On May 21, the Pacific Union College’s Pre-Law Forum invitedthe two candidates running for Napa County District Three Supervisor at tospeak on campus. Pacific Union College’s Angwin campus is located withinDistrict Three, and students, faculty, and community members gathered twiceduring the day to learn more about the two candidates and their unique visionsfor Napa County.
Pacific Union College’s Angwin campus is located withinDistrict Three, and students, faculty, and community members gathered twiceduring the day to learn more about the two candidates and their unique visionsfor Napa County.
Lewis Chilton, a business-owner and vice-mayor ofYountville, Calif., spoke and answered questions at 10am, followed by currentDistrict Three Supervisor Diane Dillon at 1pm. The Board of Supervisors for Napa County administers a $350 million budget anddetermines land use, housing, water, agriculture, transportation, and othercountywide issues.
For some students, the event was an introduction to the waylocal government works. “I neverrealized how much the county Board of Supervisors could directly affect thecollege,” commented sophomore English and communication major Emily Mathe. “Ithink it’s important to learn a lot about how we can get in touch with locallegislators, and maybe make some positive changes that would benefit PUC.”
Michelle Rai, professor of communication, organized thevisits. “I appreciated both candidates, Lewis Chilton and Diane Dillon, takingtime out of their schedules to meet PUC faculty, staff and students. It wasrefreshing to be able to ask questions directly, rather than solely relying ona flyer for information,” said Rai.
The two events were hosted for the campus and Angwincommunity by PUC’s Pre-Law Forum, which is sponsored by the departments ofbusiness, communication, English, and history. “The Pre-Law Forum was a naturalfit to host this political event, since our goal is to expose students tovarious areas of career opportunities available to them,” Rai explained.
Rai sees additional value in putting names to faces. “Itmakes the voting process so much more personal and allows candidates to see PUCas not just a big institution, but a place where real people live, work, andstudy,” she explained.
Those registered to vote in Napa County will have theopportunity to cast their ballot for either District Three Supervisor candidatetomorrow, June 3.