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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of OrovilleCandidate for City Council

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Linda Draper

Retired Teacher
1,926 votes (14.93%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I feel Oroville must pursue efforts to find an affordable source of water. Our residents and businesses are struggling because of high water rates.
  • I oppose efforts to weaken our police and fire departments. Rather than cut their pay by 20%, there are many areas in the budget we can cut. Repairing the budget is a priority.
  • We must encourage a more business-friendly climate and attract businesses that pay a living wage for residents.



Profession:Retired high school teacher, Oroville Union High School District.
Executive Board Member, Butte County Central Committee — Elected position (2016–current)
High school English teacher., Oroville Union High School District (1991–2010)


CSU Chico BA Degree, English (1991)

Community Activities

Communications chair on steering committee., Save Oroville Trees (2014–current)
Founding member and member of steering committee., L.O.W.R. (Lower Oroville Water Rates) (2016–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Oroville Secondary Teachers Association
  • Plumbers/Steamfitters/Refrigeration Local 228
  • Central Labor Council of Butte & Glenn Counties

Organizations (4)

  • Oroville Police Officers Association
  • Southside Oroville Community Resource Center
  • Oroville Firefighters Officers Associaton
  • I.B.E.W. Local 340 Sacramento/Redding

Official Statement

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: Butte County Clerk-Recorder

Linda Draper
Member, City Council City of Oroville
Occupation: Retired Teacher 

My name is Linda Draper and I’m asking for your vote. In the thirty years I’ve lived in Oroville, I’ve seen downtown steadily decline. We have a gem of a city with unique historical sites and a beautiful river, yet we have many challenges. My areas of concern include:

Repair the budget and public safety: The City has a deficit of $1.1 million. We must stop over-spending and use the funds we have more efficiently. Public safety is also crucial; we need a fully staffed police and fire department. Every resident and business is entitled to protection of their lives and property.

Fair water rates: Many residents pay the highest costs for water in the county. I’ve spoken before the California Public Utilities Commission against the latest rate increase, and I’m also a founding member of L.O.W.R. (Lower Oroville Water Rates). We are striving to find a solution to this problem.

Protect businesses: Local businesses are dealing with issues ranging from high water costs to lack of parking. We must support them while creating a climate that encourages new businesses to open. We also need manageable economic development that will bring new jobs.

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