Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce President Tim Mobley and chamber Director Amanda Dove signed and sent a lovely endorsement letter in March to supervisor candidate Guy Houston, the San Ramon Assemblyman who will term out this year. (Pictured on the right.)
Houston is challenging incumbent Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho, who just happens to live in Discovery Bay. (Pictured bottom right.) The two will appear on the June 3 primary ballot.
“We are pleased to endorse you as our choice for Contra Costa county supervisor,” the letter said of Houston.
The Houston campaign sent out a press release a few days later touting the endorsement of the Discovery Bay Chamber of Commerce, although they eliminated Dove’s signature from the letter for “space reasons,” I was told.
But the “we” of the letter wasn’t the “we” the Houston campaign thought.
The Chamber of Commerce as a whole apparently didn’t endorse Houston. The letter was meant as the personal endorsements of Mobley and Dove, publisher of the Delta Sun Times.
Mobley says he cleared things up this month with a short item in the Delta Sun, writing that the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors would remain neutral in the race although individual members were free to endorse as they saw fit.
As for the elimination of Amanda Dove’s name from Houston’s press release, this brings up a curious question.
Cut for space? One signature? Do we worry about “space” on the Internet? Or is it because that Dove is the daughter-in-law of Discovery Bay Community Services District Director Dave Dove, who is a vocal critic of board colleague and Piepho’s husband, David Piepho?
Houston campaign spokesman Don Parsons says I’m reading “way, way too much into this.”
Perhaps that’s true.
Sometimes a misunderstanding is just a misunderstanding.
But either way, don’t you just love small towns?