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Mike McGuire turns down county board chairmanship

 Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire turned down the chairmanship of the board. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat) File July 2013

Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire turned down the chairmanship of the board. (BETH SCHLANKER / The Press Democrat) File July 2013

By SEAN SCULLY
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire turned down the chairmanship of the board Tuesday, saying the demands on his time are too great.

“The bottom line is that the county and the residents of the fourth district are my priority,” he said after his surprise announcement at the start of the meeting.

McGuire, 34, is running for an open state senate seat. He declined to tie his decision directly to that campaign, though he did admit that was a draw on his limited time. He said he reached his decision last week after several weeks of thought.

“With the expectations I put on myself and the hours I put in, and running for state senate, my first priority needs to be the residents of the north county,” he said.

Instead, the board turned to outgoing chairman David Rabbitt, who was elected to an unusual second consecutive term in the position, which normally rotates among the five members.

“I tried to talk Mike into being chair; he’d be a great chair … (but) I think it was a good move for him, it was a smart way to go,” Rabbitt said.

Rabbitt said he could not recall the last time a chairman had two consecutive terms holding the gavel in Sonoma County.

Supervisor Susan Gorin was elected vice chairwoman, positioning her to take the chair in 2015. She said she did briefly considering vying for the chairmanship this year after hearing of McGuire’s decision.

“It crossed my mind for a fleeting second and I had that deer in a headlights look and I said, ‘Um, I’m not ready for that,” she said. “So I was anxious to work with David very closely and learn what his job is all about … I am really comfortable with that.”

You can reach Staff Writer Sean Scully at 521-5313 or sean.scully@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @BeerCountry.

 





5 Responses to “Mike McGuire turns down county board chairmanship”

  1. McGuire is a BOSCO BOY says:

    @ 20/20 Vision
    That’s right. He comes out of Healdsburg City Council and briefly lands on Board—after running against the progressive candidate. Now he is marketed as the “progressive.” But with Jason Liles, a former Bosco staffer as his defacto campaign manager and funding from all the Bosco partners like Darius Anderson/Platinum Advisors (yes and the owner of this newspaper) and the Rattos (North Bay Corp/garbage contracts galore) it’d will take a lot of money to finish the makeover. For some progressives, packaging is everything.

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  2. 20/20 Vision says:

    Goodness knows Rabbit doesn’t have anything better to do. But McGuire should have spent another term on the BoS before running for higher office. Most people have no clue as to what his politics really are.

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  3. MCGUIRE A FULL TIME CANDIDATE says:

    “The bottom line is that the county and the residents of the fourth district are my priority,” he said after his surprise announcement.

    Oh sure…he is spending every single day “introducing” himself to voters in Marin, Lake, Humboldt and Mendocino Counties and 90% of his time on the roads in between while he runs for State Senate. Bosco must be giving him a lot of advice about how to free up his time and simultaneously claim it’s for his district…what a crock from slickest guy on the Board of Supervisors.

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  4. MendoTech says:

    At least this guy is honest: “I’m too busy running for a new office to fulfill the duties of my current office.” I predict he will have a long & prosperous political career.

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  5. Steveguy says:

    Why even consider him when he seeking a higher office ? Besides, being the chairman would cut into his fundraising time. That is the reason, not some phony ” work for my constituents” blather.

    Just another politician.

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