Call to Action


City Council and Community Service District Candidates

DATE: Sunday, September 24, 2017

TIME: 3:30 – Gathering & Informal mixing

4:00 – Program

5:30 – Adjourn with networking until 6:00

PLACE: Marin Cove Homeowner’s Clubhouse, Corner of Schmidt Lane and Steven Way

Directions: 101 to N. San Pedro Rd; L on Schmidt Lane. Look for the Citizen Marin banner.

Background: Five cities have contested city council races (Fairfax, Novato, San Anselmo, Sausalito, and Tiburon.) There are also contested races in the Marin City and Muir Beach Community Service Districts. There are no challengers in Larkspur or San Rafael. In total, 32 candidates are running for 17 contested seats. The election is November 7th.

CITIZEN MARIN: Citizen Marin is inviting the candidates to join us to promote their candidacy, network, and build support for healthy government. Citizen Marin does not endorse candidates, but our network among citizen leaders throughout the county gives candidates a platform to get out their message. It also allows Citizen Marin to identify those county-wide and regional issues that influence every jurisdiction and hear about candidate’s stands.


3:30 Informal networking and conversation

4:00 Welcome & Overview

4:10 Candidates’ Elevator Speeches: Why I’m Running, Key Issues and Goals

4:40 Citizen Marin Perspectives: Local Control, Regionalism, Housing, Transportation
5:00 Candidate perspectives on local and regional issues
5:30 Adjourn with additional informal networking until 6:00 pm

A single twig breaks, but the bundle of twigs is strong.
– Tecumseh, Native American Shawnee warrior and chief

Next Steps:
RSVP if you can attend.
If you live in one of the contested areas, encourage your council or CSD candidates to attend.
Bring flyers or announcements of upcoming events.

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday, 9/24.

Susan Kirsch
Citizen Marin

Follow the links for more information about resources.

  1. Learn about the Issues: Visit the website of your community. For county issues, visit Sustainable Tam/Almonte; for housing issues, visit CVP – Community Venture Partners; for transportation issues, visit Planning for Reality. For links to direct sources, visit Resource Links.
  2. Join or start a group: Contact a group in your community  or attend a Citizen Marin meeting. Get involved with your time and talent.
  3. Express Yourself: Send Emails, Write Letters, & Make Phone Calls to the Decision Makers.
  4. Attend Meetings: Show up, speak up, and support others at public meetings.
  5. Write for publication: Send Letters to the Editor and Opinion pieces.
  6. Post on Citizen Marin Facebook:  Send news to post to lpetersonschwarze (at )
  7. Spread the Word: Talk to family and friends, start conversations in the grocery store checkout line. Ask people if they know and care about the issues you know and care about. Invite them to join you at an upcoming meeting or event. Offer to drive.
  8. Volunteer: Share your skills with your community group, another civic group, or Citizen Marin.
  9. Donate: We generate success with generous donations to support the work.