by Michael Diehl, Napa (Nov. 5, 2022)
Napa County needs fresh ideas and new thinking to lead our community into a prosperous future. The District 1 candidate that will bring these qualities to the Board of Supervisors is Joelle Gallagher.
Thirty years’ experience does not equate to “entrenched in the status quo.” Rather, Joelle’s track record illustrates her heart of service, ability to listen to residents, civic leaders and develop innovative solutions to complex and seemingly intractable problems. Joelle works to prevent homelessness by supporting children and families who live and work here as evidenced by 20 years dedicated to families and children, as the executive director of Cope Family Center, and now as the director of First 5 Napa.
Joelle is anything but ‘business as usual. Her commitment to Napa County and perseverance to step into this new leadership role is what District 1 needs. She will hit the ground running, continue to listen to the needs of residents and make fair and balanced decisions when she takes office in January 2023.
Vote Joelle Gallagher for District 1supervisor.
by David Mahaffey, Napa (Nov. 5, 2022)
The voters of Napa County are fortunate this year. Unlike many other voters, we are not besieged by candidates peddling the election denial fantasy of Donald Trump. At last count, over 200 candidates for office around the country are spreading that vicious lie, confusing the electorate, and eating away at the heart of our democracy. Here, our candidates are engaged in honest debates over real issues. They are likable, earnest, and ready to roll up their sleeves to perform public service. This is the America we were all raised to believe in.
In the District 1 Napa County Supervisor race, we have two good candidates, Joelle Gallagher and Suzanne Truchard. They are both smart, compassionate women who have made their mark. But one, Joelle Gallagher, has far more experience on the issues that matter most to Napans, having served for decades in leadership positions providing support for families and children at Cope Family Center and First 5 Napa County, representing ag concerns at the Farm Bureau and Grape Growers Association, participating on the Napa County Planning Commission, and more. What’s more, she’s a staunch supporter of our environment, defending our limited water resources and standing up for the climate. After 42 years of winemaking, I have seen up close how the changing climate is impacting the industry, and it is important to me to have someone in office who deeply understands agriculture and climate change.
One more thing. I’ve read here, and heard some folks say, that experience doesn’t matter, that what we need is “fresh faces.” That line of argument makes no sense to me. Can anyone honestly look themselves in the mirror and say, gee, I have all this experience, but that doesn’t count for anything. Has anyone ever heard of an employer who says, well, I have one job candidate with lots of experience, but I think I’ll just go with the person who has far less experience. Please! That’s the line of argument that we heard from our previous president and current election denier in chief, and see where that got us.
Experience matters, and never more than now. I’m thrilled to be able to cast my vote for Joelle Gallagher.
by Cindy Colo, Napa (Nov. 2, 2022)
I first met Joelle Gallagher in the fall of 2000, when we started Leadership Napa Valley (class 14) together.
Joelle was already a community leader at that time and was transitioning from her role as the executive director of the Napa County Farm Bureau to the executive director of Cope Family Center. I came to know Joelle as a thoughtful, compassionate and courageous leader. She engaged enthusiastically in discussions and was always willing to push against the status quo, challenging others to be brave in their interactions and creative in seeking solutions.
Joelle also had the capacity to facilitate conversations with ease. I recall her naturally falling into this role when we worked in groups and she would inevitably emerge as the one who could synthesize the conversation and report to others a cohesive and comprehensive representation of the group's thoughts. She listened.
Over the years, I had the opportunity to work with Joelle through my work at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. I recall that she and her team at Cope worked to create a seamless hand off between our Labor and Delivery Department and Cope’s Home Visitation Program. The goal was to assure every new mom was connected to resources and had the support they needed in those first days and months of parenting a newborn.
I became a volunteer with Joelle’s campaign because I have watched her as a leader for over 20 years. She has the understanding, wisdom, compassion, and courage to do what is best for the residents of our county and will work with others to bring about the most creative and impactful solutions.
Please join me in voting for Joelle Gallagher, District 1 supervisor.
by Jeni Olsen, Napa (Oct. 26, 2022)
I am writing to encourage those in District 1 to vote for Joelle Gallagher for Napa County Supervisor.
As an advocate for youth mental health, I see firsthand the issues that are hurting our young people. In 2017, I founded nonprofit Teens Connect, to support the mental health and wellness of our local youth. Without hesitation Joelle stepped up as a founding board member and chair of our board of directors. With Joelle’s guidance and expertise, our thriving youth programs have positively impacted the lives of over 12,000 young people in Napa over the past six years.
Joelle truly listens to the needs of our community, giving agency to those she serves. Her dedication to children, families and our workforce is apparent in her successful 30-year career as executive director of First 5 Napa County and Cope Family Center. Joelle has also served as executive director of the Napa County Farm Bureau and Napa Valley Grape Growers Association, and cares deeply about protecting our agricultural resources.
Joelle has a proven track record and a keen understanding of the most important issues facing our county and is committed to the well-being of all of our community members, ensuring that our workforce can afford to live here, and protecting our natural resources so that our future generations can thrive in Napa County.
Please join me in supporting Joelle Gallagher, a true public servant, for the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
by Laura Keller, Napa (Oct. 27, 2022)
As the Nov. 8 election approaches amid divisiveness and turmoil on the national, state and sometimes local levels, I have been contemplating the essential characteristics of an elected leader.
In Napa County, the person we are about to elect for the Board of Supervisors, District 1 will have far reaching impacts on critical issues — the climate crisis, drought and wildfires, water and land use, affordable housing, living wage and child care — to name a few.
An exemplary elected leader would understand that public service is a mandate to include the entire community. They would be committed to forming diverse relationships with individuals, groups, and sectors in the community; to understand their different needs, desires and concerns. They would understand their elected position is not a reward for their personality, popularity, status, or perceived power. They would not allow themselves to be beholden to special interests which might prejudice their perception of community issues.
An exemplary elected leader would be committed to social equity and justice, making decisions and creating policy that benefit the entire community, including vulnerable populations and the underserved. Their commitment would be to the health and well-being of all people and would include being passionate stewards of our lands — sustaining and protecting our precious environment.
An exemplary elected leader would have many years of experience, expertise, and competence, working across multiple sectors and perspectives — with children and families, farmworkers, the wine industry, community-based organizations, and government, managing and directing people, agencies, commissions, and boards, while dealing with large budgets and complex fiscal issues.
An exemplary elected leader would demonstrate superior problem-solving capacities for dealing with complex issues, building consensus, and creating collective solutions, always including, and understanding the people affected by them. Such a leader would master the difficult but necessary work of considering the unintended consequences of their decisions and be willing to alter their course of action to ensure no harm results from their efforts.
An exemplary elected leader would have well developed relationship skills and the ability to form strong working alliances across diverse sectors of our community. They would communicate openly and honestly, resolving conflicts with transparency and respect. This elected leader would behave with integrity and high ethical standards, willing to recuse themselves from decision making where any real or perceived conflict of interest might exist.
This leader would serve with compassion, kindness, and empathy, valuing the worth of every member of our community and conducting themselves with strength, courage, honor, and humility.
I am certain that Joelle Gallagher is the only candidate who embodies all these characteristics, and personifies the exemplary leader the position requires. I have known Joelle as a trusted colleague and friend for 25 years. I have witnessed her extraordinary experience, commitment, and passion for service, and her indefatigable efforts to assure that we all live in a community that works for everyone.
Please join me in voting for Joelle Gallagher for Napa County Supervisor for District 1.
by Mary Jane Bowker, Napa (Oct. 25, 2022)
Dear voters, I am endorsing and voting for Joelle Gallagher because of the qualities that will make her an outstanding new member of the Napa County Board of Supervisors:
- Years of unfaltering dedication to our community.
- Vast experience with the nonprofits and underserved people in Napa and throughout our county.
- Honest and straightforward.
- Smart, hardworking and can see the future and a path to get there.
- Has an intimate knowledge and experience of how our county works.
- Hard working and has had the experience to understand everything from jobs, housing, ag preserve, water issues and the seriousness of climate change.
Vote for Joelle Gallagher for the qualities that keep the Napa Valley a wonderful place to work and raise a family. She has a committed passion for a strong, healthy community that represents the people that live here.
by Pete Shaw, Napa (Oct. 24, 2022)
What can I say about Joelle Gallagher?
I didn’t know Joelle when she was gaining broad experience and wisdom in the wine and agricultural industries at the executive director level, or while serving on the Planning Commission. When we met, I didn’t know that she was helping found the Napa Housing Coalition, and that she was standing up for tenant protections and fair wages, and that she had been doing a lot of good work for Napa County long before our paths officially crossed.
I got to know her when she was dedicating her skillset to aid the cause of creating healthier kids and families in Napa, as an incredibly capable leader for many years while she was the executive director at Cope. Leading the Child Abuse Prevention Council meetings of which I was a member as a representative of Napa faith leaders, she created a truly supportive, collaborative environment for leaders from various sectors of the community to learn about the level of child abuse in Napa County and how we might work to eradicate it.
Her spirit was always warm yet passionate, data driven, heart-froward, and solutions-oriented. She welcomed all the perspectives in the room, which was so refreshing in a time when our culture was moving more and more to sequester folks to their respective corners/silos.
Getting to know her even more through the First 5 Napa Network Cohort 1, all that I had hoped was true about Joelle was simply affirmed and strengthened. Longer exposure in a room with extremely passionate, powerful, influential personalities, Joelle again brought us together to focus our attention on the status of children in Napa County and what might be done to ensure their wellbeing. Her leadership wooed us out of our titles and offices and united us as human beings who can collectively make a difference. Issues of this magnitude cannot be fixed overnight; they require thoughtful, diligent commitment over time to see genuine progress.
Joelle’s experience and background revolving around the wellbeing of some of Napa’s most vulnerable community members makes her uniquely qualified for her role as a supervisor. Such a role requires one who sees holistically, to be able to recognize the connections and tensions between what appears to be good for one for a moment that might yield harmful consequences for many down the road. If we are looking for Napa to be a truly healthy community, we need someone who has been researching and working toward that end for a long time.
Joelle is such a person – it is who she is – which is why she will fulfill the role so well.
by Kara Brunzell, Napa (Oct. 21, 2022)
Please join me in supporting Joelle Gallagher for Napa County supervisor.
Her long-standing connections to Napa and her deep experience serving the community are well-documented, but I have only really gotten to know Joelle during the current campaign season. I have been so impressed with the quality of her ideas and especially how well she has been listening to the citizens of Napa County.
I seem to run into her every time I leave the house for a political event, a community celebration, an informational meeting sponsored by a nonprofit, or just to grab coffee. She is always willing to engage and exchange ideas on whatever issue is top of mind. Joelle is deeply immersed in the fabric of life in Napa and committed to seeking solutions to local problems including homelessness, housing costs, and environmental protection.
Vote for Joelle Gallagher.
by Johanna O'Kelley, President, Democrats of Napa Valley (Oct. 19, 2022)
The Democrats of Napa Valley announce its endorsements for Napa County supervisor candidates Joelle Gallagher in District 1 and Anne Cottrell in District 3. Candidates needed to receive 60% of the members’ votes in order to receive the endorsement.
Candidate forums were held for mayor and city council candidates, moderated by Danielle Barreca, Juan Carlos Mora, and John Sensenbaugh, and for the first time, a forum for contested school board candidates, moderated by Bob Van Der Velde, senior dean, arts and sciences, Napa Valley College.
There were 16 Democratic candidates throughout the valley that spoke at the Mayor and City Council Forum and six Democratic candidates running in contested races for school boards for the Napa County Board of Education and Napa Valley Unified School District. The candidates were given time to introduce themselves, speak about their campaigns and why they wanted to run, followed by questions from members and supporters.
This is the first year that endorsements have been extended to school board candidates. It is important to elevate the discussion about our schools and recognize the importance of school boards and the impact they have on our students today and our community and country tomorrow.
2022 Candidates Endorsed by the Democrats of Napa Valley for the November Midterm Election:
Napa County Supervisor — Joelle Gallagher, District 1; Anne Cottrell, District 3
American Canyon City Council — Mark Joseph
Napa City Council — Liz Alessio District 1; Mary Luros District 3
Yountville City Council — Scott Owens
St. Helena Mayor — Paul Dohring
St. Helena City Council — Anna Chouteau
Calistoga City Council — Curtis Winslow
Napa County Board of Education Trustee Area 4 — Ann Cash
Napa Valley Unified School District Trustee Area 1 — Robin Jankiewicz; Area 6 – Elba Gonzales-Mares; Area 7 – Julianna Hart.
The Democrats of Napa Valley Club strives to provide opportunities to meet and learn about candidates. It was heartening to see so many of our members and engaged citizens take time out of their busy lives to learn how they can help make Napa County an even better place to live, work and play.
by Jeff Toynbee, Political Director, Firefighters Local 1186, Napa County (Oct. 19, 2022)
Rarely does a candidate have as much depth of experience directly working on the relevant issues, as Joelle Gallagher has in her campaign for Napa County supervisor. Joelle worked as executive director of the Napa County Farm Bureau, Napa Valley Grape Growers Association, Cope Family Center, and First 5 Napa County. In those positions, she has accumulated direct experience solving issues of agriculture, growth, education, and social services-key responsibilities of Napa County supervisors.
Having discussed these issues with Joelle, I am confident that she will work proactively to make certain firefighters have the support and training we need to fight fires, respond to medical emergencies in the community, and to handle the daily rigors of the job. Joelle understands what firefighters experience both on and off duty as well as understanding the needs related to the future growth of the fire service in Napa County and is committed to having an open door policy to discuss our needs and requests.
by Cassandra Walker, Napa (Oct. 20, 2022)
Today without hesitation, I will vote for Joelle Gallagher to represent me on the Board of Supervisors.
Joelle is involved in local organizations learning about the community every day. Important to me is Joelle’s experience and ability to deal with the diverse issues and needs facing the county. From the need for affordable housing, mental health services, to groundwater sustainability, to the plight of the small winery owners and grape growers to ensure sustainable agriculture. We need someone with leadership and transparency to make important decisions.
What really inspires me to vote for Joelle is her integrity. She will tell you when she needs more information. She will research an issue and make an informed decision. She will be there for her constituents, not for her own self-interest. We do not need a fractious Board of Supervisors but a group of leaders who can work together in the best interest of the citizens of Napa County.
Please join me in voting for Joelle, an experienced leader.
by Dell Coats, Napa (Oct. 15, 2022)
Napa County needs leaders on the Board of Supervisors who have experience balancing budgets, running organizations efficiently, and serving with fiscal responsibility.
With more than 20 years of working in accounting and financial services, I have seen what happens when organizations lack responsible, experienced leadership. I also have seen the incredible work organizations can do when empowered with leadership that understands management and fiscal decision making.
One of my best examples of the latter came when I was board chair of Cope Family Center here in Napa and Joelle Gallagher served as our executive director.
Joelle ensured that thousands of families had the education and support they needed to nurture their children and provide for their future. She did this with a budget dependent on grants and donations. She managed the organization in a transparent, accountable, and responsible way. Not to mention the care and enthusiasm she showed for those in need.
It’s not just me who thinks so. Under Joelle’s leadership, Cope was awarded “Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year” in 2008 and the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership awarded Joelle the “Excellence in Leadership” award in 2016.
I have full confidence that Joelle will bring her managerial expertise, and care and compassion for those in need, to serve as an effective member of the Board of Supervisors.
Please join me in voting Joelle Gallagher for Napa County Supervisor District 1.
by Pat Reynes, Napa (Oct. 13, 2022)
As a voter in Napa, I want candidates with long standing, solid experience in the community – individuals who have worked for and with a variety of groups in the valley, have long standing relationships with the “doers” in the community, understand the complexity of how county government works, and know how to get things done.
In other words, individuals who can hit the ground running to help address the many local issues facing us today.
Joelle Gallagher has all of that and more. The depth and breadth of her experience far surpasses any other candidate running for District 1 supervisor. Born and raised in the area, Joelle has spent her career working with kids and families (First 5 Napa County, Cope Family Center, Teens Connect, etc.), has worked with and for the Napa County Farm Bureau, the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association, the county’s Planning Commission, the Napa Housing Coalition, Community Leaders Coalition, Rainbow Action Network, the Napa Chamber of Commerce and more.
Joelle has the knowledge and the interest in seeing that Napa’s growth is balanced and not skewed in any one direction, or for any one interest group.
Because of her extensive experience, Joelle has in-depth knowledge of what Napa needs to move forward in the most positive direction possible – I urge you to vote for Joelle!
by Liz Allesio, Napa City Councilmember (Oct. 12, 2022)
Have you ever wondered how and why someone gets into politics? In my personal experience it’s the culmination of life events both personal and professional that led me to community service.
There was one individual who encouraged me to take that leap and run for public office. That was Joelle Gallagher.
Someone who will listen to all sides, take a balanced approach, work hard, be transparent, and has a clear vision for the future of Napa and our beautiful county. That was and is Joelle Gallagher.
Her response five years ago was that she planned on running for office after Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht retired. In the meantime, she was appointed to the Napa County Planning Commission, and continued her 30-year career as a community leader, a nonprofit executive, serving as the Executive Director of First 5 Napa County, Cope Family Center, the Napa County Farm Bureau and the Napa Valley Grape Growers Association. Joelle has the leadership and management experience needed to execute a shared vision and get things done.
Five years since I first asked Joelle to run for office knowing her heart, her call to service, and both personal and professional experience makes her the most qualified person to be our next Napa County Supervisor. Joelle is not just a leader, but a leader that builds leaders all around her. She’ll lift-up District 1 and will be an influential positive force on the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
I hope I gave you a glimpse of how and why Joelle is taking this leap into public service. Why I am thrilled to endorse Joelle for Napa County Supervisor District 1 along with Napa County Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht and Napa Mayor Scott Sedgley. I encourage you to endorse Joelle with your vote on or before Nov. 8.
by Luisa Heymann, Napa (Oct. 11, 2022)
Dear District 1 voters, the upcoming supervisor’s election will determine the future of Napa County. On Nov. 8, we have the opportunity to decide if we want our Board of Supervisors to continue on the current trajectory of turning Napa into the “Disneyland of Wine” or if we want a supervisor who will represent the needs of all our residents. With this in mind, I urge you to join me in supporting Joelle Gallagher for supervisor.
by Sandra Elles, Napa (Oct. 7, 2022)
Please join me in supporting Joelle Gallagher for District 1 supervisor in Napa County. With over 30 years of leadership and community service in our county, Joelle has a great depth of knowledge and experience to step into the role of county supervisor.
Joelle’s background includes years of service as the Executive Director of the Napa County Farm Bureau and Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Executive Director of Cope Family Center and Executive Director of First Five Napa County. She is co-chair of the Napa Housing Coalition, a founding member of the Community Health Initiative, and founder and leader of many other community organizations designed to help those in need. She currently serves on the County Planning Commission and has been endorsed by longtime District 1 Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht.
Joelle has endorsed and demonstrated leadership in preserving our agricultural economy, protecting our natural resources, promoting health and wellness, and fostering sustainable development. I have full confidence in Joelle’s abilities and know that her dedication to our community will lead to a brighter future for our county.
by Napa Valley Register Editorial Board , (Oct. 8, 2022)
by Judy Myers, Progressive Women of Napa Valley, (Oct. 10, 2022)
by Laurie Claudon Clark, Angwin (Oct. 8, 2022)
I am writing in support of Anne Cottrell and Joelle Gallagher for the District 1 and District 3 open Board of Supervisors positions. I could list all the countless ways these two women have given to our community, but their exemplary records and abundance of service have been well documented. Rather, my support comes from an often unmentioned direction.
When my husband and I first came to Napa in 1974, besides the beauty, the comradery was the thing that most impressed me. As Robert Mondavi said, “your success is my success, and my success is your success.” There was a vitality and drive to learn how best to raise Napa to be one of the finest winegrowing regions in the world. Growers and winemakers turned to science as well as their shared experiences to make that goal a reality.
Now Napa County has huge new issues to address. There isn’t time to skirt around the drought, groundwater depletion, environmental destruction, out of control wildfires, climate change, affordable housing… the list goes on and on. Consequently, once the new board is seated these issues will require its members to distance themselves from the status quo of unproductive committee meetings and an absence of science based and community needs action.
Together, Anne and Joelle will shift the narrative from its current dysfunction and self-serving agenda to one based on action. We do not have time for a learning curve. We must elect the candidates who will be ready on day one. Those candidates are Anne Cottrell and Joelle Gallagher! Please give them your vote!