San Bernardino County Third District Supervisor Neil Derry earned two impressive endorsements in recent days in his fight to keep his seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. He is being challenged by San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Chairman and casino boss James Ramos.
Today, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association announced its support for Derry. “The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Political Action Committee endorses Neil Derry for reelection to the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors,” declared HJTA Committee spokesman Kris Vosburgh.
“The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association is California’s largest and most influential taxpayer advocacy group. They have been fighting to protect the rights of taxpayers for over three decades,” stated Derry. “I am honored to be one of the very first elected officials in California to earn their coveted endorsement for the June 2012 election.”
During his first term in office Derry not only introduced and got passed an ordinance to bring much-needed “sunshine” into a county wrought with corruption but has also has fought for an ethics commission. He is currently leading the battle to oppose the state fire tax recently imposed on taxpayers in outlying areas by the California Legislature.
Derry opposes the fire fees on the grounds that it is an illegal tax and “subjects county residents to double taxation. “The middle class families in California are tired of being abused by our state legislature,” Supervisor Derry stated. “They have told me that the ATM is closed.”
“San Bernardino County Taxpayers want a Supervisor who will take a firm stand against higher taxes. They want someone who will stand up to the reckless tax-and-spend politicians in Sacramento. As our Supervisor, I will continue to champion the rights of local residents and businesses to be free of excessive and unfair taxation such as the ‘Fire Tax’,” concluded Derry.
It was reported that these fees would generate approximately $25 million in the first year and that the state would spend $12 million administering and overseeing the program. “This scheme is one part fraud and one part waste,” said Supervisor Derry.
Earlier this week, Derry received the endorsement of Tea Party favorite, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly. He represents the 59th Assembly District which includes parts of San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. Donnelly replaced Anthony Adams, who was the subject of a failed recall effort after voting for one of the largest tax increases in California history.
In a press statement issued on Monday, Donnelly declared, “Supervisor Derry is a conservative tax fighter who’s leading the fight against illegal immigration and wasteful county spending.”
“He’s also an ardent and articulate champion for maintaining the unity of our Mountain Communities. The citizens of District 3 can count on Neil to stand tall for our values.”
“I applaud Supervisor Derry’s leadership against the outrageous fire tax being imposed on San Bernardino County residents by Jerry Brown and his liberal allies in Sacramento,” continued Donnelly.
“He’s a true American Patriot whom I’m proud to support.”
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of a principled conservative leader like Assemblyman Tim Donnelly,” said Derry. “We share the same commitment to supporting liberty and reducing excessive government power.”
Derry is a former Marine and councilman for the city of San Bernardino. During his first campaign in 2008, he ran on a platform of ethics reform and reduction in the cost of government, two planks that have brought him the ire of his fellow supervisors as they have openly opposed many of the reforms he has tried to bring about in “California’s Most Corrupt County.”
“California’s Most Corrupt County”, I agree with that!———–Paul Schrader