Geoff Ellsworth announces campaign for St Helena mayor, WWW endorses

Dear friend,

Geoff EllsworthI am excited to announce that I will be a candidate for St. Helena Mayor this November.

St. Helena deserves proactive, visionary and reliable leadership from its Mayor to compliment the recent progress the rest of the Council and staff have made for local residents.

The City Council, along with our new City Manager, has made great strides to address deferred maintenance needs, the failure to address needed capital improvements, poor fiscal oversight, and the lack of sound planning.  We also established an Ad Hoc Water Rate Committee and with meaningful rate-payer engagement, we revised water rates to more reasonable levels.  We have enacted stronger accounting and fraud control processes and are moving forward with solutions to housing affordability and reliable water supplies.

We also formed the St. Helena Asset Planning Engagement (SHAPE) Committee, which is a first step toward better long term asset management and understanding of the City’s current and prospective financial condition.

Unfortunately, our current Mayor has either resisted many of these efforts or demonstrated inadequate understanding of the laws and policies we are dealing with, especially when it comes to equitable water rates.

A change of leadership at the Mayoral level will give St. Helena the opportunity to thrive for the long term with a more transparent, competent and collaborative approach to governance.

I grew up in St. Helena and have spent much of my life here.  I want our community to be well-served by those we elect and for all of us to know there is a better alternative for the future of our town and for Napa County.

We need an injection of new ideas, respect for tradition and consistent oversight.  And we need a strong voice on quality of life issues.  I intend to help guide St. Helena in that direction, drawing on my Council experience and by continuing to work constructively with my fellow Council members to get results.

In the coming weeks, I will be offering more details about the policies and reforms I propose to offer as Mayor.

In the meantime, I urge you to join me.  Please visit today to register your support or to make a financial contribution to my campaign.

Thank you in advance for your support!



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