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Santa Rosa’s new power player

The election of Erin Carlstrom to the Santa Rosa City Council has created one of the youngest, most influential and most unpredictable politicians the city has seen in decades.

Santa Rosa City Council candidate Cook drops out of race

Santa Rosa City Council candidate Mike Cook dropped out of the race Tuesday.

Campaign war chests in 1st district supervisor’s race dwindle, for now

Having already spent nearly a quarter million dollars between them, the candidates for the 1st District county supervisorial seat headed into the fall election with diminished bank accounts. Predictions — and election history — suggest a long, costly contest encompassing east Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley. And indications are that what has so far been a hard-fought race will again veer into hostile tactics.

Just call her bullseye

Mayor Pam Stafford has been the target of five hammering attack mailers so far in this election for Rohnert Park’s City Council, more than any other council candidate.

Why did Frye drop out?

Windsor businessman Chris Frye says he didn’t file for the north Sonoma County supervisorial seat by Wednesday’s deadline because of pressing demands of his company’s solar energy contracts. And one more reason: he thinks Healdsburg councilman Mike McGuire will probably do a fine job.