The following is an open letter to Yolo County Clerk/Recorder Freddie Oakley:
Can you be the county clerk supervising and counting the votes in your own election? Maybe you should resign from your position as county clerk, at least while your own re-election is going on.
You have a conflict of interest on a touchy subject. Whether people support or oppose homosexual and lesbian marriages is not an issue. However, you used your position as an elected official and your office to promote these, and while the law did not allow you to perform such marriages, you issued “certificates of inequality” using your office and your position as county clerk to impose your personal views on the subject.
This is no different from what Nancy Peterson did on the Davis school board in using her position as an elected official to impose her personal views on a volleyball coach.
On May 3, 2011, during the Measure A election, 16,333 ballots were counted behind closed doors by you and your staff without any supervision whatsoever. Those ballots were scanned and counted in the computer before Election Day and you knew the results even before the polls closed at 8 p.m.
Using Tony Bernard as proxy, you sued Tom Randall and Jose Granda using the taxpayers’ money. You sought to alter their ballot argument against Measure C, which revealed such improprieties in your office, arguing that the public would be misled by such revelations.
You have misused your position in appointing your own son-in-law, Jeffrey Berry, as assistant department head. While you may appoint whomever you want, doing so with a family member is inappropriate. The county clerk must be completely neutral on all issues and procedures.
Your 12 years in office is twice the term limits of Assembly legislators. It is time for a change and to restore public trust. Please accept our request to resign while your own re-election campaign is going on so you are not in charge of counting your own votes. See more on this at www.noparceltaxes.org.
Janet Zwahlen, Tom Randall and Jose J. Granda