A leaked poll that appears to show Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire with a commanding lead in the race for the North Coast’s state Senate seat was criticized Tuesday by other candidates as deliberately misleading.
Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom confirmed Wednesday that she is dropping out of the race for state Senate.
Armed with a sizeable war chest and several big-name endorsements, Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire made it official Monday by announcing he is running for the state Legislature.
Mike McGuire is preparing to walk away from his job as a Sonoma County supervisor and run for the state Legislature, a move that would trigger a political shake-up in the north county.
North Coast political circles are all abuzz about who will seek the state Senate seat held by Santa Rosa Democrat Noreen Evans, who announced she will not seek re-election in 2014.
Former North Coast state Sen. Pat Wiggins died early Thursday after a long illness, and tributes poured in from friends and public officials for the Democrat who had a 14-year career in politics. She was 73.
State Sen. Noreen Evans is expected to announce next week that she will not seek re-election in 2014 and that she instead will return to practicing law once her current term ends, a Sacramento source said Friday.
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Voters favored incumbents in three state legislative races representing various parts of the North Coast. Final returns gave veteran lawmaker Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, almost three times as many votes as Guerneville activist Tom Lynch in their race to represent the revamped 2nd Assembly District.
The state Senate on Thursday approved two bills authored by Sen. Noreen Evans that seek new strategies for keeping state parks open. SB974 would require more public involvement in decisions about closing and re-opening state parks. And SB1078 would encourage the state Department of Parks and Recreation to create an ‘innovation team’ that would take a more entrepreneurial approach to raising revenue.