The new 2017 Honorary Mayor of Burney is Jill Daugherty.
The winner of the Mayor’s Race was announced at 7 p.m. at the opening event for 2017 Burney Basin Days at Burney High School. The opening event combined an Ice Cream Social, the Kid Fit Family Track and Field Event, and the announcement of the winner of the 2017 Honorary Mayor’s Race.
The Honorary Mayors race is a fun and creative way to raise money for non-profit charities. Whoever raises the most money wins. Money raised is divided between the candidates chosen charities and the Burney Chamber of Commerce.
Seven candidates participated in the race this year. Daugherty campaigned raising money for Burney Citizens Patrol. Other candidates were Shaylene Herndon for Tri Counties Community Network, Mary Frances Unterreiner for St Vincent De Paul, Anna Denny for Burney Sober Grad Night, Ralph Freitas, for Make-A-Wish Foundation (Shasta County), James Glaser, for Boy Scout Troop 38, and Dana Hauge for Burney 4-H.
It was a close race. Burney Chamber of Commerce Office Manager Jen Luck introduced all of the candidates and announced that the seven candidates had raised a total of more that $5,500. Ralph Frietas came in a very close second and Mary Unterreiner was not far behind.
After Jen announced the winner, 2016 Honorary Mayor Nancy Bobo awarded her with the Mayor’s sash and top hat and gave her a bouquet of flowers.
Jill gave a short acceptance speech and Ralph and Mary also spoke briefly expressing their gratitude and hopes for the Burney community.
All of the candidates and their organizations were wonderful. Each candidate was a joy. God bless them all and God bless the people who generously contributed to their campaigns.