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on Aug 29, 2014
I agree, this state law seems overly restrictive.
Well, with the story of the Purple Heart, we know he was a great man for our country.
Now,using retired aerospace engineer, we will also understand that he was also a "rocket scientist".
I think the law is odd, to say the least. But, now we will hear about 2 sides of this man.
To Unangst: I don't think it will hurt you. Good luck in the race!
Greg: The claimed designation of "retired Lt Col" is inaccurate vav "most recent job". It's in the guidelines.
IF this candidate cannot even read/understand the guidelines for listing his candidacy, or willingly follow those guidelines... then he cannot have my vote. His attempt to "spin" the guidelines and his arrogant reactions to the challenge means that for me, he is a lost cause.
A lie is a lie.
Congrats to this brave (former) warrior...He can lead, he can decide, he is energenic and gets my vote.
I would assume that he can list his military rank and service in his statement and mailers.
Go for it Col.
George (four years enlisted man of many years ago. I salute you Sir.
Did anyone else find it strange that everyone identified in the article had a first and last name except for Greg Unangst?
Why do people focus on small things all the time?
So Lieutenant Colonel Unangst bases a large part of his campaign on being a decorated and retired member of the United States military (for which he should be commended), and not much else?
You would think that he would want to emphasize his connections to the community, and why those connections would make him the right candidate for the job.
Unangst will make a great politician. He is already practicing by trying to circumvent clearly written laws that don't seem fair to "him".
*** Now until 8 PM *** August 29th
"Meet and Greet" Mountain View City Council Candidates over the next few weeks at the Milk Pail.
Today between 5 and 8 pm Greg Unangst will be at our "Campaign Table" answering your questions about what he can do for you, the Mountain View Voter!
( a comment from Steve. As the comments to this article suggest, the community has many diverse opinions on many diverse issues. Come talk with Greg Unangst this evening and ASK HIM DIRECTLY why he values his declaration that he is a "retired lieutenant colonel". I hope John Schaeffer, someone who hasn't yet met Candidate Unangst, can find time to speak directly with Greg Unangst this evening! This is how the public can become informed about our candidates and what is important to them!)
Being misleading and devious is not a good way to begin the campaign to win a position of trust, respect and responsibility.
Read the rules and abide by them or when caught your credability suffers.
Do not just adhere to the rules you believe in.
If the rules need to be changed there are proper ways to do that.
Mr. Unangst may have many good qualities but I would now look carefully at his statements.
As is pointed out in the article Federal law allows retired service members to say as such. Federal law has precedence in this case, I believe. I'm just glad that someone who fought communists in Vietnam is running for city council to fight the same kind of anti-business socialist/communists or big labor sycophants that we've had to deal with on the council in the past.
Lieutenant Colonel Greg Unangst, thank you for serving the country. It was our country back then.
"state law requires a retired candidate to use their most recent employment on a ballot"
and "federal law states "A retired officer of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps may bear the title and wear the uniform of his retired grade."
I do not see where state law precludes you from using "retired lieutenant colonel" only that you are required to use "retired aerospace engineer"
So your title should read "Retired Army Reserve Lieuenant Colenel Greg Unangst, Retired Aerospace Enginner.
It is interesting that someone other than the candidate, should get to choose your title, and that your title should be dictated as your most recent occupation, rather than a title that most characterizes values they stand for.
If a Candidate had never held a job....
If a Candidate was recently released from prison....
If Bill Clinton ran for Council, and his most recent employment was, he received a free dinner for unplugging the mens room toilet......
It is good Greg gets dipped in a fresh coat of City of Mountain View, as he heads for Council....
Thank you, Steve, for hosting our city's candidates. Another reason we should all stand behind our small, home-grown businesses to be sure they can survive here. They participate in our community. I hope many turned out tonight to find out who Greg Unangst really is.
@Es, wow that's an astute observation! My guess is it's an oversight on the part of the reporter and editor, and not intentional.
I also do not think that Greg Unangst is in any way trying to manipulate the rules, as the state and federal rules contradict each other. How a candidate chooses to define him or herself has long been a topic of discussion. How can any of us be summarized by a single job title?
I too served as a Lieutenant in the Army during the Vietnam War and so i appreciate Mr.Unangst's commitment to "Duty, Honor, Country."
However, the Vietnam War is in the past and Mountain View needs leaders who live in the present and have plans to improve our future. Mountain View, south of 101, is already the most densely populated city in Santa Clara County. Adding high-density housing in great numbers will only exacerbate that condition. I am concerned that traffic, parking, and quality of life will suffer if Mr., Unangst is elected.
I am supporting the two candidates who appreciate our neighborhoods and have creative solutions to improve the status of the middle class rather than build, build, build! These two are Lisa Matichak and Mercedes Salem.
Is there any law that says he cannot use both?
"So Lieutenant Colonel Unangst bases a large part of his campaign on being a decorated and retired member of the United States military"
says the person with the name "UC Davis Grad". Hilarious and embarrassing.
@Steve: Anything INTELLIGENT you would like to offer here? Or is just more of your middle-school snark?
Anyone who has ever run a large community organization knows that 1% of the members cause 99% of your aggravation. People like John Schaeffer seem to come out of the woodwork, drop their little grenade then fade away only to return later with some other minor issue.
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