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Vote Bill Wolpert - October 29 Email

Subject: El Dia de los Muertos, Candlelight Procession

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.

The past three months have been a time of great change and much learning.  Being a candidate is harder than I’d expected, but also more rewarding.

I’ve been gratified by the work that old friends have undertaken to promote my candidacy.

And I’ve been deeply touched by the strangers who have reached out, unbidden, to offer their help, thinking that I would bring a new and needed voice to the City Council.

But all the good feelings notwithstanding, being a candidate is exhausting.  For the month of October, I asked my campaign team to keep every Saturday evening free of campaign events so my wife and I could participate in the festivities for Petaluma’s El Dia de los Muertos.

Much of my youth was spend in a small Central Valley agricultural community.  Much of the town was Latino.  My classmates and friends were largely Latino.  My Spanish was never very good, but I retain great affection for Latino culture.  Stepping into the Dia de los Muertos festivities is like stepping back into the embrace of my hometown.

I don’t go as a candidate.  Instead, I attend as someone who enjoys the richness of our Latino community. When so much of the discourse at the national level is divisive, I find I am grounded in the diversity of our ethnicity.  I want to find ways to make Petaluma a better, more encompassing community.  A place where we thrive together.

However, at the Lunada last Saturday, my attendance was noted.  Several of the organizers have asked me to speak during the candlelight procession this evening.  I’ve agreed, but only if my words be considered not as a campaign speech, but as a quest for uniting as a community and as gratitude for different cultures.

I encourage you to join me this evening.  If you’ve never been, I think you’ll find the experience fun, culturally rich, and inspirational.  But if we bump into each other, don’t ask me about politics.  I’ll be hosting a town hall Tuesday evening, about which I’ll email soon.  That will be time enough to return to being a candidate.

I've been sharing what I think about the present and future of Petaluma.  But I also want to know what you think.  You can reply to this email, 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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