When my family and I moved to Lodi in 1975, we found Lodi and San Joaquin County to be unappreciated gems. They were lovely places full of history and past successes, but still having so much potential and value.
For me as a winemaker, my mission became getting the Lodi appellation created, approved and used by the winegrowing community to make the great wines that Lodi now does.
In making that journey, I’ve also had the privilege of working alongside some of the most passionate people in the business world. Lodi and San Joaquin County have many hardworking and practical citizens who step up when the need arises and get the job done with style and quality.
The notion struck me recently, when thinking about our upcoming election for our next San Joaquin County Supervisor for the 4th District, that Russ Munson stands out as one of those business leaders who demonstrated excellence in helping shape a bright future for San Joaquin County. Russ played a significant role in establishing Lodi as an agritourism destination, which was critical in promoting our prosperous wine industry.
Russ understood the challenges we faced as a growing wine region, and took a thoughtful approach by looking at both sides of every issue to capture the broader perspective. He evaluated the wine industry’s challenges and the delicate balance necessary to find solutions, and doing so without sacrificing quality. Because of business leaders like Russ, San Joaquin County is well positioned with a thriving agritourism industry, where Wine & Roses serves as one of the cornerstone establishments for the region.
The San Joaquin way-of-life is still full of great opportunities, yet we have real issues that require genuine leadership. Russ is the only candidate who’s not a career politician and brings to the table private-sector business experience, which is what we need to address important issues — job creation, public safety and protecting our water supply. He knows what it takes to solve tough challenges. Russ is a problem-solver.
When I look at the other candidates it’s an easy choice. San Joaquin County needs a leader with proven business experience, which is why I am standing with business leader Russ Munson for 4th District San Joaquin County Supervisor.