Message from Lynda Hopkins, Candidate for Sonoma County District 5 Board of Supervisors

Dear friend  ~

I’m running for District 5 Supervisor. If you know me, you know that I’m not a politician. I’m an organic farmer: a grassroots, beet roots kind of girl. And I’m writing to ask you for something that’s terribly precious: your time. Five minutes, five hours, five days — whatever you might be able to share with me over the course of the next six months.

Emmett and I have two little kids that we love dearly, and as befits farmers, we’re both diehard idealists and pragmatic realists. With all our hearts, we want to make our little corner of the world a better place for all of us — for your family as well as ours. That’s why I’m running for Supervisor. I want to bring diverse interest groups together to work on sustainable solutions. I want to take care of the environment and the economy; I want to create social justice. And I have the leadership skills and policy knowledge necessary to tackle the tough issues that come before the Board.

Which brings me to the question… Would you be willing to help? If you have only five minutes to spare, write me an email or text or call me at 483 0443. Tell me your concerns, and let me know what sorts of policies you think would help make Sonoma County a better place.

If you have hours to spare — whether it’s a handful of hours on a one-time basis, or something more consistent — consider signing up to volunteer for the campaign. It’s going to take a village to run this thing, and we’re going to need all the help we can get.

Please let me know you’re willing to help by clicking here. We will need help in the following areas:

  • strategic planning/core group (help plan and enact campaign);

  • collecting signatures to appear on the ballot;

  • walking precincts (rain or shine, I’ll be there with stroller in hand);

  • finding locations for signs, and putting up signs;

  • fundraising;

  • hosting “meet and greets” — inviting some friends over, so we can talk policy;

  • community outreach (please let me know if you know of any community leaders or people I should get to know);

  • phone banking.

If you don’t have much time, please consider donating to the campaign, forwarding this email, and sharing this link with your friends.

You may know me, but you may not know what I stand for when it comes to County governance. I have a lot of new policy ideas I’d like to discuss with you, but to give a quick overview, here are a few of my priorities and a bit about me.

What I believe in:

A diversified, sustainable, and thriving local economy;

Access to basic services for rural residents, including roads and broadband Internet;

Affordable family life, including housing and childcare;

Most of all, I believe in listening to the community. And in transparent, accessible government.

What I am:

a small business owner and organic farmer (Foggy River Farm); former journalist; former Executive Director of Sonoma County Farm Trails; community volunteer; and local affordable food advocate.

Please note that you can help whether or not you live in District 5. While I will faithfully represent the interests of West County, the District 5 election is essential to the entire County. It is largely viewed as the “swing seat,” meaning that it will help determine the direction of the board going forward. It takes three votes to enact policy in Sonoma County no matter what district that policy affects — and of course, most policy affects all districts.

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