supervisors
A Vallejo businesswoman, who has worked behind-the-scenes on a variety of local issues, is eyeing a seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors. Susan B. Anthony, owner of the Squeaky Clean Car Wash on Benicia Road, is one of two candidates who have indicated a desire to fill the seat being vacated by longtime Supervisor Barbara Kondylis.
"I have been concerned about the community," Anthony said. "To be more influential you need to be in a position where you can make decisions."
Kondylis announced in September she will not seek a sixth term. The filing period opens Feb. 13 for the June primary.
Both Anthony and former Vallejo Mayor Tony Intintoli have taken out petitions now to collect signatures so they can avoid the filing fee, a county official in the elections department said.
A Vallejo native, Anthony, 54, is daughter of Margaret Garibaldi and Jack Anthony Jr. founders of the 7 Flags car wash facilities in Vallejo, Farifield, Benicia, Martinez and Vacaville. Anthony bought and upgraded her own self-serve car wash facility in 2005.
She has never held public office but has served as a citizen activist -- speaking out against plans to use Lynch Canyon as a landfill, and alerting the city about safety problems on Hunter's Hill, and about traffic backing up on Interstate 80 off the Redwood Street overpass.
Anthony said she has the energy and enthusiasm for the job. She added she welcomes ideas and the chance to work with the community solving problems. She said she has no major complaints with the county.
"I have no hidden agendas. I just want to help," she said.
A former intern for former California Rep. Vic Fazio, Anthony said she also worked on former Vallejo Mayor Gloria Exline's campaign.
While Exline was in office, she said she also took her phone calls seeking comment and opinion on the Blue Rock Springs golf course improvement project, Highway 37 overpass work and other issues.
Anthony has also spoken out at public forums on the county budget, and contacted public officials with concerns about how ships from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet are being dispersed for dismantling.
"My take is the bidding process is flawed and should be appealed," she said, adding that the ships leaving the fleet should be split evenly between California and Texas bidding for them.
Further, Anthony believes auxiliary businesses should be set up on Mare Island to process ships' steel and other materials. This would help create much-needed jobs and further revitalization of the former naval base, she said.
While Anthony considered a run for the Vallejo City Council, she said that post would involve a great deal of public interaction, something she has enough of now through her work. A county position would have less of that, she said.
Her frequent interaction with members of the public, she said, led her to believe she should seek elected office, particularly to stop tax increases and to cut government spending.
Creating jobs, bolstering the economy and improving Vallejo's image are among her top goals. She also said visitors to the city should be treated better.
She also wants the Solano County Fairgrounds protected as a community asset and believes more should be done for youth, seniors and the disabled.
Further, she said Vallejo needs to fill its void of drug and alcohol detox and rehabilitation centers. Those individuals now are often sent to hospitals at a huge cost to the taxpayer, she added.
"We need to improve the safety net," she said, adding as an example mobile units which could be dispatched to help the homeless.
For children, Anthony said she would like to see school programs set up to teach children about taking responsibility and the difference between right and wrong.
With the county facing a structural budget deficit, Anthony said local officials should follow the example of other cities and counties who have gotten out of similar predicaments.
The county has done a good job creating a fiscal "cushion" to withstand frequent state raids on county coffers but that layer will likely erode, she said.
While she identified herself as a Republican, Anthony said she is signed up as a non-partisan candidate.
Married to Ed Brashear, Anthony has no children. She attended St. Vincent Ferrer School, graduated from St. Vincent High School and has a California Real Estate license.
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