Seniors respond to election call to action

Winters citizens volunteered to stamp postcards to send out notice of the City Council election being moved to November. (Rick von Geldern/Winters Express)

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The Winters City Council and the Yolo County Board of Supervisors approved moving the Winters municipal general elections from June to November to align with other Yolo County cities. Winters was the last Yolo County city to move their municipal election date.

Winters Senior Foundation (WSF) organizer, Marlene Bell, told the Express she was asked by City Manager, Kathleen Salguero Trepa, to help the city affix over 4,300 labels to postcards to registered voters noticing the election date change. Bell said Trepa told her the city was understaffed due to COVID-19 and that they could some help. 

Bell put out a “call to action” email and quickly heard from eight senior WSF volunteers; however, it wasn’t long before 16 more offered their assistance. The WSF response is revealing of how the City of Winters and the WSF enjoy a mutually supportive relationship.

On Tuesday, Feb.1, 20 masked seniors presented themselves at City Hall ready to roll up their sleeves and tackle the task. Trepa welcomed and thanked volunteers and offered bottled water, carrot cake and a “swag bag” with some thoughtful contents to show the City’s appreciation. 

Bell said when recruiting volunteers, she conservatively anticipated that each volunteer could complete 80 labels per hour, reducing what could have been an arduous task into a three-hour job. However, once volunteers got going, they found in under an hour that over 4,300 cards had been labeled and were ready to go to the post office. Once the job was completed, volunteers enjoyed carrot cake and treats for their efforts.

Volunteer David May said he volunteered because, “It’s part of democracy, our duty to vote.” Another volunteer, Peggy Nelson, said she pitched in because, “It’s important to vote” while Carol Scianna said she helps out where she can given the City’s limited staff.

By week’s end the postcards were being delivered to voter’s mailboxes notifying them that the next Winters general municipal election will be held on Nov. 8, 2022. Three of the five city council seats will be on the Nov. 8 ballot.

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