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Two strong candidates for Napa County supervisor

Two strong candidates for Napa County supervisor

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I have a problem we all dream of. I have been doing my job, a job I love, for a career. I am getting close to retiring from that job at the end of next year. I have been lucky enough to have had two people assisting me on that job for many years, both of whom I think would be absolutely perfect for the job. I can say in all confidence that Napa will be extremely well served by either Joelle Gallagher or David Graves.

Joelle is my present planning commissioner. She has been a marvelous planning commissioner and many of us remember that she started out as the executive director of the Napa County Farm Bureau and the Napa Valley Grape Growers; she has immersed herself in the vital issues of the valley. But I have always realized she is so much more. Joelle has worked hard in the fields of health and human services and knows and loves our social nonprofits. She has chaired or co-chaired Live Healthy Napa County and Napa's Housing Coalition; she has also been the executive director of COPE Family Center and First Five Napa County.

David was my first planning commissioner, serving nearly 10 years in that role. Talk about being immersed in the vital issues of our county. David has served the county in many roles; Blue Ribbon Committee on Napa Sanitation District, Groundwater Resources Advisory Committee, Watershed Information and Conservation Council, Agriculture Protection Advisory Committee and right now he serves on the Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) and the Napa Sanitation District. David does not phone in any of his roles. He goes above and beyond on all. In fact he is the chair of the GSA as we speak.

As you can see both David and Joelle have been invaluable partners for me doing my job on the Board of Supervisors for the 20-plus years I have been here. They are smart, articulate and passionate for Napa County. Both are trusted leaders in our community, ready to hit the ground running January 2023. I whole heartily endorse Joelle and David for Supervisor District 1.

Brad Wagenknecht

District 1 Supervisor, Napa County

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