Honorary Mayor kick-off

The 2015 Oakhurst Honorary Mayor campaign, featuring three worthy candidates, officially kicks-off at 5 p.m., April 17, at the Queen’s Inn, 41139 Highway 41.

This year’s candidates, and the non-profits they are representing, are Shirley Bailey (Oakhurst Community Alliance), Katie Davis (Sierra Senior Society), and Bob Macaulay (Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst).

Candidates will be competing for the title of Honorary Mayor to replace the current mayor, Mat Sands, who campaigned on behalf of the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst last year, raising $8,600. Sands will serve as emcee for the kick-off event. The event will offer food and music by Dave Henderson, all for a nominal cover charge of $5 that will be split between the candidates. The candidates will have booths at the event and will be raising funds for their organization.

Each dollar raised by the candidates during the campaign, which runs through June 27, counts as a vote - the candidate with the most votes wins the title of Honorary Mayor of Oakhurst.

The goal of the campaign is to raise much-needed funds, and public awareness of non-profit organization in the Mountain Area.

“The campaign itself is a great opportunity to create awareness for any non-profit. It creates a good opportunity to get together and share resources and coordinated efforts and gain exposure for these non-profit organizations that focus on the needs of the people in the community,” said Macaulay.

Bailey said she is proud to be supporting such a great cause.

“I am extremely happy to be representing a local non-profit organization that really supports the community and helps everything. I feel the honorary mayor event is a great way to raise money for different local causes and bring awareness to organizations that act as the pillars of the community and things like the disaster relief fund which is our focus for our campaign,” Bailey said. “Unlike in other political campaigns there are no losers here. The Community is the true winner.”

The campaign is sponsored by the Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, with assistance from the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Over the years the annual Oakhurst Honorary Mayoral campaign has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for many area charities. A record breaking $161,655 was raised during the 2013 campaign.