Rexroad Charges Racism in Woodland Vote

For those of you who believe that Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad is merely a right wing hack read on. Perhaps he is now auditioning for a sister blog–the People’s Vanguard of Woodland which looks into the Dark Underbelly of Woodland.

I jest on this point but I was reminded as I read this of something that Rexroad told me last summer after he voted against peripheral growth in Davis–some in the Woodland Republican party dislike him because they think he’s a liberal.

Anyway the impetus of the following blog was the election results in Woodland which featured a couple of candidates with Hispanic Surnames and who Matt Rexroad believed got fewer votes than they should have.

Here is his blog entry from Wednesday morning:

“Woodland has a great history of having minorities serve in public office. Personally, I am not a believer in the idea that a person should be in office only because of their race. That to me is discrimination.

Here is my problem with the election results from last night. I think race played a role in some of the results.

We all have different views of the candidates. That is fine. To each their own.

We had a couple races where there was a clear distinction in terms of the ability of the candidates to serve. No reasonable person could possibly look at the candidates and not make the clear choice. Yet, these side-show candidates got hundreds of votes.

It is a free country and anyone can run for office. I will never think otherwise. However, I have noticed over the years that when we have an exceptional candidate with a “different” sounding name (often times Latino) running against someone with an Anglo name and few credentials the Anglo candidate gets way more votes than would be expected.

We have some voters out there in Woodland that are discriminating against candidates based on their surname. Seems pretty clear to me.

We have a free country …. that sometime provides disappointing outcomes.”

Woodland Daily Democrat Editor Jim Smith chimed in as well:

“I think Rexroad has a point, but I’ll take it a step further. I think Woodlanders did what they always do when there are no issues of substance: Voted for an old-town family name and an “Anglo” name. I think voters did the right thing in returning Carol Souza Cole to the School Board. I also think they did the right thing in voting to put Rosario Ruiz-Dark on the board as well. Ruiz-Dark is a sharp, smart person. She’s also a native Woodlander with a well-known name, and those who voted went for what was familiar.

Now, given a choice between two “newcomers” to Woodland, Evis Morales and Michael Blackwood, those few who went to the polls selected Blackwood over Morales. Rexroad endorsed Morales, so I can see why he thought Morales should have finished higher in the polls.

But Blackwood has an Anglo name and those who voted were most likely middle-aged and white, and were probably long-time local residents. So the voters went with whom they felt comfortable, people like themselves.

It’s appalling our town would do this, but probably not surprising. “

In case people believe they misread Matt Rexroad’s words, he reiterated his point yesterday morning:

“NEWS FLASH — race is in the equation. I’m just pointing out what is true. I’m not advocating it. I’m making an observation about something I think is wrong in Woodland.

For those of you that can’t read between the lines Cirenio should have gotten every vote but one — that of his opponent. Further, there is no reason that Evis Morales should have done substantially worse than than Blackwood.”

I do not know enough about Woodland to know if he is right or wrong on this one, I suspect that he is correct, however.

A bigger point to be made–love Matt Rexroad, hate Matt Rexroad, the guy is willing to go out there and speak his mind, even if it pisses off his base. Someone the other day posted from my thoughts about Rexroad a year ago, frankly, I could not have been more wrong about the guy. Do I agree with his politics most of the time? No. He is far more conservative than I am. On local issues, I probably agree with him more. I think he has been a good ally for Davis on the Board of Supervisors especially on growth issues. But more than that, I respect his willingness to go out there and speak his mind.

Frankly, I think this statement is going to hurt him politically with some in his base. I hope he has built up enough capital to get past it, but he stepped out on a pretty big limb here.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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  • David Greenwald

    Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. I don’t know anything about Woodland politics, but I think it’s great that Rexroad had the guts to come out and say what he did. Unfortunately, there are racists everywhere – in both parties – and the only way to overcome it is to speak out against it. As a republican, I also think it’s great that Rexroad spoke his mind because too, too often, liberals believe Republicans are racist, which is not only inaccurate, but personally hurtful. Let’s hope that Rexroad is able to turn this into something positive for woodland.

  2. I don’t know anything about Woodland politics, but I think it’s great that Rexroad had the guts to come out and say what he did. Unfortunately, there are racists everywhere – in both parties – and the only way to overcome it is to speak out against it. As a republican, I also think it’s great that Rexroad spoke his mind because too, too often, liberals believe Republicans are racist, which is not only inaccurate, but personally hurtful. Let’s hope that Rexroad is able to turn this into something positive for woodland.

  3. I don’t know anything about Woodland politics, but I think it’s great that Rexroad had the guts to come out and say what he did. Unfortunately, there are racists everywhere – in both parties – and the only way to overcome it is to speak out against it. As a republican, I also think it’s great that Rexroad spoke his mind because too, too often, liberals believe Republicans are racist, which is not only inaccurate, but personally hurtful. Let’s hope that Rexroad is able to turn this into something positive for woodland.

  4. I don’t know anything about Woodland politics, but I think it’s great that Rexroad had the guts to come out and say what he did. Unfortunately, there are racists everywhere – in both parties – and the only way to overcome it is to speak out against it. As a republican, I also think it’s great that Rexroad spoke his mind because too, too often, liberals believe Republicans are racist, which is not only inaccurate, but personally hurtful. Let’s hope that Rexroad is able to turn this into something positive for woodland.

  5. DPD: Please give us a little history of Woodland Councilman/Supervisor Rexroad’s public voting record on Woodland peripheral growth. Yolo Republican(both offical and closet-type)political players have little problem with his political rhetoric,that has the potential to attract Democratic voters to his Republican run at the 6th District Assembly seat,as long as it remains just talk and he doesn’t challenge the status quo where it counts.. I will remain skeptical of Supervisor Max Rexroad , professional political consultant for Republican candidates in CA, until his voting record(especially tie-breaking) demonstrates his commitment to his rhetoric.

  6. DPD: Please give us a little history of Woodland Councilman/Supervisor Rexroad’s public voting record on Woodland peripheral growth. Yolo Republican(both offical and closet-type)political players have little problem with his political rhetoric,that has the potential to attract Democratic voters to his Republican run at the 6th District Assembly seat,as long as it remains just talk and he doesn’t challenge the status quo where it counts.. I will remain skeptical of Supervisor Max Rexroad , professional political consultant for Republican candidates in CA, until his voting record(especially tie-breaking) demonstrates his commitment to his rhetoric.

  7. DPD: Please give us a little history of Woodland Councilman/Supervisor Rexroad’s public voting record on Woodland peripheral growth. Yolo Republican(both offical and closet-type)political players have little problem with his political rhetoric,that has the potential to attract Democratic voters to his Republican run at the 6th District Assembly seat,as long as it remains just talk and he doesn’t challenge the status quo where it counts.. I will remain skeptical of Supervisor Max Rexroad , professional political consultant for Republican candidates in CA, until his voting record(especially tie-breaking) demonstrates his commitment to his rhetoric.

  8. DPD: Please give us a little history of Woodland Councilman/Supervisor Rexroad’s public voting record on Woodland peripheral growth. Yolo Republican(both offical and closet-type)political players have little problem with his political rhetoric,that has the potential to attract Democratic voters to his Republican run at the 6th District Assembly seat,as long as it remains just talk and he doesn’t challenge the status quo where it counts.. I will remain skeptical of Supervisor Max Rexroad , professional political consultant for Republican candidates in CA, until his voting record(especially tie-breaking) demonstrates his commitment to his rhetoric.

  9. Matt has been great to work with on several issues including resistance to peripheral growth and support for bicycle safety. He is straightforward and does speak his mind. He also takes the time to respond promptly to voter emails and requests.

    No I don’t agree with everything he does. Give the man some credit. He’s a lot more involved than most politicians and willing to listen to the people he represents.

  10. Matt has been great to work with on several issues including resistance to peripheral growth and support for bicycle safety. He is straightforward and does speak his mind. He also takes the time to respond promptly to voter emails and requests.

    No I don’t agree with everything he does. Give the man some credit. He’s a lot more involved than most politicians and willing to listen to the people he represents.

  11. Matt has been great to work with on several issues including resistance to peripheral growth and support for bicycle safety. He is straightforward and does speak his mind. He also takes the time to respond promptly to voter emails and requests.

    No I don’t agree with everything he does. Give the man some credit. He’s a lot more involved than most politicians and willing to listen to the people he represents.

  12. Matt has been great to work with on several issues including resistance to peripheral growth and support for bicycle safety. He is straightforward and does speak his mind. He also takes the time to respond promptly to voter emails and requests.

    No I don’t agree with everything he does. Give the man some credit. He’s a lot more involved than most politicians and willing to listen to the people he represents.

  13. I’m a liberal Democrat and I have a lot of respect for Matt Rexroad…even more than some electeds who refer to themselves as Democrat but don’t abide by true Democratic principles.

    I don’t always agree with Rexroad, but I appreciate his straightforwardness.

  14. I’m a liberal Democrat and I have a lot of respect for Matt Rexroad…even more than some electeds who refer to themselves as Democrat but don’t abide by true Democratic principles.

    I don’t always agree with Rexroad, but I appreciate his straightforwardness.

  15. I’m a liberal Democrat and I have a lot of respect for Matt Rexroad…even more than some electeds who refer to themselves as Democrat but don’t abide by true Democratic principles.

    I don’t always agree with Rexroad, but I appreciate his straightforwardness.

  16. I’m a liberal Democrat and I have a lot of respect for Matt Rexroad…even more than some electeds who refer to themselves as Democrat but don’t abide by true Democratic principles.

    I don’t always agree with Rexroad, but I appreciate his straightforwardness.

  17. Matt is probably right.

    What is sad is this type of
    voting could probably be seen in ALL races.

    Now, where in our little wonderful town could there be republicans prentending to be democrats?
    Hmmm…..

  18. Matt is probably right.

    What is sad is this type of
    voting could probably be seen in ALL races.

    Now, where in our little wonderful town could there be republicans prentending to be democrats?
    Hmmm…..

  19. Matt is probably right.

    What is sad is this type of
    voting could probably be seen in ALL races.

    Now, where in our little wonderful town could there be republicans prentending to be democrats?
    Hmmm…..