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Vote Bill Wolpert - October 20 Email

Let’s Talk About Voting Strategies

My name is Bill Wolpert.  I’m running for Petaluma City Council.  This is another installment in my continuing conversation with the voters of Petaluma.

Many of my supporters have been suggesting that voters use a “one-and-done” strategy, voting for only me in the Council race and not using their other two votes.

I appreciate their enthusiasm and encourage them to follow their hearts, but one-and-done is not the official position of this campaign.  I believe too much in the role of voting in a robust democracy to suggest that people surrender even a handful of their votes because a candidate asks.

The decision on how to use your City Council votes should instead be based on what you want to accomplish in this election.

If your primary goal is getting me elected, then I agree that one-and-done is an effective strategy and I thank you very much.

But if you care about shaping the remainder of the Council, then you should use one or both of your other votes.  As much as my opponents like to portray themselves as interchangeable, they would all bring specific skills to the Council.  One is a tireless advocate of parks and youth sports.  Another is an expert at deep dives into policies.  The third has good ties to communities that need strong voices.

If those skills matter to you, then by all means vote for one or two of my opponents.

All I ask is two things.  First, that you vote.  (As a reminder, if you haven’t registered, you still have four days to do so.)  Second, that you vote for me.  What you do with the remainder of your City Council ballot is up to you and your vision for Petaluma.

I've begun sharing what I think about the present and future of Petaluma.  But I also want to know what you think.  Send me a message from my website or talk to me at one of the events listed on my website.  I care about your opinions.

Bill Wolpert

Candidate, Petaluma City Council

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Bill Wolpert for Petaluma City Council
40 Fourth St., Box 278
Petaluma, CA 94952
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