SIMI VALLEY – A quick look at the endorsements for the two candidates in the 4th District county supervisors race shows that local political leaders are split on who to back. On one hand, Jim Dantona has longtime county Supervisor John Flynn, Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson, three Simi school board members and major service and teachers unions. Opponent Peter Foy boasts law enforcement stalwarts Sheriff Bob Brooks, District Attorney Greg Totten and Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller – the city’s former police chief – plus Simi Valley Councilman Glen Becerra and two Moorpark council members. Foy also lists the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association among his endorsements. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Williamson said she was supporting Dantona because of his experience. “He has … a track record as far as government is concerned. We derive a lot of money from Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and nobody has better connections than Jim Dantona with those two entities,” she said. “Mr. Foy may have a nice smile, but he’s a empty suit. I’ve been in Simi Valley for 34 years, and I never heard Mr. Foy’s name until he decided to run for supervisor.” But Becerra called Foy a “fine gentleman” and said his business experience will provide a major asset for the county. “I know him. He’s an upstanding, ethical, community-minded person,” Becerra said. “I think Peter’s leadership will go a long way to helping the county conduct its business more efficiently and more productively. We need somebody who does that every day in his own business.” Dantona, a consultant who has worked for years with government leaders, stresses that experience, while Foy, an insurance company owner and rancher, says his business acumen will help him keep down government costs. Foy and Dantona, who beat 12-year incumbent Judy Mikels in the June primary, are both campaigning to protect open space, support law enforcement and cut government waste, traditionally key issues for voters in the district’s Simi Valley and Moorpark areas. They both oppose using the Simi Valley Landfill for trash from outside Ventura County. Foy, 50, said he and his wife moved to Simi Valley 22 years ago and started a business at their kitchen table that now provides health coverage to thousands of local families. He stressed that he is a businessman rather than a politician. Public office should be public service, not a career, and he would resist back-room deals and wasteful spending, he said. “I do not believe in raising taxes,” he said. “It’s important we find the efficiencies we need to eliminate waste so that we can support law enforcement and other services.” Dantona, 58, said his work at all levels of government gives him experience Foy lacks to deal with citizens’ concerns about the environment, immigration and other issues. Foy has stressed law enforcement and illegal immigration since the beginning of his campaign, but Dantona says he is also a strong supporter of law enforcement and helped draft legislation against driver’s licenses for illegal aliens. And he said his experience working with federal officials will help him recoup the county’s costs of illegal immigration. Foy called illegal immigration in the United States a crisis. “I want to make sure our citizens are getting the benefits they need, and not illegal immigrants,” he said. “With law enforcement we need to work to make sure that our jails are not full with illegal immigrants.” Dantona said Foy “has no record of any involvement in this community whatsoever until the day he filed for office.” “The biggest issue that resonates with voters is development,” Dantona said. “I am a smart growth candidate. When I’m elected I will enact a tougher hillside ordinance to stop any development on our hills. I’ve taken a very tough position against (contamination at the) Rocketdyne (Santa Susana Field Laboratory). I want to clean up the site and initiate an investigation.” Dantona also used the development issue in his campaign against Mikels, saying she tended to favor developers in conflicts with ordinary citizens. In the primary, Foy came out first with 38 percent of the vote, followed by Dantona with 32 percent and Mikels with 28 percent. Foy, who has loaned his campaign nearly $200,000, has outspent Dantona, who loaned himself $50,000. Their campaign finance statements indicate Dantona has spent more than $169,000, while Foy has spent over $235,000 through the end of September. Dantona’s financial supporters include union representatives and teachers, and Foy has received contributions from Ventura County farmers among others. The race is nonpartisan, but the 4th District is heavily Republican. Foy, a Republican, and Dantona, a Democrat, both claim endorsements from a who’s who of local political leaders. Besides Flynn and Williamson, Dantona’s endorsements include the Ventura County firefighters union, the local United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1036, the Service Employees International Union’s Local 988, the Simi Valley and Moorpark teachers unions, and Arleigh Kidd, a Simi Valley teachers union leader and executive director of the California Teachers Association. Aside from law enforcement, Foy’s backers include Mikels, Moorpark council members Keith Millhouse and Janice Parvin and Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Director Elaine Freeman. firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!