Guest blog by Nicholas Hatten

Here is a dirty little secret that nobody talks about: The Annual San Joaquin County One Voice
Washington DC Tour is a joke. Why? I remember receiving a call from Congressman Jerry McNerney’s
first Deputy Chief of Staff asking me, and I quote, “What the f*ck is this One Voice visit all about?” When
I explained it to him, he laughed and pointed out that congressional staff want to work on opportunities
for the district 24/7 365 days of the year. He said city or county staff should know they can call DC staff
whenever, and that a lobbying tour, to him, was just a waste of time and a giant PR stunt. So why is it
done? It is a lazy colonized and outdated way to make it look like our elected officials and agency staff
are doing something. Our languorous media cover the big dollars as if those who participate in the
weeklong DC visit actually earned those funds during their stay. The truth of the matter is those
earmarks were already in the works. You cannot source federal funds within a week. It is just not
realistic and if the delegation learns of new funding opportunities, well, they could easily learn about
those without spending thousands and thousands on travel expenses simply by signing up to the federal
grant email newsletter listserv.

What does this have to do with William Muetzenberg? Well, just like city/county/agency staff need to
rethink how they approach governing, San Joaquin County (and in this case, Tracy) residents seriously
need to reconsider how they vote for candidates for public office. Historically, San Joaquin County
residents vote for the nice guy/gal. The person they like personally. I am here to challenge that notion
and ask people to take a serious look at someone’s background, their work and advocacy experience
and their proven ability to lead before giving someone their vote. William has all these attributes in
spades. While born in the East Bay, at a young age William and his family moved to Tracy, CA like so
many other Bay Area transplants. Not born with a silver spoon in his mouth, through perseverance and
drive, he has made a success of his circumstances.

After graduating from ULCA, Mutezenberg became a Fellowship Aid to Assemblywoman Susan Eggman.
While there he earned a front row seat to the power of coalition building