Letters to editor

Elwood Holt was first black councilman in Suisun City

By From page A11 | November 23, 2012

Although I am very excited about Lori Wilson becoming a councilwoman in Suisun City, I do want to set the record straight. Elwood Holt was the first black councilman of Suisun City.

If you go back in your 1978 Daily Republic archives, you would locate the information. He was also the owner of Holt and Associates Realty, which was the first black-owned real estate agency in Fairfield. There is also a street in Suisun City named after him (which the Daily Republic neglected to input in its relatively recent “history of streets in Fairfield/Suisun” articles).

What made Mr. Holt unique was that he was a man for all the people and he believed in humanity. The fact that Mr. Holt was of mixed ethnicity and many people were not sure of what he was, or assumed that he was not a person of color, does not take away the fact that he was not ashamed to be black and that he was constantly advocating for fairness and justice for all people.

Deborah Holt Butcher


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  • RichNovember 23, 2012 - 9:51 am

    Based on his background, achievements and values, I would vote for Mr. Holt. I voted for Lori Wilson, but what she will do in office remains to be seen.

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