Oakhurst honorary mayor candidates sought

The candidate application deadline for the Oakhurst Honorary Mayor’s Campaign is Thursday, April 9, with a candidate organizational meeting scheduled for 5:15 p.m. that evening at the Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors office, 40298 Junction Drive.

The Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce Foundation is searching for candidates to campaign on behalf of their favorite community non-profit organizations. The candidates increase public awareness of their chosen organization and raise much needed funds for these organizations and the programs they offer to the community.

This year’s campaign will run from Friday, April 17, through Saturday, June 27.

Candidates are encouraged to pair up with organizations and causes such as the Oakhurst Community Park, volunteer fireman, Citizens on Patrol, SPCA, Little League, Oakhurst Senior Center, or Children’s Museum - and seek assistance from service clubs to increase the campaign’s awareness and exposure.

Candidates will be competing for the title of 2015-2016 Oakhurst Honorary Mayor to replace the reigning 2014-2015 Honorary Mayor, Mat Sands. Sands, who campaigned on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst, will be the host and emcee of the kick-off celebration for this year’s mayoral campaign at 5 p.m., April 17, at the Queen’s Inn.. The kick-off event will have food and live music featuring Dave Henderson, all for a nominal cover charge of $5 that will be split between the candidates.

The candidates will have their voting booths at the event and will begin raising funds that evening.

To win the race, the Honorary Mayoral candidates simply raise money for their favorite non-profit organization. Each dollar raised during the campaign counts as a vote, and the candidate with the most votes wins the title and duties of the Honorary Mayor of Oakhurst.

Over the years the annual campaign has brought awareness to and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for many charities. A record breaking $161,655 was raised during the 2013 campaign.

This will be the second year that the event will be run by the Foundation. Previously the chamber administrated the event and will continue to lend its support through this second year of transition.

Potential candidates interested in running on behalf of their favorite community organization may download application packets and find additional information about this year’s campaign online at Application materials are also available at the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce office, 40637 Highway 41.

- Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce Foundation