State Sen. Noreen Evans is back in a high-profile leadership role and taking on some of California’s most powerful interests with her legislative agenda, only a month after the Santa Rosa Democrat appeared to be losing political steam in Sacramento.
Sweeping changes across the North Coast’s political landscape will present major challenges this election year both for voters and for candidates in state races, with one possible outcome being an almost entirely new and untested slate of leaders handling local problems in Sacramento.
Legislation billed as an effort to make jury service less onerous in California, but which critics fear could harm a criminal defendant’s right to a fair trial, advanced last week in the state Senate.
Having tested the waters in at least one other political race, Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom announced Tuesday that she now has her sights on becoming a state assemblywoman in the 10th District spanning Sonoma and Marin counties.
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.