Leslie Truly Wilde is determined to serve a term on the Dunsmuir City Council. After being defeated by her opponent Ed Steele in the June primary, Wilde has once again thrown her hat in the election ring for a chance to be seated on the council this November.

Wilde has resided in Siskiyou County for 20 years and in Dunsmuir for seven years. She holds an associate’s degree in natural resources from College of the Siskiyous, and Wilde is currently the owner of the Green Collar Compassionate Collective – the only medical marijuana dispensary in town.

During her Siskiyou County residency, Wilde has been employed by the California Conservation Corps, the California Department of Forestry, and the U.S. Forest Service.

She worked as a firefighter, a timber cruiser, and a C.C.C. crew supervisor. During this period, she gained experience in grant acquisition, workforce training, and disaster preparedness planning.  

Wilde also served on the law committee of the Siskiyou County Grand Jury for two years when she first moved to Dunsmuir, during which she embarked on legal research assignments.

For several years, Wilde has volunteered as a precinct officer on Election Day at the Dunsmuir Community Building. Eventually, she was asked to become a precinct captain and manage the precinct on the big day.

Wilde also donates money to various animal rescue groups to pay for the feeding and shelter of homeless animals.

Now, Wilde is seeking to serve a council term in an effort to build on the current council’s progress. “As a member of the council, I would help Dunsmuir stay on its forward path,” she said.   

“I have a passion for recycling, and currently in Dunsmuir, our Blue Bag program is under-utilized and the city gets zero dollars for the recycled cans and bottles. I would like to change that,” said Wilde.

Concerned about the high cost of water, Wilde said that the council should develop a plan to provide discounted or free water service for seniors and disabled citizens.

“I would sponsor the ‘Wilde Water Act’ to finance the difference on discounted water rates,” said Wilde. This would entail tapping revenue from the bottling plant (which will be leased to a new company within the next two months), and/or from marijuana sales tax if Proposition 19 is approved by voters this November.    

 An advocate of medical marijuana patients’ rights, Wilde said she would also advocate for the council to adopt a resolution that would proclaim Dunsmuir “respects and protects” the rights of medical marijuana patients to safe, legal access to medicine at a dispensary. The resolution would also ensure patients’ privacy and protection in growing their medicine at home without undue expense and harassment. “This would be a Bill of Rights for medical marijuana patients,” she said.
Wilde stated that another goal would be to “bring a fractured and divided Dunsmuir back together after such a mean and spirited election season.”

Referring to Citizens for a Better Dunsmuir as “Bullies for a Bitter Dunsmuir,” Wilde said, “The CFBD group is driven by contempt for those they disagree with. They hope to silence and eliminate all political opposition. They aren’t seeking consensus. They are seeking control.”

Wilde stated that she believes the current council made tremendous efforts to work with the community in identifying solutions to the water and sewer project dilemma. However, she noted that the CFBD filed a lawsuit against the city following the Proposition 218 protest process. “The CFBD members prefer to wallow in imagined victimhood than approach solutions,” she commented.

Regarding medical marijuana, Wilde said she believes that if CFBD council candidates are elected, they will try to ban dispensaries and make all cultivation a crime. “They suffer from a terminal case of Reefer Madness,” she added.

Wilde said that the upcoming election offers a choice to voters to either move forward or remain stuck in the past. “For that reason, I hope voters reject the recall bid. Dunsmuir’s future depends on it,” stated Wilde.