In America, a debacle like last year's Florida election was an embarrassment to us all. In the end, it came down to just plain bad management: it never should have happened.

As Chief Deputy County Clerk, my job is to make sure that the legitimacy of our elections is beyond question.

This year, the Yolo County Grand Jury gave our office highest marks after the meticulous review it conducted in the wake of the Florida mess. But we cannot rest on the laurels of past successful elections and I will continue to review and update all office operations in order to provide the same level of quality service as your elected County Clerk.