by Kyle Kulmann
If you have a few minutes, I would like to share my thoughts about the close race in Davis for the District 4 Supervisor seat. My name is Kyle Kulmann, I grew up in Davis, and in my adulthood I have lived in San Francisco and the United Kingdom. My background spans film, fine arts, and urban planning. One thing I deeply appreciate about my hometown is that the trope of “think globally, act locally” carries real meaning here. I’m grateful to have always been surrounded by people capable of understanding their impact across degrees of separation.
I’ve known David Abramson for over 15 years. Before last year, he did not talk about running for public office.
I say this to his merit. There is no glory in his campaign, no sights set on influence for its own sake. This campaign is a direct continuation of a decade of action founded in values of community, consensus, and listening. Read David’s piece about everything that led this election here: [https://davidabramsonforyolo.com/meet-david/] . What I write here builds upon that story as well as conversations I have had with David since he announced his run.
A Local Green New Deal is a specific and honest way to sum up the platform. I believe that it was the right tagline for getting the word out. Challenging this Supervisor seat, however, is not merely an environmental pursuit. While moderation today is taken to mean riding the fence, it takes on a different meaning in David’s campaign. He recognizes the absolute need for a transition to responsible energy policy and that Yolo County’s Strategic Plan is too abstract in its handling of this. He also recognizes that this transition must not exacerbate strife for low-income and marginalized people. A voice interested in the reconciliation of sustainability and justice is exactly what we need on the Board.
You want details. How do renters and low-income residents stand to benefit? If I own a home, is this at my expense? I encourage undecided voters to grill David on his platform. Email him. Call him. His direct line is 530-902-8223. Ask hard questions. He has actively provided spaces for members of the public to do so, and if we end up with a runoff, we can expect many more opportunities. David is informed and consistent – none of the drivel that makes contemporary politics so frustrating to so many of us. I know, actions speak louder anyway. David’s stances and actions in Standing Rock, Paradise, and in Davis for many years, tell the same story that his campaign tells.
It’s a classic story: discovering movements, supporting movements, and ultimately leading movements. The truth is, though, that it’s not the story of most contemporary leaders. Elections are bought and sold. Calculated talking points that treat us all like the lowest common denominator eke out fifty-one percent majorities. I digress, but I do want to see this story take a turn. Winning elections can mean electing activists, lifelong learners, and public servants keen on serving future generations – if we want it to.
David has conducted this campaign with unwavering respect for those he is running against (or with his own punctuation, “against”). His challengers genuinely care about our community and I hope that Davis will rally around the values at the heart of this campaign regardless of what happens on March 3rd. I’ll also say this: it’s time to stop voting based on name recognition alone. To see why, one only needs to look at Dianne Feinstein’s pessimistic engagement with the kinds of future-oriented policies that are central to David’s platform.
I get angry when I dwell on the failures of the Senate. I feel helpless trying to stay informed about environmental and geopolitical issues around the world. In 2020, I’m going to vote for candidates at every tier of government who have proven they can channel those feelings into bold and optimistic action.
Join me in voting for David Abramson for Yolo County Supervisor, District 4.