Lessons learned during his youth in war-torn Nigeria helped shape Rohnert Park City Councilman Amy Ahanotu’s mission of fostering political agreement. “We can have disagreements, but as long as we solve the problem, that’s what counts,” he said. It was an unremarkable statement for a candidate trying to win votes in a city with a history of sharp council divisions and fierce political battles. But his was, in many ways, a remarkable candidacy.
Two-term councilwoman Gina Belforte was named mayor of Rohnert Park on Tuesday. She takes the helm as the city faces a $2.4 million deficit and is looking to raise sewer rates that voters rolled back in 2008. Meanwhile, residents turned in petitions with more than 2,000 signatures urging the city to make safety improvements to a Snyder Lane crosswalk where a 2-year-old was hit by a car and killed this month.
UPDATE 9:45 AM: Sonoma County election workers still need to count tens of thousands of mail-in ballots turned in Tuesday, potentially putting several tight contests in question, including a handful of school board races in communities around Sonoma County. It could be Thanksgiving before the tally becomes official.
They have ended up on opposite sides of the campaign. But viewed through their major votes on the city’s planning commission, the differences between Rohnert Park City Council candidates John Borba and Amy Ahanotu are relatively slight. The fifth candidate in the race, Roger Schwanke, has run a low-key campaign. Part 3 of our series looking at the Rohnert Park council race.
There has been no shortage of drama in the Rohnert Park City Council race. A blizzard of attack fliers. The re-emergence of a controversial former city manager. The disappearance of one candidate from the campaign trail amid personal troubles. And there’s still three weeks ’til Election Day. Today, we turn the WSC spotlight on the campaign in Rohnert Park.
Former Rohnert Park City Manager Carl Leivo, trying to win a City Council seat in the city that he was fired from five years ago, is the top spender so far in this year’s race. A recap of the campaign finance disclosures filed this week in Rohnert Park.
Independent political committees spending tens of thousands of dollars will play a key role in Rohnert Park’s City Council elections. While five candidates have spent a combined $44,000, two opposing committees alone have already spent a combined $26,500 on campaign signs and mail pieces. See who’s funding the power struggle.
Five candidates for Rohnert Park City Council have raised $39,000 to fund their campaigns, but almost $28,000 is in the form of loans from the candidates themselves. A sixth candidate did not file a disclosure by Tuesday’s deadline. Follow the money with us in Rohnert Park.
Five of the six candidates running for two seats on the Rohnert Park City Council faced off in a debate Monday night. Which candidate made the strongest case? Watch the debate and give us your opinion.