Mike Maggard

April 2008

Supervisor Mike Maggard, 3rd District, has had to sharpen his tennis game lately because his wife, Mary, kept beating him on a regular basis. Together with their two children, the Maggard family hikes and bikes, and enjoys exploring the Central Coast.

One of their favorite places to go for a walk, which they call their own personal "Sherwood Forest," is immediately north of San Simeon. "The trail opens up into a eucalyptus and cyprus row. The moss hangs down from the trees and you can listen to the wind and hear the trees creek and sway," Supervisor Maggard says. "We have spent many hours there hiking and enjoying nature."

"The world needs more people that have a passion for something," Supervisor Maggard says. "'Find something that you are passionate about and pursue it.
As active members of their church, Valley Bible Fellowship, the Maggard family has delighted in helping others. Mary is a leader of women's ministries at their church. His oldest son, Jacob, is married and works in the ministry and hopes to continue in that field. His second son, Andrew, is an Airborne Ranger in the United States Army stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington.

"The world needs more people that have a passion for something," Supervisor Maggard says. "'Find something that you are passionate about and pursue it. We live in a community where one individual person can make a tremendous difference. It's not like that everywhere."

Supervisor Maggard also helps with projects at the Bakersfield Rescue Mission where he volunteers his time one or two Sunday mornings a month.

Sworn in to the Board of Supervisors in January 2007, Supervisor Maggard says this is the "hardest job I have ever had. The county's issues are huge and complicated, but I love it."

With his position, he tries to raise the level of accountability of government so the people he serves can have increased confidence. He is especially excited about a visioning process he hopes to achieve in Oildale this spring through a Sharette, a French word to describe a community meeting. He says it "will be like a town hall meeting on steroids."

"There are areas of our community that have suffered from not having a vision of what they can become," he says. "The idea is to come up with a visual depiction of what they want to become retail, restaurants, what types of residential they want to have, opportunities for public art, and a way to reflect the culture of the community into their lifestyle."

"This will do what Vision 20/20 did for Bakersfield about a decade ago," he says.

When he's not helping others, he does enjoy reading. He recently read a book entitled, "Halftime: Changing Your Game Plan from Success to Significance," by Bob Buford. This book examines the two halves of your life the first half you strive to find financial stability, and the second half you find significance. Supervisor Maggard related to this book because "it helps you prepare for life beyond just work."

"Eventually most people reach the point where they aren't going to work, and if all of your values are tied up in work, what are you going to do when you don't work any more?" he asks.

Here's a favorite BBQ meal Mike likes to make for his family:


Marinate one large flank steak overnight in a mixture of:

1/4 cup soy sauce

2 Tbs. salad oil

2 Tbs. honey

1 Tbs. wine vinegar

1 clove minced garlic

1 tsp. minced fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger

Broil or BBQ approximately 5 7 minutes each side. Slice thinly on diagonal. Makes six servings.
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