This letter is my enthusiastic endorsement for Bill Dodd, Napa County supervisor, to be elected to succeed termed-out Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada in 4th District of the California Assembly.
I have worked closely with Bill on land use issues since January 2000. I firmly believe that he is the most experienced and qualified candidate to represent residents of the 4th District. Bill is an experienced community leader, successful former business owner and highly respected four-term county supervisor who leads by example and “simply gets things,” regardless of political parties.
In my 22-plus years as a city and county planning commissioner in two different counties, Bill is the best and most effective elected public official I have ever worked with. He is open, honest, fair, thorough and diligent in making policy decisions and laws on behalf of the voters.
Bill’s Napa County legislative achievements are too many to mention. One, in particular, is that Bill has personally raised more than $3 million to benefit local charities, selecting a different charitable recipient every year since he has been in office.
Bill’s political leadership is obvious well beyond Napa County as well. He has served all nine Bay Area counties as the chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, working with elected leaders throughout the Bay Area on the area’s transportation and infrastructure challenges. His leadership heading the commission was instrumental in securing $76 million to complete the Jameson Canyon highway expansion to greatly alleviate traffic congestion in Napa and Solano counties.
In summary, Bill Dodd is simply the best elected public leader of all the dozens of city leaders, mayors, county supervisors and other elected officials who I have met and worked with in my 22-plus years of community service in the Bay Area. I’m quite certain that no one could serve the 4th District better than Bill Dodd.
Napa County Planning Commissioner (2000-present)