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Attorney seeking Sonoma County office suspends campaign after wife’s complaint

Don Edgar has suspended his fledgling campaign for Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor after his wife took to Facebook to vent over not being consulted about his decision to run for the office.

Sonoma County property assessments rise, and so do taxes

For the first time in five years Sonoma County has recorded an increase in assessed property values, a trend driven by the rebounding housing market and one set to add revenue for local governments still emerging from a period of recession-wracked budgets.

Sonoma County to issue same-sex marriage licenses starting Monday

A federal court Friday afternoon unexpectedly lifted California’s ban on same-sex marriages, triggering another round of celebration and setting the stage for a rush on county courthouses by couples seeking marriage licenses and civil wedding ceremonies.

Sonoma County selects next clerk-recorder-assessor-elections chief

Sonoma County supervisors Tuesday selected Bill Rousseau, the county’s longtime chief deputy assessor, to replace Janice Atkinson as the county clerk-recorder-assessor and elections chief. Atkinson, 58, is set to retire in December, two years into her second term in the elected post. She is one of the longest-serving county employees, having started her career in 1972.