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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Saint HelenaCandidate for Mayor

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Alan Galbraith

City of St Helena Mayor
1,277 votes (48.87%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Rehabilitation/Replacement of City buildings, parks, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Downtown revitalization.
  • Workforce/affordable housing.



Following graduation from Law School, I taught for a year at Boalt Hall Law School (University of California, Berkeley), worked part time for California Rural Legal Assistance (on Native American legal issues), and then spent a year as a research clerk for Justice Stanley Mosk of the California Supreme Court (and former State Attorney General).  Following my clerkship, I was in private law practice for nearly 40 years.  My matters were mostly civil cases in both federal and state courts, including federal and state appellate courts.  I also handled significant regulatory matters before major federal agencies.  I worked with experts in many fields, especially finance.

In 1969, I married Sarah Dunlap.  We have three children (a foreign service officer, a newspaper editor/reporter, and a law professor) and six fun grandchildren.  Sarah on her father's side has deep roots in Napa County.  Her great-grandfather, Nathan Coombs, was the founder of the City of Napa.  A great grandfather, David Dunlap, was Sheriff of Napa County.  Sarah's parents retired to a family property in the Coombsville area, east of the City of Napa.  During my active legal career, we were frequent visitors to Napa County. 

Upon retirement from active law practice and moving permanently to St. Helena, I have devoted my time to governmental work.  Before becoming Mayor of St. Helena in November 2014, I served for four years on the Planning Commission as well as a number of other City committees.  At the County level, I am in my fourth year as a Director of the Napa Valley Transportation Authority and the Napa Valley Flood Control and Conservation District.  Prior to becoming Mayor, I also Chaired the Napa County Grand Jury.



Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson
  • Napa County Supervisor Diane Dillon
  • St. Helena Star

Elected Officials (4)

  • U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
  • St. Helena Vice Mayor Peter White

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a pragmatist.  There are many practical constraints on small City government that affect its operations.  Like many cities, our City has suffered from underinvestment in public facilities for decades.  While there are many explanations, the primary one is the absence of sufficient revenue to address our underinvestment.  When I became Mayor in 2014, there was a real question as to whether we could maintain much enjoyed City services given the demands on City revenue.  The need for a new source of revenue was apparent.

As a result, I led the campaign for Measure D in the Fall of 2014, a local sales tax measure, which was approved by St. Helena voters.  This has brought in significant new revenue to our City ($1.6 million in its first full year).  It has enabled us to maintain City services, and also provided some revenue that we can apply toward our infrastructure and other needs.  If re-elected, I will work collaboratively with my City Council colleagues on these challenges.

Our City officials are non-partisan.  As I said, I am a pragmatist.  I have never sought to state a "political philosophy" as I would understand that term.  My guiding principle is always to act in which I believe to be the best interest of our small City.  



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