Viewpoint - November 3, 2010

Letter: Mandelkern is best choice for treasurer-tax collector

On Nov. 2 we have the opportunity to elect a new San Mateo County treasurer-tax collector.

Our current treasurer and his assistants lost $155 million of our tax dollars in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy. It's time for a change in leadership.

I am enthusiastically supporting Dave Mandelkern for this office. I've known Dave for many years and he represents the kind of no-nonsense, pragmatic leadership we need to make government work more efficiently and more effectively.

Dave is the only candidate with proven experience in balancing a $100 million budget year after year as an elected trustee of our community college district. He also oversees a $500 million capital improvement fund that has been cited as a model for other school districts to follow.

He has proven leadership and management skills from his successful Silicon Valley business career. Having taken his own software company public, he knows how to deal with Wall Street and will invest our money wisely. I know we can count on Dave to protect our tax dollars as if they were his own.

Please join me in voting for Dave Mandelkern for San Mateo County treasurer-tax collector.

Howard L. Hibbard, Burlingame


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