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Letters To The Editor 11-2-22

Fish Fry Success


Dear Editor,

To our ever-amazing community of Oakdale, we at the IMDES group would like to thank everyone that supported us at our 10th Annual Fish Fry on October 22nd!

Our grateful thanks to all of you who donated raffle, silent and live auction items, for those who purchased tickets and all the volunteers who came together to make another ‘Sold Out’ crowd night a tremendous success. It is because of all of YOU, who in some way contributed to our continued success and we love you!

We look forward to seeing you Saturday, February 18, 2023 for our Fourth Annual Marinated Crab Dinner; watch for ticket information soon!

Most sincerely,

John C. Bairos and the IMDES Board



Mickey Manuel For OJUSD


Dear Editor,

This letter is to our neighbors and community.

We would like to shine some light on a great Mom, Veteran, and community member. As OHS graduates and parents with children in Oakdale Schools, we are excited for Mickey Manuel, OJUSD Board Candidate.

Our favorite thing about Mickey is her service to others. As a USAF veteran who deployed overseas after 9/11, as a healthcare worker serving patients, and as a volunteer in our community. Mickey has 10 years of experience serving and volunteering with Oakdale schools both inside and outside of the classroom. She supports our teachers and staff not only through her words but through her actions.

We value Mickey’s willingness to listen. Mickey embraces the Oakdale spirit of being a team and working together. She has great ideas for growing communication and relationships so that our board meetings run smoothly and so that everyone feels welcome and heard.

We appreciate Mickey’s participation at board meetings. When Mickey speaks she always comes prepared and speaks with purpose, respect, and honesty. She shows us how she would serve as a board member. Her recent efforts to work with the district, and OPD on the fentanyl crisis and getting Narcan on our campuses made us feel safe and proud. We love to see everyone working together for the best of our kids and teachers.

Her hands-on experience with our schools, positive relationship with staff, career experience, and volunteerism all uniquely prepare and qualify her to continue serving our community and lead OJUSD into the future.

With proven dedication to our schools, she has earned the support of Oakdale families, teachers, and the community.

Please join us and our family and vote for Mickey Manuel for OJUSD Area 1.

Derrick and Laura Cunningham



Weigh Council Options


Dear Editor,

With the upcoming election, there is much to consider. Important decisions will be made that will affect our future. On a local level, it is imperative that our City Council work together as a team.

Christopher Smith and Kaleigh Gilbert are the two candidates that have proven their willingness to work as a team, volunteer their time at numerous community events, listen to community members’ concerns and have demonstrated their commitment to keeping Oakdale strong!

Christopher has a proven history of perfect attendance at every City Council meeting since his election. Only someone genuinely interested in making a difference would make that commitment. Oakdale will do well be re-electing Christopher Smith to the City Council.

Kaleigh Gilbert brings a fresh, energetic, and innovative touch to her outreach and work in the community. Coming from many generations of the A. L. Gilbert family, she has a personal stake in a town that means so much to her. I have heard some say, “Oh, she’s young and not experienced.”

I say, “She is the perfect choice to bring a balance to our five-member Council and provide a voice for the younger generation, while respecting the traditions for so many.”

Please join me in supporting and others in voting for Christopher Smith and Kaleigh Gilbert for Oakdale City Council. Mail in ballots have been delivered! Send yours in today or remember to vote on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.


Karen M. O’Bannon