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Pre-Law Forum Hosts Candidates for Napa County Supervisor

Cambria Wheeler, June 2, 2014
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On May 21, the Pacific Union College’s Pre-Law Forum invited the two candidates running for Napa County District Three Supervisor at to speak on campus. Pacific Union College’s Angwin campus is located within District Three, and students, faculty, and community members gathered twice during the day to learn more about the two candidates and their unique visions for Napa County.

Pacific Union College’s Angwin campus is located within District Three, and students, faculty, and community members gathered twice during the day to learn more about the two candidates and their unique visions for Napa County.

Lewis Chilton, a business-owner and vice-mayor of Yountville, Calif., spoke and answered questions at 10am, followed by current District Three Supervisor Diane Dillon at 1pm. The Board of Supervisors for Napa County administers a $350 million budget and determines land use, housing, water, agriculture, transportation, and other countywide issues.

For some students, the event was an introduction to the way local government works. “I never realized how much the county Board of Supervisors could directly affect the college,” commented sophomore English and communication major Emily Mathe. “I think it’s important to learn a lot about how we can get in touch with local legislators, and maybe make some positive changes that would benefit PUC.”

Michelle Rai, professor of communication, organized the visits. “I appreciated both candidates, Lewis Chilton and Diane Dillon, taking time out of their schedules to meet PUC faculty, staff and students. It was refreshing to be able to ask questions directly, rather than solely relying on a flyer for information,” said Rai.

The two events were hosted for the campus and Angwin community by PUC’s Pre-Law Forum, which is sponsored by the departments of business, communication, English, and history. “The Pre-Law Forum was a natural fit to host this political event, since our goal is to expose students to various areas of career opportunities available to them,” Rai explained.

Rai sees additional value in putting names to faces. “It makes the voting process so much more personal and allows candidates to see PUC as not just a big institution, but a place where real people live, work, and study,” she explained.

Those registered to vote in Napa County will have the opportunity to cast their ballot for either District Three Supervisor candidate tomorrow, June 3.