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Carrillo unfazed by new challenge from Carpenter


One day after former Sonoma County Supervisor Ernie Carpenter shocked many local residents by announcing his bid for his old west county seat, Efren Carrillo — who holds that seat — said he is undaunted and will campaign hard for a second term.

On Friday afternoon, Carrillo stopped by the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office to finalize his election paperwork, submit his statement of qualification and pay his filing fee of $1,340.97. Friday was filing deadline for the June primary election.

Carpenter, an environmental advocate who also filed his elections documents Friday, said the day before that he was compelled to run because of his dissatisfaction with Carrillo’s record on land-use issues. Carpenter said construction, real estate and development interests are some of Carrillo’s biggest donors.

But Carrillo defended his environmental record.

“In my tenure here on the board, we have preserved forever the Jenner headlands, the 5,600-acre crown jewel of Sonoma County’s coastline,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo also said he’s been a strong supporter of fish habitat in the Russian River and related streams and creeks, supported the development of local, affordable, sustainable food and championed the local water agency’s goal of being carbon-free by 2015.

But Carrillo has supported several controversial projects, most notably the Dutra Materials asphalt plant south of Petaluma. That key vote — as well as his refusal to oppose the proposed Preservation Ranch forest-to-vineyard conversion project on 20,000 acres outside of Annapolis — have many Sonoma County environmentalists thinking twice about letting Carrillo have a second term.

Carrillo insists taking a position on Preservation Ranch prior to the completion of the state environmental review process would be “irresponsible,” given the “quasi-judicial” role of the Board of Supervisors in the process.

“I can compare it to asking a judge to weigh in on a trial before the hearing,” he said. “Are there environmental concerns that need to be addressed with a project of this magnitude? Absolutely.”

On Friday, former Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Veronica Jacobi, also an environmentalist, finalized her election paperwork for the same supervisorial seat. Jacobi, Carrillo and Carpenter were among a number of local candidates for local and state elected office who beat the 5 p.m. deadline for filing election documents.

Tom Lynch, a Guerneville businessman and Democrat, finalized his bid against Green candidate Pamela Elizondo, an environmental health consultant from Laytonville, and Democratic Assemblyman Wes Chesbro for the 2nd Assembly District. Chesbro currently represents the 1st District.

Joe Boswell of San Rafael, who works for a small family-owned business that specializes in wine barrels, came to Sonoma County to submit his ballot statement.

Boswell is running as an independent for the 10th Assembly District, a packed race that includes Democratic 7th District Assemblyman Michael Allen. Boswell, 28, said it was his first bid for elected office. He said he was active in the Barack Obama campaign and was an executive assistant to the first lady’s chief of staff.

Gloria Colter, assistant registrar of voters, said Friday saw a “steady flow of people” finalizing their candidacies.

Who’s running for local, state and federal seats in Sonoma County?

The following candidates have filed for local, statewide and national office. The list is based on election filings at the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters Office. It may not be complete, since some candidates for statewide and congressional offices may have filed in neighboring counties.

2nd Congressional District: Susan Adams, Democrat and Marin County supervisor; Mike Halliwell, college professor, a Cotati Republican; Tiffany Renee, a Democrat and Petaluma vice mayor; Norman Solomon, Democrat of Point Reyes Station; Jared Huffman, San Rafael Democrat and state assemblyman; Stacey Lawson, Democrat of San Rafael; Brooke Clarke, a Ukiah small-business owner, no party affiliation; Daniel Roberts, securities broker dealer and Mill Valley Republican; Larry Fritzlan, a Mill Valley Democrat.

5th Congressional District: Mike Thompson, 1st District congressman, a St. Helena Democrat; Stewart John Cilley, certified public accountant and Rohnert Park Republican; Randy Loftin, a tax and financial planning adviser and Napa Republican.

3rd District State Senate: Lois Wolk, the current 5th District state senator from Davis.

10th Assembly District: Michael Allen, a San Rafael Democrat and state assemblyman; Joe Boswell, a San Rafael independent; H. Christian Gunderson, a chiropractor and Petaluma Democrat; Marc Levine, Democrat and San Rafael city councilman; Peter J. Mancus, Republican small-business owner of Sebastopol.

Sonoma County 3rd District supervisor: incumbent Shirlee Zane; Tim Smith of Rohnert Park, a small-business owner and educator.

Sonoma County 1st District supervisor: Filing deadline extended to March 14 because there is no incumbent.

Sonoma County 5th District supervisor: Incumbent Efren Carrillo; Veronica Jacobi, former Santa Rosa City Council member; Ernie Carpenter, former county supervisor and consultant.

You can reach Staff Writer Martin Espinoza at 521-5213 or martin.espinoza@pressdemocrat.com.

5 Responses to “Carrillo unfazed by new challenge from Carpenter”

  1. StopBoscosCorruptCronies says:

    Corrupt Sonoma County, California Supervisors, Ernie Carpenter & Efren Carillo, Wholly Engineered by Sugar Daddy, Former Congressman, DOUGLAS H. BOSCO!

    Solid Waste Climate Protection Campaign

    Doug Bosco & His Phantom Railroad

    An entirely greater level of political interference is manifestly run on behalf of Bosco and allied financial interests by many members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. As only one example, the precocious political career of present Fifth District Supervisor Efren Carillo was wholly engineered by people like Bosco and former Fifth District Supervisor Eric Koenigshofer, an attorney and long-standing member in good faith of the Bosco Boys. In the final weeks of the race, Carillo’s campaign received a virtually unheard-of campaign donation of $23,500 from none other than Bosco’s Northwestern Pacific Railroad business partner, Skip Berg, by way of his company Berg Holdings. Syar, the gravel mining company, gave over $8,000. Bosco himself chipped in $5,000. Carillo’s opponent, long-time Sonoma

  2. John Lennon says:

    Olny mronos crae aoubt sepllng on da itwerwebs

    Its ulselss.

  3. Proofreader says:

    @ John Lennon


    1). “one thing thing” is sort of an oxymoron being two thing thing (s)
    2). Who is Castillo?
    3). “He’s a lair.” In what context are you referring Mr. Castillo as a dwelling?

    There’s nothing wrong with Ernie spending his money in a losing campaign. If he wants to take time off from his work promoting garbage companies and forest to vineyard applicants in NW Sonoma County (remember Ernie was the paid representative of this proposal in 1999); run Earnie run. Good for a few laughs anyway.

  4. John Lennon says:

    Yeah, everyone just loves to spend all their money on a campaign with a strong possibility of losing.

    One thing thing article proves is that Castillo is perfect for politics.

    He’s a lair.

  5. Harry Callahan says:

    When you have a group of candidates that all sound the same, belief in the same thing and vote the same, why bother voting? This is a like a feudal society chosing a new king. None of it will be good for the peasants.