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Questionable Endorsements

Bruce Cornell,
Tahoe Donner Resident
Former Tahoe Donner Association Board President

In this year of elections for both political, non-political seats and measures to raise funding monies for varying issues, one must wonder if all of the names shown or given as “The following is a list of supporters” whether these personal endorsements are truthful representations or not.

On the surface the reader would think that permission has been obtained to use someone’s name if an individual or organization is proclaiming support of their candidacy or initiative. But this past week I personally learned this is not necessarily the case. SO READER BEWARE!

Do not make the assumption that a name endorsement list, such as one shown in a recent Candidate Statement contained in the election packet received by over 6,200 property owners for the upcoming Tahoe Donner June 29 election, is true and accurate.

My name was used without my consent and without my express written, verbal or otherwise granted permission to do so. Now over 6,200 Tahoe Donner property owners will read my name among many others as endorsing one of four candidates in this election packet. Unfortunately, I do not have the means to notify the same number of property owners about this misrepresentation and misuse of my name, leaving many who know me to wonder about my own credibility.

Maybe this candidate thought my name was needed to provide that added influence for his election? Or maybe the unauthorized use of my name to endorse his candidacy was a tactic used, knowing full well there would be insufficient time to respond using an official Tahoe Donner communication vehicle before the election to notify the voting members of his unauthorized use of my name?

In all elections, I would hope everyone would base their vote on what you know about the candidate or the ballot measure and not vote on who you know is endorsing them. I strongly advise every Tahoe Donner property owner to investigate the issues and the candidates before you mark your ballots.

I urge everyone, whether it be in your local homeownersassociation election, town election or in the upcoming presidential election to base your vote on your own personal research into the issues and candidates. Please do not be mislead to vote for a candidate or ballot measure by the mere listing of someone else’s name, whom you respect and believe in, expecting what you read is the truth.

I do hope safeguards will be instituted in the future before the use of personal names appear in mailings that could have consequences to the governing of the Tahoe Donner Association.