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Evans not ‘currently’ a candidate for supes seat

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State Sen. Noreen Evans on Tuesday left open the door to seeking a new job, including a seat on the California Court of Appeal and perhaps the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors.

“It is no secret that one of my lifelong dreams is to serve on the bench, but that is solely within the governor’s discretion,” Evans wrote in a statement released in the afternoon.

The Santa Rosa Democrat, an attorney, also stated that she “currently” does not have plans to run for another public office, an apparent reference to speculation that she also will seek the Sonoma County Board of Supervisor’s seat being vacated by Valerie Brown.

But in the evening, during a brief interview at an event in Napa, she said “I have not ruled it out and I have not ruled it in,” when asked directly about the 1st District supervisors race next year.

“There is much to consider, including where I can best use my years of experience with the state budget crisis to assist my constituents in mitigating cuts to local services,” Evans wrote in her statement.

Her written and in-person comments came a day after sources confirmed that she submitted an application to Gov. Jerry Brown asking him to appoint her as an appellate justice.

Asked Tuesday evening about when she had submitted the application for a judgeship, she said she “will not confirm or deny” having done so.

Applying for a judgeship less than nine months into her four-year term as a state senator, as well as talk about a bid for a county supervisor’s seat, has led to speculation that she is dissatisfied in her current job.

Answering questions as she arrived at the Skyline Park Social Center in Napa, where she was to be honored by the California Native Plant Society as its Legislator of the Year, Evans said she “is committed to doing my job.”

That echoed her earlier statement that she is focused on getting bills that were passed by the Legislature signed by the governor and preparing for next year’s legislative session. “My highest priority has always been to serve the best interests of my constituents,” she wrote.

But her search for new employment could become a political liability, not just in Sacramento but in the county supervisor’s contest should Evans decide to enter the fray.

In one scenario, Evans could be running for the county seat, waiting on the judgeship and simultaneously trying to meet the demands of being a state senator.

Brown, who is retiring, said Evans’ potentially seeking to leave her current post “matters vastly.”

“We just elected her as a state senator,” Brown said Tuesday. “Should she go to the state court system or run for supervisor, we are going to be in the position of electing another senator.”

A special election would have to be held to replace Evans should she step down early. The costs for such an election in Sonoma County alone could run at least $500,000, unless the contest could be bundled with another race.

Candidates who’ve already announced their intention to replace Brown said Tuesday they would make Evans’ job search an issue should she enter the local contest.

“When one puts themselves on the ballot to do a job, I believe they should do it,” said Santa Rosa City Councilman John Sawyer. “It’s not about convenience. It’s not about money. It’s a major commitment.”

Gina Cuclis, a communications consultant and member of the county’s Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board, said the “question becomes who in this race really wants to be supervisor.”

Mark Bramfitt, an energy consultant and board member of the Valley of the Moon Water District and Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission, expressed a similar sentiment.

Nevertheless, he said he considers Evans such a formidable foe that were she to enter the race he said he’d consider dropping out.

“That’s conceivable,” he said.

16 Responses to “Evans not ‘currently’ a candidate for supes seat”

  1. Supervisor or Rep.? says:

    Everyone in Democratic politics locally knows that Evans has been lusting after Representative Woolsey’s seat for years. But her home is in Rep. Thompson’s district. If she works her way down the political ladder and becomes a supervisor, she’ll be positioning herself to compete for Thompson’s seat when he retires.

    One big problem standing in the way of her ambitions is her home is not in Brown’s district either. If she sells it in this market, it represents a big financial loss.

    If she goes ahead and sells her house despite being under water then the PD should look seriously at whether or not a love child or some sugar daddy is involved. There are limits on how a legislator can spend funds raised for a 2014 Senate election campaign.

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  2. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    I voted for Noreen and she’s done a lot of good in Sacramento. Noreen, if you’re reading this, you need to work your full term that we who support you expect you to do. I think Brown would be more inclined to put you in a judge’s seat if you show you are reliable. Just ignore the attacks from the PD, put your nose to the grindstone, and continue to do the good work for your district.

    And thanks.

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  3. GAJ says:

    The only thing that concerns me about talk that Noreen might step away from her position is the fact that a special election would evidently cost $500,000.

    That’s reason enough for her to wait till the end of her term to make any change.

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  4. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    One wonders what the PD has done to it’s own workers. Layed frontline employees off have you? Management still intact? Benefits and salaries cut?

    The PD is so anti union. Even the “fair” to union worker articles are biased. It would be really nice to read a “fair and unbiased” article for a change.

    It’s come to the point that the only reason I buy the paper is for the funnies section.

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  5. Dave Madigan says:

    @ Average Joe said:

    “The only bench she should serve is a park bench.”

    Sorry Joe…..Noreen would whine about a mere park bench to sit on. It would have to be high class leather for her tastes.

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  6. Cherie Maria says:

    These articles that target the ambitions of Noreen Evans have a very focused gender bias engaged in all of them.

    If Noreen were male would she be treated the same way by this reporter?

    My guess is no and the article would read something to the effect of:

    Young ambitious State Senator Evans applies for judicial post.

    At some point the Press Democrat is going to have to face the music, intelligent and ambitious women in Sonoma County (and all over our state and the country) are being elected to office and they are doing remarkable work.

    That may be a bitter pill for Derek Moore to take, but at some point he’s going to have to learn to swallow it!

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  7. Walter Cronkite says:

    Watch Stupid Conservatives. LOL!

    The PD HATES that Noreen enjoys fairly strong support in her district, and keeps dishing “facts” worthy of the Sun, The National Enquirer, et al. The bottom feeders, the people who voted against her in the last election, are the main ones spewing their inanities here. She got almost 60% of the vote last year, for which I’m sure there was lots of wailing and gnashing of teeth on the editorial board.

    Ken’s right. What’s up for tomorrow PD? “Noreen Evans in ’10 item or less line’ with 14 items!” “Noreen Evans gases up state car using a state credit card!” “Evans hated by local Tea Party Patriots!” “PD editorial board has apoplectic fit that Evans is still a state senator!” “Is Noreen Evans pregnant with Michael Allen’s love child?”

    I’m giddy with anticipation!

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  8. Average Joe says:

    The only bench she should serve is a park bench.

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  9. Money Grubber says:

    Only the foolish voter opts to RE-elect any politician any longer.

    Its the people current in public office who have destroyed our economy.

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  10. Audrey Sanderson says:

    The PD’s hatred for Noreen Evans (and Pat Wiggins before her) is well known and it’s not a surprise that they send their worst and most vicious hack/writer Derek Moore after her. The result is the familiar dreck of speculation, unfounded rumor and slanted reporting. The only new twist is their use of of the Tea Party Greek Chorus which rushes out to make personal insults and attack her on the Watch Stupid Conservatives page that the PD has so conveniently provided. No wonder the local paper is better known as the Press Demagogue.

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  11. Dan Delgado says:

    The only one placing a target on Evans is Evans herself.

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  12. Reality Check says:

    Friends of Noreen appear to have trouble accepting the facts about her.

    She’s in the first year of a 4-year senate term.

    She’s applied for another job.

    Understandably, she will neither confirm nor deny that she’s considering running for yet another job, presumably a fallback option if denied first choice.

    That the public might have an interest in all this, especially given her public utterances on the burden of “public service” seems obvious.

    Where’s the “hack job”?

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  13. Non Violent says:


    I love how the Press Demo ran an advertising piece on the politician from Healdsberg with photo op and declaration that he plans to run for RE-election.

    I even pointed that out in a comment to the article but the PD deleted it. Truth hurt too much.

    My observation is just opposite of yours, apparently. Or are we just witnessing that the Press Democrat manipulates politics to suit the preference of the news lobby?

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  14. Ken S. says:

    Another day another hack job on Evans. Will there also be an article on Allen tomorrow? Eviscerate, eviscerate, eviscerate.

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  15. bill says:

    Time for Noreen to get out of public service. One term is enough to give and more only leads to problems.

    A steady flow of new blood is the best for all of us.

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  16. Demosthenes says:

    I love how the PD has placed a giant target on Evans and asked candidates (who she’s not even running against) to take shots at it.

    Bravo, PD. Bravo.

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