Hammond hopes second time is charm in CSD bidBy: By Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
EL DORADO HILLS CA - Chuck Hammond has years of experience working in public service and said he is the right choice for a seat on the El Dorado Hills Community Service District’s board.
The 69-year-old insurance agent has lived in El Dorado Hills for the past six years and currently is a basketball coach for the CSD. He unsuccessfully sought a seat on the board two years ago, losing only by a handful of votes.
He said he’s running because he enjoys public service.
“I’ve been in public service quite a while. I was the mayor of Fairfield (in 1993),” Hammond said. “Serving the public is something I like and it’s an honor to serve.”
He said he deserves the public’s votes because he cares.
“I’m a connector and can bring people together. I go to the board meeting. I want you to come to the meetings and I want to know the people I’m serving.”
As Hammond sees it, the biggest challenge facing CSD is getting everyone to work together.
“When I first started to run I went and got a list of everybody that works for CSD and I asked each and every one of them what was their biggest (concern) and they said that no one works together,” Hammond said. “We can’t have that. People have to want to go to work and want to be there.”
If elected he hopes to garner togetherness in town, get the public involved in the community and promote El Dorado Hills as a great place to live.
“The first thing I want to do is to get more continuity and more togetherness in our town. I am also going to get you to volunteer. If you get involved in your town, your town is going to get better,” he said.
“I also want people to look at El Dorado Hills as a place where they want to raise their kids. You can’t accomplish this by sitting in the house. You have to get out and promote the area, get involved and volunteer.”
Hammond has been married for 42 years and has two grown sons.