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Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire makes state Senate bid official

Mike McGuire

Mike McGuire


Armed with a sizeable war chest and several big-name endorsements, Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire made it official Monday by announcing he is running for the state Legislature.

The 34-year-old Healdsburg resident, who was seen as a virtual shoo-in for re-election to the county Board of Supervisors next year, is forsaking relative job security for the chance at a much larger prize, albeit one that pays considerably less than what he earns now.

McGuire said Monday that it’s “never been about money for me. It’s about delivering results for the constituents I work for.”

McGuire enters the race for the 2nd District Senate seat as the presumptive favorite. Santa Rosa Democrat Noreen Evans is not running for re-election next year, ostensibly to return full-time to her private law practice.

When he kicked off his re-election campaign for supervisor in August, McGuire said he already had raised $160,000, money that can be transferred to his Senate campaign under state rules governing such moves.

McGuire announced Monday that his campaign is being endorsed by North Coast Congressmen Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, as well as by retired Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.

“I think Mike is entering very strongly and likely will be the presumed front-runner now that he’s announced,” said Stephen Gale, chairman of the Sonoma County Democratic Party.

Freshman Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom also has announced a run for the Senate seat, as have Chris Lehman, a 36-year-old Arcata resident and longtime state Senate staffer, and Eric Lucan, 32, who was elected to the Novato City Council in 2011.

Since the highest voter turnout historically has been in Sonoma and Marin counties, candidates from those areas would appear to have an advantage going into the contest. But Gale said McGuire and Carlstrom risk splitting the vote. And there’s always the possibility of more candidates entering the fray, further diluting the vote.

McGuire, a Healdsburg High and Sonoma State graduate and former marketing director at KFTY-TV50, dominated his 2010 race for the north county supervisor’s seat, and he was in a strong position to do the same in 2014.

Fellow Supervisor Efren Carrillo had also been considering a bid for the Legislature, but decided not to run after his arrest in July on suspicion of prowling and burglary. Asked whether he would have entered the race if Carrillo was running, McGuire said, “I can’t answer that.”

McGuire also declined to say whether he was approached by anyone to run for the Senate seat.

Should he prevail, McGuire would take a sizeable pay cut. State senators are paid an annual salary of $95,291, not including a per diem and other benefits. As a county supervisor, McGuire earned $134,322 in 2012, plus an additional $76,500 in benefits.

The 2nd District presents a logistical challenge for any successful candidate. Under redistricting, the territory includes all of Marin, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte counties. In Sonoma County, it takes in Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Windsor, Healdsburg, Geyserville and Cloverdale.

Voter registration in the district is heavily Democratic. The majority of its more than 1 million residents are centered in the more urbanized south, including Sonoma and Marin counties.

McGuire said his focus will be on job growth, schools, the coastline and revitalizing state parks.

“My goal is to always be the hardest working person in the room,” he said.

8 Responses to “Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire makes state Senate bid official”

  1. Robert says:

    “Sonoma County is in the worst financial condition of any county in the state with the highest debt per capita, the the worst roads and highest salaries and pensions. “”

    Wow. You dont get out much I would guess. Even Google can find out quickly that the statement is non-sense. You may not like it, you may be forced to pay for it, but it certainly is not the highest or the worst in the state, just the worst in your state of mind.

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  2. AndI'maDem says:

    He’s a product of social promotion. Have you seen his writing–it’s a wonder he made it through college. Practically illiterate, simple minded, no personality and he still manages to be quite a bully. If Efren were still in the game, Mike wouldn’t stand a chance.

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  3. Paul says:

    More of the same old same old tired blah blah blah blah blah.
    Hey Mike, PENSIONS, ROADS? Ever do a thing about them while you filled that seat with your ever widening?? So we should send you over to the big house to really warm a chair while you fight for what?? Special interests? Your pals?
    Or you can have mister handsome face. Hey, I look good, I’m young, so elect me. PASS!
    Let me close by saying, if this is the best the Dems can offer up, they’re just as bad as the other party.

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  4. An Empty Suit says:

    Sonoma County is in the worst financial condition of any county in the state with the highest debt per capita, the the worst roads and highest salaries and pensions.

    We don’t need to export Mike’s inability to solve problems to Sacramento.

    Notice Mike says nothing about pensions or roads on his website and wants to work on jobs, parks and the coastline.

    Reforming pensions means you have to take on the employee unions and Mike lacks the courage to do that.

    He is a likeable person but that does not qualify him for higher office. Hopefully someone more experienced and qualified will jump into the race.

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  5. Big Fish says:

    “My goal is to always be the hardest working person in the room,” he said.

    Working hard is an attitude not a goal. As evidenced by the people who have represented the north coast it doesn’t take much intelligence to be a politician. Mike is a good guy and does a good job and I voted for him. However, he’s not an innovative leader following convictions for a better
    society for taxpayers. He is a store bought democrat that’s been indoctrinated
    since he’s a kid. There is no one else rising from any party that present a viable alternative so I wish him the best. He’s a favored Democrat that plays the game and that’s all it takes.

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  6. daryl says:

    Mike is a national treasure.

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  7. I like Mike but says:

    Mike if far to immature to hold higher office. His intentions may be good but he lacks maturity and wisdom. He also seems to lack conviction of purpose. He is a deal maker who is focused on the win, as opposed to fighting for high minded ideals.

    I like Mike but think his ambition far exceeds his abilities.

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  8. Grapevines says:

    Wonder how “Mikey” likes it knowing he’s second choice to “Captain Underpants.”

    Well it would only take a toad to replace Noreen Evans anyway.

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