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Harris leads money race in Petaluma council race

While Election Day still appears as a tiny dot on the horizon, fundraising continues in Petaluma for the November 2014 campaign.

Spending in race between Susan Gorin, John Sawyer most expensive in Sonoma County history

Spending by outside groups made last year’s race between Susan Gorin and John Sawyer for the 1st District Sonoma County supervisor’s seat the most expensive in county history, campaign finance reports show.

Familiar faces get early start in 2014 Petaluma City Council race fundraising

The Petaluma City Council election is almost two years away, but three candidates already are on the campaign trail raising money.
Three council seats and the separately elected mayor’s position will be on the Nov. 4, 2014 ballot.

Distrust marks Petaluma City Council campaign landscape

Distrust among some Petaluma City Council candidates and current office-holders prompted two contenders last week to skip an election forum organized by the mayor.

Fundraising pace quickens in 1st District race

With less than a month until Election Day, the two candidates vying for Sonoma County’s 1st District Board of Supervisors seat are on a fundraising and spending spree.

Demos clash before endorsing for Petaluma council

The Sonoma County Democratic Party has endorsed the three most liberal of six Democrats running for Petaluma City Council in November, overruling the recommendations of a committee that interviewed all six candidates.
Democratic activists involved in the process characterize the change as an effort by the more progressive members of the party to assert their influence. They say the switch came after intense internal disagreement during the selection process.
Local elected offices in California are technically nonpartisan, although party politics can be influential.

Petaluma City Council candidate field expands

The field is becoming more crowded for candidates seeking the three Petaluma City Council seats up for election in November. Business owner and former software executive Jason Davies, who finished fourth in a race for three seats in 2010, entered the race this week. He joins Vice Mayor Tiffany Renee and Councilman Gabe Kearney, who seek reelection, and Alicia Kae Herries, a Planning Commissioner who announced her intent to run this spring.

Rabbitt-Torliatt race sets spending record

Campaign contributions in last year’s Sonoma County supervisors race between David Rabbitt and Pam Torliatt topped $706,000, eclipsing a previous county record of $647,000 set in the 2008 battle between Sharon Wright and Shirlee Zane. Unions, environmental groups and business interests poured money into this year’s pivotal campaign, which had the potential to swing the five-member board toward either a moderate, pro-business majority or a more slow-growth, progressive stance.

Petaluma City Council deadlocked on 7th member

After three unofficial votes to fill its vacant seventh seat, the Petaluma City Council Monday night deadlocked again and opted to delay the decision for another month. “It would be counterproductive to go further with this, because it will serve to tear apart the body of six that is up here right now,” Mayor David Glass said.

20 apply for Petaluma council seat

UPDATE 8:45 AM: Twenty Petaluma residents — including former mayor and longtime Councilwoman Pam Torliatt — submitted formal applications Thursday to fill the potentially game-changing vacant seat on an ideologically split city council. See who else has tossed their name into the hat.

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