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Erin Carlstrom confirms end of state Senate campaign

Santa Rosa City Councilwoman, Erin Carlstrom. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa City Councilwoman, Erin Carlstrom. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)

By DEREK MOORE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom confirmed Wednesday that she is dropping out of the race for state Senate.

Carlstrom said she ended her campaign because Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire had entered the contest, raising concerns the pair would split the vote and give someone outside the county an opening.

“I got into the race because I wanted to make sure we had strong candidates from Sonoma County,” she said.

Carlstrom’s departure leaves an all-male field to replace Sen. Noreen Evans, who announced that she is not seeking re-election in 2014 in order to return to her private law practice.

In addition to McGuire, 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, have entered the race.

Carlstrom said Wednesday that she has not decided whether to seek McGuire’s supervisorial seat. Because the 30-year-old attorney lives in Santa Rosa’s junior college neighborhood, she would have to move to the North County district in order to run.





6 Responses to “Erin Carlstrom confirms end of state Senate campaign”

  1. Grapevines says:

    Oh go ahead and move Erin. Can I suggest Topeka or Sioux Falls? Then we can get some diversity on the council with a representative from the West side.

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  2. Concerned says:

    The best move for her is out of the state. Maybe Virginia where they would appreciate her brand of politics.

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  3. SantaRosaCitizen says:

    Erin, please don’t move. Wait until the seat opens in your own district.

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  4. Reality Check says:

    What should trouble voters about Ms Carlstrom is her obvious insincerity. She campaigned to serve the citizens of Santa Rosa. Before even knowing the job, she’s looking around for something else.

    And she didn’t abandon the senate campaign out of fear of dividing the vote. She didn’t want to be on the losing side of landslide. All politicians are ambitious. OK. But most are willing to learn one job before seeking the next.

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  5. Papa ESoCo says:

    “I got into the race because I wanted to make sure we had strong candidates from Sonoma County, she said.”
    Um, please forgive me if I do not think a thirty year old Lawyer, with a whopping eleven months experience in her first elected gig is a “strong candidate”. I doubt the voters in Mcguires district will see her as a viable candidate either.

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  6. Reality Check says:

    This is one ambitious lady. Eleven months on a city council, it’s time for a promotion, even if it means moving.

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