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Statements of candidates for town council

Original post made on Mar 2, 2009

Fifteen candidates are left in the running for the Alamo Town Council, if Measure A passes to incorporate. Here they speak to you through their own words, excerpted from their candidate statements for the sample ballot. (Brad Stribling is not longer running although his name is on the ballot.)

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 27, 2009, 12:00 AM


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Posted by Louise Buriss
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Vicki Koc states that she is 'uniquely qualified.'

I strongly disagree!

She has NEVER held a paying job.

Elect a candidate that has some work experience! NOT Vicki Koc.

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Posted by Nancy Dommes
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Ms. Burris

How do YOU know that Vicki has not held a paying job?

In fact, she HAS.

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 6:31 pm

Obviously Ms Burris has a personal axe to grind with Ms Koc and these attacks have little do with what she does or does not know.

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Posted by louise buriss
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Nancy, Your comments are very interesting indeed.

If Vicki Koc has actually had a job (doubtful) then ask her to step up to the plate and say what it was. I see NOTHING in her Bio.

Nancy, Why would Vicki ask you to speak for her? Can't she speak for herself? I happen to know you are one of her good buddies.

This just proves my point - that a woman with no work experience, a woman that has never had to prove herself in the workplace, has no place on a city council.


Because they get their buddies to fight their battles for them and they participate in sorority house antics.

If Vicki has ever held a paid position, her husband doesn't know anything about it.

Blake Koc has often stated that Vicki has been a stay at home Mom throughout their marriage. She has NEVER worked outside the home. One would think her husband would know.

I have nothing against Vicki Koc - I don't know her! However, I DO think she is not prepared to lead.

I strongly believe any candidate representing over 16,000 people should have some actual work experience...SOMETHING. All other candidates have held prestigious positions in the work force.

I don't want Vicki Koc "cutting her teeth" on my TAX DOLLARS.

I want to see some actual work experience. Someone that has earned a pay check and knows her way around the boardroom.

I won't be voting for Vicki Koc tomorrow. I will be voting for 5 that have real experience!

Everytime I express my opinion about Vicki Koc, someone steps in and fights her battles for her.

WOW, that makes for a great city leader. If Vicki cannot take the heat, she should not have signed up to be a public candidate in a very public election. Right?

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Posted by Linsey B.
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 9:57 pm

I agree with Louise.

No work experience on Vicki's bio.

She won't get my vote.

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Posted by Navin
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Sad but true.

The founding members of AIM have been successful in pitting neighbor against neighbor in their battle for incorporation.

What are all the political problems that need to be managed in Alamo?

Now we need a Dr. Phil and a Dr. Laura to conduct 'Anger Management' classes for Alamo residents.

Thanks for ruining our once friendly town.

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Louise, you can't have it both ways. If Vicki descended to the mud with you and battled it out you'd spin it that she can't handle a little criticism. But when she refuses to take your bait but other people, people who actually know her and feel she has done a lot for this town, step up in her defense you accuse her of hiding.

The only coward I see is you. You claim to not know Vicki but seem to know everything her husband says. And who her best buddies are. This has been your tactic all the way through this. You claim one thing then another. You're new to Alamo, then you've lived here forever and know everyone. Then it's well...i moved away for a while then came back. Blah blah blah.

It doesn't take board room experience to know how to run a town. I've been in board rooms and discussed budgets but I wouldn't know the first thing about managing a town. But someone who has been on every committee having to do with this town, whose gone over every budget the county has passed dealing with Alamo, who knows who provides what service and how to deal with them. That's the person you want running the town. Someone who has already been doing the job without pay, without help, without the slightest recognition of her efforts from ungrateful judgemental persons like yourself.

You don't want to vote for her. Fine. But give all the holier than thou crap a rest. Unless you're willing to stand up and do something in Alamo, give something of yourself to better your community. Be a part of something instead of sitting by the sidelines and taking cheap shots. Unless you're willing to do any of that, then you have no right talking that way about others who do.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2009 at 6:48 am

Good morning Alamo,

It is election day and the polls will open soon. Please VOTE!

In the privacy of the voting booth make you own decisions based on the scope of information provided by validated sources. Ignore any noise among exchanges that does not contain valid, expert information.

It is your opinion of your future that counts today.

Please VOTE

Harald Paul Arthur Balle
dba Harald A. Bailey
on-line name hal bailey

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Posted by Louise Buriss
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2009 at 8:34 am


It is amazing the information one picks up on the golf courses, and the gyms in the surrounding area. Especially from those very close to Vicki.

Extraordinarily insightful indeed!

Fondly, Louise

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Dear Neighbors,

For all of you as fellow humorists that wrote-in my name for town council as your sixth and final vote for council, I appreciate your willingness to humorously invalidate your candidate choices. You had choices among 16 names on the ballot that could have been equally invalid.

Yes, I accept that I have equal or better capabilities in the planning a start-up, but I am challenged by the probability I could not survive if I came near a combination town hall and stage coach stop to take membership in the town council.

So, if you would, PLEASE, petition the Alamo Chamber of Commerce to designate me officially as the Alamo Towne Fool. As is Pythonesque, it is the towne fool that asks the questions that no one is willing to ask, but everyone wants to know the fool's answers (Thank you, John Cleese).

How joyous the humor in times like these.

Thank you

The Alamo Towne Fool
@ODDs, a Saloon for Fools
The Hotel Snaysmuth
2625 Crescent Moon Lane
West Willimantic CA 94507