Palm Springs Drag Queen/Philanthropist Alan “Alfie” Pettit Enters Campaign for City Council
Contact: Randy Economy, Campaign Advisor, 562 743 0882
(June 13, 2019, Palm Springs, CA) Longtime Palm Springs community leader, and philanthropist Alan “Alfie” Pettit has begun the legal process of entering the District 3 campaign for city council.
Pettit, who is also known as drag queen/performer/activist “Arial Trampway” will challenge controversial incumbent councilman Geoff Kors, that includes most of the Downtown Palm Springs business district and immediate surrounding neighborhoods.
Pettit, 49, has been a resident of Palm Springs for the past 13 years and has been active in all aspects of civic life in the community and has raised tens of thousands of dollars to local groups and organizations over the years as he says “a way to give back to the community I love and will be honored to serve as a member of the City Council.”
Pettit said he wants to focus his campaign on “issues of substance” and wants to bring a “atmosphere of inclusiveness back to city hall.” Pettit said he plans to never engage in the “politics of destruction, but to bring honesty and openness to Palm Springs City Hall.”
“We have watched politicians here in Palm Springs use their perceived power of authority to carve out safe political turf for themselves these past four years, and I believe now is the time to challenge the status quo and to bring public service back to the Palm Springs City Council instead of the current back stabbing that has been well documented in the media regarding the actions of my opponent,” said Pettit.
“The campaign is turning into a grassroots movement and the media is already buzzing about our awesome chances of winning in November,” Pettit said.
Pettit also rolled out a massive one of a kind flashy rolling campaign headquarters that has people stopping all over the Coachella Valley to get a look at the colorful beast of a vehicle.
“Our campaign is going straight to the voters and will be visiting every street and house and voter and business in District 3,” Pettit said. “Look, I know what people want from our elected officials, and this campaign is already flying high in a massive 38 foot motor coach,” he said.
Here is more about the life of Mr. Pettit:
Originally from Vancouver, WA, Alfie Pettit arrived at age 21 in Los Angeles and established the iconic “Alfie’s of Hollywood”. Dubbed ‘The Paparazzi with a Pen’ by the Los Angeles Times, Alfie’s personality and style gained him introduction and industry access to many film, television and pop stars. “Alfie’s of Hollywood” became a trusted source for photographs, autographs, memorabilia and anecdotes. Alfie was himself featured on nationally syndicated television shows including Leeza Gibbons, American Journal, Hard Copy, CNBC Money, as well as international TV appearances in Italy and Japan. Since first arriving in Palm Springs in 2006, Alfie Pettit has been a force to be reckoned with in the realms of entertainment, philanthropy and politics. A promotional powerhouse, Alfie brings notoriety to all he touches, and can draw a crowd to any event, from fundraisers to dinner parties.
Stay tuned, the Pettit for City Council Campaign will be rolling out a massive colorful campaign coach that will be the talk of the talk for years to come.
Alfie’s alter ego Arial Trampway was born in 1998 in West Hollywood prepping for an appearance at Palm Spring’s White Party. She came in a Volvo that would barely fit her big blond hair. Originally just Arial (named after the famous mermaid of the same name), the last name Trampway was an addition that came later when she moved to Palm Springs right near the well-known attraction that coincidentally happens to be called the Arial Tramway. Though her true origins most likely began in her parent’s home as a child, where her mother would often dress little Alfie up in drag, which he naturally took to quite willingly.
Alfie and Arial Trampway have raised money for countless Palm Springs and area Coachella Valley based charities, including Desert AIDS Project, Angel View, the Desi Strong Foundation, HRC, and numerous others with much pride in the effort to make Palm Springs a better and more colorful place for all far and wide.
Arial Trampway was even a contestant in 2017’s Queen of the Desert pageant, benefiting The Desert AIDS Project, where she won Best Gown and delighted the audience with her original numbers to ‘I Am What I Am’ and Shirley Bassey’s ‘Get This Party Started’. Alfie’s dedication to charity was in part born from his own battles with AIDS, cancer and substance abuse. Alfie, a cancer survivor was appointed as honorary Chair for the American Cancer Society Desert Spirit in 2017. After being diagnosed with HIV Alfie began a cross country speaking tour at various venues such as high schools, speaking out about the realities of living with HIV, AIDS, and the perils of people’s adverse reactions and bullying. This was a window into the positive impact of charitable work and the true influence Alfie could have on numerous communities. Alfie is a former proud client and patron of the Desert AIDS Project.
A noted 12-step program also taught Alfie to be a much more giving person. It’s built into every part of the program, to always be of service. He has been fortunate enough to live a very blessed life after coming through these obstacles, and that’s put him in a position to be able to give back. And as a drag queen there are numerous opportunities to help charitable causes around every city, Palm Springs. And he Always roots for an underdog. One of the former owners and show opener for Carnival Cabaret at Oscars Cafe and Bar, Alfie was honored for his charitable and entertainment work in Palm Springs with a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Fame in Sept 2016. Following that he became the head of his own show, Arial Trampway Presents DRG BRNCH Sundays @ Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, where the weekly packed house was witness to some of the biggest names in drag. A fully produced show originated by Alfie Pettit in concert with the multiple Emmy award-winning producer David Reese, DRGBRNCH flourished at The Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs until the end of 2017, when Alfie had to file a discrimination lawsuit against the company for unlawful termination of the contract and show. The lawsuit has been successfully settled.
Recently Alfie has been working on his social media empire, giving fans a more fully immersive look into his life in the spotlight in and out, and his campaign for Palm Springs City Council will indeed become much talked about everywhere.
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