Gary Wysocky says he will not be running against Shirlee Zane in the race for the Board of Supervisors. Instead he’s decided to seek re-election to the Santa Rosa City Council in the fall.
“The timing wasn’t right,” he said about running for supervisor. Instead he said he’s looking forward to serving another four years on the council.
“I really want to work on long-term financial planning for the city,” he told me over coffee. “I don’t think we are doing enough to focus on our long-term financial picture.”
For the moment, that leaves the race for the 3rd District supervisorial seat between Zane and former Rohnert Park Mayor and City Councilman Tim Smith. The filing deadline for that position is Friday.
The election for the Board of Supervisors is June 5 while the election for the City Council won’t be until Nov. 6. Wysocky was the top vote-getter among 11 candidates in the 2008 election.
Smith ran unsuccessfully for the 3rd District supervisor’s seat in 2008. He finished third in a four-person race in the June primary. Zane beat former Santa Rosa Councilwoman Sharon Wright in the fall runoff. How Smith would fare in a head-to-head competition is unknown. But he started the process of filing very late, on Feb. 29, well after Zane had locked up some key endorsements. Likewise, Wysocky would have had a tough time putting together a campaign at this point.
Smith said he was running partly because he wanted to make sure there was a race and that the seat wouldn’t go uncontested. “I think democracy deserves debate,” he said.
- Paul Gullixson