Reinette Senum for CA Governor

Reinette Senum for California Governor


“Look closely at the present you are constructing: It should look like the future you are dreaming.”
– Alice Walker

After moving to Nevada County in 1971, I fell in love with Nevada City on my family’s very first drive up Broad Street. The words “it’s magical” came out of my four-year-old mouth. The picturesque little hamlet in the foothills instantly made Nevada City feel like home.
My appreciation for my community and for California continued to deepen after spending many years adventuring around the world through nearly 60 countries as a young adult.
Our nation and California have always allowed me the opportunity to pursue my dreams. But in 2004, I grew increasingly concerned with the direction of our planet. After much personal reflection, I soon realized that if I was going to make the world a better place, I needed to start with my own community.
Below, you will find a partial list of my community work and outreach projects over the last 18 years, all of which were voluntary. I did not receive any payment for these efforts, including my time as a council member and mayor. The only exceptions were stipends I received from several crowdfunding campaigns I launched and managed for community and economic development purposes (noted below).


Filed with the California Secretary of State,
submitting official bid for
California Governor 2022


  • Decided to run for California Governor, began writing Contract With Californians (a blueprint forward)
  • Launched Reinette Senum’s Chew On This! interview series (banned from YouTube, moved to Bitchute), providing little known information regarding Covid
  • Resigned from Nevada City City Council before beginning 3rd term, stepping down to step up
  • Re-elected for third term, Nevada City City Council
“To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
– Buckminster Fuller



  • Mayor of Nevada City City Council
  • Alaska Revisited performance fundraiser; 100% of all proceeds dedicated to 4 Elements, Fox Walkers Youth & Coyote Track Program (a 501c3 for children, families, and teens)
  • Produced FlameMapper public presentation of predictive fire-spread modeling for the City of Nevada City, at City Hall, so as to improve the fire prediction and community’s emergency response
  • Produced Digital Dalang’s Indonesian Shadow Puppetry at Nevada City’s First Friday Art Walk, bringing International art to the streets


  • Created & managed the GoFundMe “Goat Fund Me Nevada City” crowdfunding campaign to underwrite the City of Nevada City’s goat-grazing program for fire reduction on city-owned land. Campaign attracted international attention and raised $26,700


  • Board Member, Vice Chair, 4 Elements, Fox Walkers Youth & Coyote Tracking Program (501c3, for children, families, and teens)
  • Testified at CA Assembly Hearing opposing SB649, successfully stopping unabated small cell (5G) deployment throughout California


  • Elected to the Nevada City City Council for a second term
  • Helped create and mentor young Nevada City and County activists through a group called Future of Nevada County (FoNC), with one of the top goals being to gauge the community’s desire for a pedestrian-friendly lower Commercial St.
    • FoNC members:
      • Held 2 public surveys for business owners and residents
      • Produced a Town Hall Public Forum
  • Raised over $9,000 through the Polish Ambassador concert (proceeds were dedicated to landscaping plans of lower Commercial St.)
  • Successfully launched a community-wide campaign preventing the installation of 8 Verizon microwave towers atop a historic downtown Nevada City building
  • Transported solar panels, generator, and supplies to Standing Rock Dakota Access pipeline protest, North Dakota
“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world”
– Howard Zinn



  • Created, launched, and became current administrator of Nevada County’s first TimeBank, Hour Nevada County, building community while providing an alternative economic system through a time-based currency
  • Launched and was lead organizer for Nevada City’s annual spring and fall city-wide cleanings
  • Created & managed a GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign for the installation of terrace lights across Commercial Street, town square test pilot; raised $4,183
  • Created & managed a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for The Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum’s Turntable Spectacular, inspired by San Francisco’s famous cable car turntable. Raised $31,250 for historic, economic, and education purposes


  • 2014 recipient of the prestigious Elza Kilroy Award for outstanding community service
  • Created & managed a Kickstarter campaign for Three Forks Bakery & Brewing. Raised $41,918 for community & downtown economic development
  • Created & managed a Kickstarter campaign for Wheyward Girl Creamery. Raised $28,210 for downtown economic development
  • Organizing Team Member: The Paralympian Parade Celebration/Parade for Nevada City resident, Paralympian Gold Medalist
  • 2014 recipient of the 25th Annual Col. William H. “Bill” Lambert Award for outstanding contributions to the community


  • Managed Commercial Street Boardwalk’s weekly Acoustic Thursdays, bringing music to the streets
  • Created and organized the annual Nevada County’s first organic Farm to Table Banquet in downtown Nevada City, demonstrating community-building potential and organic farms/restaurants network


  • Project Chair, The Boardwalk on Commercial Street
    • Recipient of the Lon Cooper New Construction Award, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce
  • Featured in Case Studies in Sustainable Communities – a periodic publication showcasing model communities and frameworks used by local governments and citizens to achieve sustainability visions


  • Along with Laura Musikanski, Executive Director of the Happiness Initiative, launched Nevada City’s Happiness Initiativeat the Wild and Scenic Film Festival 2012
  • In collaboration with the Nevada City Sustainability Team and APPLE, installed Nevada City’s first multi-purpose, high-capacity bicycle rack in downtown Nevada City at the top of the Boardwalk parklet
  • TEDxGrass Valley Speaker, Community as a Common Destiny
  • Mayor of Nevada City, California
“The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”
– John Maxwell



  • Championed, built, and installed the Commercial St. Boardwalk parklet test-pilot along with members of the Nevada City Sustainability Team
  • Transformed parking meter adjacent to the Commercial St. Boardwalk into a Give-O-Meter; quarters donated help subsidize the maintenance and enhancement of the Boardwalk parklet
  • Member of the city-sanctioned “Energy Solutions Task Force.” The City Council of Nevada City, California adopted a resolution in support of the report (1 of only 13 similar reports in the world)
    • Assessed Nevada City’s specific vulnerabilities to more expensive and less available energy, especially liquid fuels for transportation
    • Recommended actions the City could take to reduce these vulnerabilities and to prepare for their effects
  • Organized and championed 100 volunteers to build a fleet of 40 micro-houses in two days which were hand delivered to the homeless over a 3-year education and public outreach campaign
  • Co-founded Sierra Roots, homeless advocacy organization, which launched the county’s first Extreme Weather Shelter for the Homeless
  • Mentored Nevada Union High School seniors, Go Green on-campus environmental organization
  • Member of Continuum of Care, a city/county homeless advocacy organization


  • Chair, USDA Biomass Task Force (a five county coalition)
    • Assessed and produced white paper on Northern California biomass feasibility


  • Co-championed an $80,000 energy efficient retrofit of a city-owned building originally known as the APPLE Sustainability Center, at no cost to the city, showcasing the building as an energy conservation demonstration
  • Organized and led The Community Congress, a 150-person public workshop with professional facilitation; produced a strategic plan, established 5 key goals and objectives for the City of Nevada City
“It always seems impossible until it's done.”
– Anonymous



  • Elected to Nevada City City Council; received 82% of total votes
  • Organized and chaired the city-sanctioned Nevada City Sustainability Team
    • Established and received city approval for official city-sanctioned 20-year sustainable vision for the City of Nevada City
  • Produced 2nd Power Palooza Extravaganza: Rocketing into Nevada City, A two-day event in downtown Nevada City featuring workshops, speakers, vendors, and demonstrations that focused on energy efficiency alternatives and conservation
  • Co-founder and manager of the now iconic Nevada City Farmers Market – the first organic farmers market in Nevada County, CA


  • Named “Environmentalist of the Year” by the Sierra Nevada Deep Ecology Institute
  • Co-founded the 501c3 PowerUp-NC, bringing energy efficiency programs and incentives to the city as well as businesses and agencies in Nevada City
  • Championed energy audits and the installation of solar panels on all municipally-owned buildings including Nevada City City Hall
  • Board Member of the Nevada City Downtown Business Association
  • Keynote Speaker at Alma Mater, Nevada Union High School graduation
  • Member of The 49er Breakfast Rotary Club
  • Co-organized Nevada City Global Cooling Café; utilized interactive community conversations to address some of the planet’s biggest challenges
  • Created and organized the Power Palooza Extravaganza, Clean Energy Extravaganza – Making It Easy to Make a Difference! two-day event in Nevada City which featured workshops, speakers, vendors, and demonstrations that focused on energy efficiency alternatives and conservation


  • Organized and led Peak Oil Conference
  • Co-founded APPLE (Alliance for a Post-Petroleum World) to promote a more self-reliant, local economy in Nevada County
Elect Reinette for California Governor 2022 - Wake the Bear

“First and foremost, I am a truth-teller; even when the truths are difficult. Right now we have some monumental tasks before us due to the massive failures of our California leadership. I will always lead with integrity and do what is right, even when it’s unpopular.”Reinette Senum For California Governor 2022