BCLT Director Green seeks Honorary Mayor slot
By the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce
Jon Green, outreach and program director for the Back Country Land Trust, is the third candidate to toss his hat into the ring to be Alpine’s 2015 Honorary Mayor!
Green’s visible improvement project for Alpine —- a new requirement this year in the annual race sponsored by the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce —- is to get enough dollar “votes” to provide interpretive signs at Alpine’s Wright’s Field preserve.
“My campaign pledge is to create personal and community connection to Wright’s Field through trailside interpretive signs,” Green said in an interview. “This is in partnership with the Back Country Land Trust.” Green said he also wants to raise awareness of the nonprofit Back Country Land Trust, a Chamber member that works to preserve and conserve local rural areas. Under the 2015 Honorary Mayor campaign rules, each dollar donated to a candidate’s campaign is a vote and the candidate with the most votes still wins. However, this year each candidate gets to keep all the money he or she brings in for their projects.
Green said that rule change prompted him to seek the volunteer office. “Trail signs are a capital commitment for one time and then they’ll be there forever,” he said. “The more money we raise, the more signs.”
The other 2015 candidates are Dr. Cynthia Jackson, Alpine Orthodontics owner, and Christine Connell, Alpine Library Friends Association president. Jackson plans to use the money she raises for public school projects. Connell will use her dollar “votes” to help furnish the new Alpine Library.
Green said he’s campaigning through personal and community contacts as well as using social media. “We’re going to bring a lot of money in to Alpine and from outside San Diego County,” the candidate said.
Born and raised in New Hampshire, Green has a background in environmental education, conservation and recreation. He moved to the West 15 years ago and settled in 2011 in Alpine, where he’s now raising his 4-year-old daughter.
Donations to candidate campaigns must be turned in to the Alpine Chamber office at 2741 Alpine Blvd., Ste. 102, by Feb. 2. Call (619) 445-2722 or visit www.alpinechamber.com for details.
To cast your donation vote for Jon Green online, visit the chamber website at www.alpinechamber.com