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Why I am Running for Mayor

This is a letter I sent to many voters in American Canyon, setting forth the reasons why I am running for Mayor of American Canyon. Please share.

To the Voters of American Canyon:

On July 20, 2020, I announced my campaign for Mayor of American Canyon. I believe I am the right person for the job:

  • A background that includes a degree in Public Administration and over 30 years of leadership responsibility in all aspects of local government, particularly municipal finance.

  • Served as your Finance Director, City Manager, and for the last ten years, as your Councilmember.

  • Active in the community, serving in leadership roles in local service clubs and nonprofits, such as the Arts Foundation and Kiwanis. The 2007 Gateway Award Winner.

  • Cheryl and I have called American Canyon home for over 25 years. We love this place!

Why am I running at this time, given the Covid-19 pandemic?

First, as the fiscal impact of the virus becomes more apparent, we need a Mayor with a strong background in finance and business development. One who can make sure the City is run in a business-like manner, with greater accountability and oversight. With my experience in finance and management, I can help lead the City through these difficult financial times.

Second, although American Canyon is a great place to live and raise a family, we still struggle with traffic. We have no plan to fully pay for renovating our parks and repairing our streets, and climate change continues to worsen here and elsewhere.

More than ceremonial, the next Mayor needs to stay focused on these issues and be pro-active. Our Mayor needs to offer solutions to our problems. In short, the Mayor needs to lead.

If you agree the time is right for a new kind of Mayor, I ask for your support. Money is always critical, but endorsing my candidacy, installing a sign, or helping the campaign is just as important. For more, go to or Or contact me directly.

I hope I can count on your support, and please, stay safe in these uncertain times!

Mark Joseph

(707) 334-5216



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