More than 350 people joined Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts for his third annual Winter WOW on Wednesday.
Highlights were his ritual "YMCA" dance, various thank yous to various dignitaries, and countywide updates on:
- job growth (Sonoma County is in the top 20 percent for urban area job growth)
- a thank you to county employees for their sacrifices in taking pay cuts
- the new investment in education for vocational classes
- an investment of $50 million in our county roads
- a focus on habitat restoration with funds coming from the federal government
- acquisition of the Open Space for the top of Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg so that it is preserved for the future.
McGuire also announced that it was the beginning of his campaign for re-election. He is "mum" on his ambitions other than to run for Sonoma County Supervisor again.
But photographer Rick Tang has been known to refer to him as "Senator" and Kay Shultz, who has worked with him since his younger days on the Healdsburg Unified School Board, says: "I've picked out a very special dress for the inauguration."
Many have great ambitions for him…not that that really means anything. A rare politician, McGuire has wide "across the spectrum" support as evidenced by the number of both Democrats and Republicans in attendance at Winter WOW.