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Healdsburg’s Jim Wood gets Wes Chesbro endorsement in Assembly race


Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood announced Friday that his campaign for the state Assembly seat representing the North Coast has been endorsed by the incumbent, 2nd District Assemblyman Wes Chesbro.

Wood’s early entry into the race and strong fundraising have already made him a frontrunner among several Democrats vying for the seat. Chesbro’s endorsement could bolster that status.

Jim Wood.

Jim Wood.

“Jim Wood has the background and experience as City Councilmember and Mayor and as a small town healthcare provider, to hit the ground running as our advocate in Sacramento,” Chesbro said, according to Wood’s announcement.

Chesbro, an Arcata-based Democrat and veteran state legislator, is being termed out next year.

His endorsement of Wood, a dentist elected to the Healdsburg City Council in 2006, was an apparent change of direction for Chesbro. Four months ago he declined an interview about the candidates lining up to replace him.

“He doesn’t want to talk about any potential successors to his seat,” Andrew Bird, his spokesman, said in April. “He just wants to stay away from that.”

At that time, Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo was rumored to be considering a run for Chesbro’s 2nd District Assembly seat. Carrillo’s July 13 arrest has halted that speculation.

Other Democrats vying for the open seat include John Lowry, the former executive director of Burbank Housing in Santa Rosa and Hezekiah Allen, a Mendocino County environmentalist who leads the Mattole Restoration Council.

Elissa Wadleigh, chairwoman of the Sonoma County Republican Party, said she was not aware of any GOP candidates committed to run for the seat.

The 2nd Assembly District stretches along the coast from the northern half of Santa Rosa to the Oregon border and includes all of Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte counties.

Wood’s announcement also included new endorsements from Chesbro’s predecessor, former Assemblywoman Patty Berg, D-Eureka, and Herrmann Spetzler, CEO of Arcata-based Open Door Community Health Centers.

(You can reach Staff Writer Brett Wilkison at 521-5295 or brett.wilkison@pressdemocrat.com.)

6 Responses to “Healdsburg’s Jim Wood gets Wes Chesbro endorsement in Assembly race”

  1. Steveguy says:

    The people no longer matter, it’s all a party line now, and the robots are snorting it.

    Once they get there the schedules are top secret , as most every day is either 1/2 to 2/3rds, to 3/4ers full of FUNDRAISERS !

    Yes, Most of their day is devoted to getting money and cashing in.

    Oh my

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  2. Emerson Burkett says:

    Hey, what can I say? Don’t know the man. But, he does look like a “Politician”. Guess what? A “Politician”, in my book, is below the level of “used car salesman”(with apologies to Honest used car salesmen, and women). I have another favorite saying; “How do you know when a Politician is LYING? Their lips are moving.” sorry, I do not know who to attribute this quote to, but, find it quite true, non the less. Oh well, just thinking out loud, stream of consciousness, etc.

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  3. Grapevines says:

    Another bought and paid for damn-o-crap to fill into the smelly shoes of Evans and Chesbro. And the sheep will end up electing “it” and then complaining about the lousy job “it’s” doing.

    Think for a change people! These are the same scumbags that got us into all the pension/road disintegration/loss of services mess and you want to reward them?

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  4. MendoTech says:

    I will NEVER vote for someone who has the previous office holder’s endorsement. That especially where political hack like Wes Chesbro is involved!

    These days all politicians deem themselves as ‘king makers.’ That really flies in the face of ‘freely elected.’

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  5. steveguy says:

    ” Wood’s early entry into the race and strong fundraising have already made him a frontrunner among several Democrats vying for the seat.”

    In other words – ” Already bought and paid for.” For shame.

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  6. Paul says:

    Let’s make a list of Wes Chesbro’s accomplishments and then consider his endorsement.

    Short list, eh?

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