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Candidate Crumpley: EDHCSD board needs a CPA

By From page A1 | September 26, 2012

EDHCSD candidate Terry Crumpley said the board could benefit from a CPA who would make sound fiscal decisions. Village life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills accountant, Little League mom and Tea Party conservative Terry Crumpley has thrown her three-cornered hat into the ring as a candidate for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors.

The self-employed CPA has become a familiar face in local meetings “where others make decisions that affect our lives,” she said. “And the really sad thing is that most people don’t even know those meetings are happening.”

Crumpley wants to change that. She sees the Tea Party and similar organizations — even those of the opposite ideology — as essential to creating the “informed electorate,” which founding fathers felt was essential for a democracy to flourish.

One way to inform the masses is at public meetings, and Crumpley’s attended them for the last four years, from Capitol Avenue in Sacramento to Fair Lane in Placerville. But the majority of her meeting time has been logged between Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills.

Another vehicle for advancing ideas and ideologies is the world-wide web. Crumpley builds websites and has created a beauty for her campaign, terryforedhcsd.com. She said she also a firmly believes in social media, with the Facebook page and Twitter followers to prove it. Local electeds who don’t follow suit fail to engage their constituencies, she said.

Her website includes the normal biographical chest-thumping but also dives deeper, delivering insightful observations about El Dorado Hills and a list of commitments.

Some are commonplace. During the campaign everyone vows to listen. Other Crumpley commitments are less prosaic, including a promise not to micro-manage the staff, a common practice in shrinking agencies, especially those with long-standing management vacancies hungry for operational leadership.

Crumpley blames much of the budgetary grief local agencies have experienced in recent years on the fact that their boards lack the financial expertise to make informed decisions, and yield to emotional appeals. “As a CPA I bring the experience to make those tough decisions,” she said.

Buried in her website, under “What I hope to achieve,” is a EDHCSD budget chart that reveals expenses come up nearly $400,000 short of projected revenues for 2012-13. Crumpley questions the $1.2 million budgeted in the muddy water of legal, professional and contract services, and promises to shine a bright light into the dark if elected.

Further down are goals for herself and the board which emphasize improved communications.

Conservative cred
Her website and her recent appearance before the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills made it  clear that candidate Crumpley believes in the principles of constitutionally limited government, free markets and fiscal responsibility, and wants the CSD to follow suit.

Those beliefs led her to help found the Diamond Springs-based Tea Party in the Hills and, more recently, co-found the Cameron Park-based Sierra Foothills Tea Party: Citizens in Action.

Recapping her conservative credentials before the El Dorado Hills crown, she said, “I would have started one here but you guys beat me to it.”

Crumpley remains active with all three groups, and counts the members as some of her best friends. “I’ve gotten to know the issues and I’ve met a lot of kind, generous people who care about this country.”

Crumpley lives with her husband Scott and their three children in the Hills of El Dorado subdivision, east of Bass Lake Road near the Cameron Park border. She initially attended the Cameron Park CSD meetings because her son’s Little League played on its fields. Her husband serves on the Little League board.

How does she fit all that activism in with her business and family responsibilities? “Sometimes I don’t,” she concedes. “I try to delegate, but the only people I’d want to do these things are just as busy as me.”

She’s gotten on her soap box  in recent years, challenging friends and neighbors to get more involved in local government. The campaign is her way of “putting my money where my mouth is,” she said.

Crumpley cites the current ruckus over the state fire prevention fee as a prime example of what can happen when the public isn’t engaged. She recalls a legislative hearing in Sacramento on the fee. “Ten of us went and we were the only ones there.”

Despite her fiscal frugality, she doesn’t advocate the cessation of all spending at the CSD. “We need to continue investing in what we’ve got, and be prudent with our future spending,” she explained.

Any new projects should be deemed worthy by the community and be financially viable, Crumpley added.

Crumpley would like to see the CSD adopt revenue generation strategies that target non-residents who enjoy CSD activities and events. She suggested a non-resident parking fee.

She confirmed the need for athletic fields and, as a Little League mom, has witnessed the competition for fields and resulting divisiveness. The candidate called for cooperation between El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park stakeholders to build either the long-dormant Bass Lake Regional Park or an expansion of Sellwood Park in eastern Serrano.

She devoured interim General Manager Rich Rodriguez’s farewell gift to the district, the expansive Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analysis, which, among other things, questions the CSD’s well-intentioned but often ineffective enforcement of Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions.

“We have to ask ourselves if we want to be in that business,” she said. “These days, homeowners associations typically do it.”

Despite the fact that she enjoyed a home-field advantage, of sorts, during the first candidate forum, the CPA was nervous before the meeting. She reviewed her talking points and reflected on the courage of the candidate.

“You know, it would be a whole lot safer to stay at home and curl up in the corner,” she joked. “But I couldn’t live with myself if I did that, not any more.”

Mike Roberts

Discussion | 29 comments

  • Mark MecklerSeptember 24, 2012 - 11:23 am

    Terry is the perfect example of the type of citizen we desperately need to step up and run for positions like this! Do all you can to support her. I know I am!

  • Ginny RapiniSeptember 25, 2012 - 7:20 pm

    I have had the privilege of working with Terry over the past three years and there is no more sincere, honest, hard working, honorable and intelligent woman. I consider her to be the best qualified person for this position and wouldn't be surprised to see the EDHCSD feel honored to have her serve her community.

  • Stephen ValentineSeptember 24, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    Ms. Crumpley has been an active Tea Party supporter for some time, exactly what the CSD needs. Conservative Certified Public Accountant to control the spending of Public Funds. I have no doubt that Ms. Crumpley will ensure our tax dollars are spent in the best way possible and not be spent just because the money is in the account. A hard working conservative board member is what we get with Ms. Crumpley and what we need to be fiscally sound.

  • Marie RobersonSeptember 25, 2012 - 12:44 pm

    Terry is what ever county needs a strong citizen who cares about who county and city. She is great friend, she believes in being Fiscal responsibility, limited government, and believe in the constitution. Please vote for her in November.

  • Kim ParigorisSeptember 25, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    I met Terry through the Tea Party movement and have stood by her through thick and thin, and believe me there have been a lot of periods of "thick" and she never lost her resolve. We need principled people like Terry who want to do the "right thing" and who are going to dig their heels in and make the tough decisions. Go Terry!

  • Tom WilesSeptember 25, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    It is offensive to see Mark Meckler and Judge Valentine endorsing a candidate who is well-known for immoral behavior. Even the Sheriff was aware of the scandal behind the split of TPITH. NEVER has this woman participated in public-community meetings anywhere near the Capitol or Placerville. Terry is an opportunist whose only goal is to build her name & business at the expense of others. The ends do not justify the means. Talk to those who she's burned. No wonder the Tea Party has lost credibility in EDC!

  • Mark MecklerSeptember 25, 2012 - 4:03 pm

    Tom, Last time I was at their tea party meeting, the Sheriff himself was in attendance and had great things to say about the tea party and Terry. I'm not sure what you're talking about, but instead of savage personal attacks, it would be great to see others step up and run if they themselves are better candidates. It takes a lot of guts to run for office, and I commend Terry for doing so. As for anonymous comments (from "Birds of a Feather"), it seems you lack the courage of your convictions. If you're going to attack, you better be sure enough of yourself and your accusations to use your own name. Anything less is cowardice.

  • Ginny RapiniSeptember 25, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    I certainly hope that you have actual facts to back up your slander. Could wind you up in some hot water. I'm offended that YOU think that your gossip and unfounded comments would make a difference. We'll see who's character stands the test.

  • Austin Ford, Jr.September 26, 2012 - 8:05 pm

    Terry and I have been involved starting and developing 3 Tea Parties that continue to be strong. My only complaint, she cares too deply about people and her country and not enough about herself. My guess is that hher detractors may have this reversed. I'll always have your back, Terry.

  • Dawn WildmanSeptember 25, 2012 - 1:32 pm

    Terry is exactly the type of person we all hope to have running for office sin CA. She is industrious, hard working and delivers on her promises. She is very attuned to what the public is talking about and cares about and would be a huge asset to any office.

  • Birds of a FeatherSeptember 25, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    Do a thorough background check on Ms. Crumpley before you cast your vote; question the individuals endorsing her. If they really know her history, then steer clear of all of them.

  • CuriousSeptember 25, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    I know nothing about Ms. Crumpley. What's with the innuendo? If there is information you think the voters should know about her or her history, share it or point us to a link somewhere so we can become informed. Vague accusations are worthless.

  • Feathered FriendsSeptember 25, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    Curious question: How much did Crumpley pay Alarcon to post this propaganda? For starters, go to the DA's website and read the 7/27/12 press release about Alarcon & Dellinger: http://www.co.el-dorado.ca.us/Government/ELDODA/Press_Releases.aspx Then ask the Freeman's how much blackmail-ransom they had to pay Crumpley for the now defunct TPITH website and distribution list. Then ask the former leaders about their experience with Crumpley that caused the scandalous TPITH split. As Paul Harvey used to say, "...and that's the rest of the story."

  • KatherineSeptember 25, 2012 - 4:05 pm

    Terry has not attended meetings in Sacramento or Placerville for the past 4 years. I attend many and have never seen her. Simply check the videos of meetings, you will not find her there. She does not attend tea party rallies. I go to all of them and have never seen her. She can not be trusted, she broke her wedding vows, now you want to trust her with your future? Her conduct has been less than stellar in the past, will it change in the future? She claims to be a Christian, but holds no Christian values. Ask yourself what she gains through a position on te EDHCSD board. Will she promote her home business than resign as she did with the Republican Central Committee? Do your homework before voting.

  • Jay L.September 25, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    Katherine, I first met Terry at the State Capital at a Tea Party Rally. Big Fail! She attends many, many Tea Party Meetings and is very active. I have seen her at other meetings around the area. I think that it is you that needs to do some homework. She is a good person and wants to make a difference and has my vote. Anyone that read Katherine's comment should consider the source.

  • Ginny RapiniSeptember 25, 2012 - 7:24 pm

    Katherine, you simply have NO idea what you're talking about. Terry has attended and even spoken at the rallies in Sacramento. I know because I am the one who coordinates all of the Sacramento rallies. Who are YOU???? Hummm - don't know you.

  • New taxes?September 25, 2012 - 5:04 pm

    Charging non residents for parking sounds like a tax to me. We don't need to discourage non residents from coming to El Dorado Hills by charging them for parking. As a CSD director parking is the last thing you should be thinking about to create revenue and really has nothing to do with the position of director. Revenue might be raised by building rentable picnic facilities in existing parks, offering more recreation classes and enhancing summer and after school youth programs tht are proven revenue generators. I think everyone here needs to attend the next candidate forum. I will be there. Anyone know when it is? It would be more productive than posting here. You know almost no one reads this online let alone the print version.

  • Terry CrumpleySeptember 25, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Thank you for your feedback. As a CSD Director, that is what I'll be looking for and highly encourage. I am very against any new taxes, of that I can assure you! I will seek community feedback on every important issue. The CSD exists for the community. I am thinking of creative revenue generation without any new fees or taxes. If the community thinks something is a bad idea then it certainly wouldn't be persued by me. We need to discuss fresh and new ideas with the people the CSD serves. We should be proactive and not reactive. Please look at my website: www.terryforedhcsd.com. Please email me at: [email protected] Thank you!

  • Mark MecklerSeptember 25, 2012 - 5:50 pm

    Katherine, I've been at multiple tea party meetings with Terry. So what you are saying is just blatantly, factually untrue. Seems like you have a personal axe to grind.

  • Virginia WSeptember 25, 2012 - 6:16 pm

    I can vouch for Terry's commitment to the Tea Party and its values. Terry was very helpful to my husband and I when we started a Tea Party. She attends our Tea Party pretty regularly and is always willing to be of assistence. I don't know what Katherine is talking about. Maybe she doesn't either.

  • Kim ParigorisSeptember 25, 2012 - 7:53 pm

    I have been to many Tea Party functions and have seen Terry at almost all of them. I first met her at the "Can You Hear Us Now" rally that she was very instrumental in organizing. We have confided to each other through rough times through the last 3 years and I have gotten to know her quite well and I know for a fact that Terry is one of the most dedicated Tea Party people I know. As far as quitting the Central Committee, if it is anything like the Central Committee in my county, she probably was as frustrated with the inaction, infighting and corruption that we have in ours. I quit my Central Committee also because my time was way too valuable to spin my wheels with the "good ol' boy" network, so quitting that organization just shows that she values her time and energy. Yes, I agree that Katherine must have a personal vendetta against Terry. Terry has given selflessly to the service of her country for the last 3.5 years and it is time that she enters in to a position where she can really make a difference.

  • Dawn WildmanSeptember 25, 2012 - 8:42 pm

    I actually did what was suggested and looked into Terry and what I found was really disturbing....she is a very invovled person in her community who cares how government treats it's citizens! WoW we should stone her for that...I really can't feel more sorry for peoeple who have nothing better to do but insult good people over personal grudges. Terry let this fire you up and make your resolve even more powerful. This experience will make you stronger and those who speak against you less so!

  • Sad to SeeSeptember 25, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    Anyone can make accusations. It's easy. It's disturbing to see such a unfounded, baseless claim made by someone without a shred of evidence. Claims designed to muddy the waters. This is how politics works for people who have no moral compass and who will do anything to win. And we wonder why good don't step up and lead?? Ms. Crumpley is the hardest working person I know. I have been extremely impressed with her drive, and spirit. She will do wonderful things for our community. Don't be distracted by people on a mission to destroy a persons character. When they can beat you on issues, they grasp for straws. They are shameless and need to crawl back into there cave. Keep up the good fight Terry. Idiots who make personal attacks are as worrisome as a cloudy day.

  • Janet BarbieriSeptember 25, 2012 - 9:10 pm

    Terry is one of the most dedicated, hard-working, principled people I've ever known. She believes with all her heart in doing what is right for her community and her country. And she's whip-smart. You won't find a more professional, creative, energetic person than Terry to sit on the CSD board. I would encourage everyone to check out her website, and come to any future candidate forums and get to know her.

  • Sue TaylorSeptember 26, 2012 - 1:10 am

    Terry is a hard worker, very informed regarding county issues, fiscally conservative and a wonderful person. Not being a professional politician she would work to serve her community, use common sense and not placate to special interests. Is that not what we would all like in a candidate? Shame on the person using alias names to spread innuendo and lies.

  • Dan CataniaSeptember 26, 2012 - 7:24 am

    I have known Terry for over 3 years. She is an outstanding individual and has worked tirelessly for her community. She is extremely honest, hard working and dependable. She truly cares about America and her community. As a Tea Party Leader I refrain from making endorsements. However as a property owner in El Dorado Hills I would be proud to have Terry serve our community. Speaking from personal experience, I know some one of her caliber is very much needed in that position. I am very grateful to her for stepping up to serve the community.

  • Gus LintSeptember 26, 2012 - 8:42 am

    Terry is a great women, and has wonderful values. Her background in her job makes her an ideal candidate.

  • is it just me?September 27, 2012 - 9:51 pm

    I am sorry Terry, I think we should re-elect Gertch and Mattock. Why not? Since they have been in office they have been responsible for wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in allowing…errr forcing Wayne Lowery to “Retire”. Hiring John Skeel. Forcing Mr. Skeel to “Take a personal leave of absence”..errr fire him for telling the truth. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF EL DORADO HILLS TAX PAYER DOLLARS WASTED TO RETAIN FRIENDSHIPS THAT ARE HARMING THIS COMMUNITY. IN ONLY 4 YEARS. WHAT A SHAME! People, do you want another Tony Rogozinski? That is what we will get with Don Clark. Look! People, do you want another Wayne Lowery? That is what you get with Bill Tobin. Together again! That would mean..Sorry Billy, you’re on your own. For another Two years.

  • Yes, It's Just YouSeptember 30, 2012 - 7:10 pm

    How in the world do you equate Bill Tobin with Wayne Lowery?



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