Yup, I am going to run for City Council

Posted: 11 October 2013 in Uncategorized

Here is an announcement I sent out to friends and colleagues in my city of 65,000 today.  

As a committed localist I feel that this commitment is consistent with seeking the good of my local community.

I will be taking Yoder, Ellul, Illich, Berry and all my Anabaptist friends on the “trail” with me.

Wish me wisdom, discernment, integrity and grace!

INVITATION to Robb’s Announcement of his Candidacy for the Davis City Council, Saturday October 26 at 10:00 am in Downtown Davis

Dear Friends – I am excited to share with you that I have decided to run for the Davis City Council in the June 2014 election.  If you are receiving this it is because I have worked with you on issues related to bicycling (safety and promotion), cooperative housing, downtown parking, restorative justice, the challenges of homelessness, exclusion and addiction, or… just because we are friends or our kids played soccer together!

Over 12 years living and working in Davis, my experience in all these areas has deepened my understanding of our city and increased my desire to serve its residents on the City Council.  I am running for City Council because:

1.  I want Davis to be a socially, environmentally, and economically healthy city.

2. I believe I will be an effective Council member. Davis faces challenges and opportunities in protecting and sustaining community health.   To face the challenges and make the most of opportunities we need elected officials who can weigh alternatives, analyze tradeoffs and make informed and transparent decisions.  I believe that I can do these things.

I will bring my experience and the following strengths to the process: I am a good listener, able to ask relevant questions and probe to go deeper; I am a tireless worker who prepares for the task before me; I am able to take complex topics and articulate them in ways that citizens can understand; I am respectful of others and value team work to solve problems.  Most importantly I am willing to learn and go on learning to improve my ability to make informed decisions.

3. A city needs more from leadership than simply making decisions.  It needs leaders who can help create and nurture a vision for the future.  I am a forward looking person. As I learn about the city, its problems and its potential, I will work with citizens to identify our values, assure that our policies are consistent with them, and seek creative ways to implement these policies.  I will listen, learn and respectfully walk with my neighbors to chart our collective future.

This campaign begins with my official announcement on Saturday, October 26 at 10:00 am at the City Property at 5th and D Streets (on the southeast side of the intersection, just west of the fire station).  This is the location of the Davis Community Meals Cold Weather Shelter and the STEAC Resource Center.  Please plan to come!

I relish the idea of seeing lots of familiar smiling faces, enjoying one another’s company, on the 26th.  I promise not to talk too much—this is mainly a chance for you to show your support. At the same time, I hope you will consider how you can help translate my candidacy into an election win through whatever role fits you, your time commitments and your gifts. I can tell you that there is a lot to do, including:

  • helping with website design
  • conceptualizing brochures and lawn signs
  • walking neighborhoods  to let people know why I am running
  • inviting your friends over for a “meet the candidate” coffee (or dessert !)
  • getting mailings ready
  • providing a financial contribution to help get the word out about why I am running
  • hosting your very own fundraising event

If you think I would make a good councilman then I am asking you to help make it happen.  Your most valuable contribution will be the thing dearest to you (and me): your time.

One more thing!  I would like to build a list of people are willing to go on record—have their name appear  in black and white—saying “I support Robb”.  In other words, I am asking you for an endorsement.  If you are willing to do that, please respond to this email saying “I endorse you Robb!” (be sure to put the exclamation point).  I sincerely appreciate it.

Oh, wait, one more thing!  Please forward this email to friends who you would like to inform of my candidacy and invite them to come on the 26th.   They may contact me directly if they would like to endorse me or otherwise connect with this campaign.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to seeing you on the 26th at 10:00.

Thank you,


  1. Nellie Bly says:

    If I lived in Davis, I would work for you in a minute. (I’m in Lancaster, PA,)

  2. Winnie says:

    I couldn’t think of a better man for the job! Vote for Robb!

  3. LizB says:

    Bravo, bonhomme! 🙂 Et ensuite, la présidence??!

  4. donna says:

    we wish you success! VOTE FOR ROBB!

  5. Salvador Baldizon says:

    Hi Robb. What a great news this is!! From Guatemala we send you all our support! We will let our friends in Davis know about this exciting opportunity for the city

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