City government

Wolk wants bright future for Davis, his family

By February 13, 2011

Dan Wolk is part of a new generation of leadership in Davis and he says he wants to shape the town’s future for his children to grow up in.

Wolk, 33, is one of 10 applicants seeking to fill a vacancy on the Davis City Council. He said applying for the job was a difficult decision, but he realized it was an opportunity for him to ensure his daughters are raised in as wonderful a community as he was.

He and his wife, Jamima, have a 2-year-old, Avery Scout, and a baby girl due in May.

“Having grown up here, I would have the best interests of our community at heart,” Wolk said in his application. “Indeed, the fact that I’ve grown up here is a large part of why I am submitting my name. My very temperament and character — in fact, who I am today — were forged by this town and its people.

“What this town has given me is a large part of why I chose to return to the area to raise a family and serve the community.”

Wolk has name recognition — his mother is state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, and his father, Bruce, is a UC Davis law professor — but he insists on being considered for his individual accomplishments.

“My mother and father are prominent and well-respected in this town and region and I am very proud of their accomplishments,” he said. “At the same time, those are their accomplishments and do not enhance or diminish my own personal and professional goals and achievements.

“I have staked out my own path; I should not be judged by their footsteps.”

He works as a water and public finance attorney for Solano County. He also chairs the Davis Social Services Commission and founded the free Legal Clinic of Yolo County.

He had been employed as Davis’ deputy city attorney and as an analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank.

Wolk earned his degree in economics from Stanford University and his law degree from UC Berkeley.

He notes, he was also the first mayor to “serve” in Davis High School’s Youth in Government Day program.

“I have the experience, energy, work ethic, collaboration skills, intelligence and familiarity with local government to serve Davis well,” he said.

Wolk said his top priorities are the city’s budget and long-term fiscal responsibilities, economic growth, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, civil discourse on the City Council and establishing regional partnerships.

Already, Wolk has garnered some support from the community. He told The Enterprise, “I have been humbled by the outpouring of encouragement I’ve received to apply for the vacancy.”

“Ultimately, I represent a new generation of leadership in our community,” he said. “One that takes the torch of the past and makes it burn even brighter into the future.”

— Reach Crystal Lee at [email protected] or (530) 747-8057.

Quick study

Why should the City Council pick you?

The City Council should pick me because I have the experience, background and collaboration skills — and would offer a new generation of leadership — to help the city I grew up in, and am raising my children in, face the challenges before it.

What would be your No. 1 priority as a City Council member?

As with other communities and the state itself, our city’s number one priority right now should be its budget and financial challenges.

What do you see as our community’s strengths and weaknesses?

It is difficult to summarize our community’s strengths, but here are some of the top ones: UC Davis, our schools, bicycling, downtown, parks/greenbelts, arts, train station and recreational opportunities. At the same time, we could be stronger in these areas: affordable housing, infrastructure, business development and our financial situation.

Crystal Lee

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