The Kenwood Press
News: 03/15/2019

David Cook jumps into District 1 race

Alec Peters

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City of Sonoma Councilman David Cook has announced that he is entering the 2020 race for First District Supervisor, challenging incumbent Susan Gorin.

Gorin was first elected supervisor in 2012, and then re-elected in 2016.

The election is slated for March 3, 2020, with potential candidates needing to file candidacy papers by Dec. 6. Gorin has already announced that she is running again, but if for some reason she changes her mind, the deadline for filing would be extended to Dec. 11.

Cook was first elected to the Sonoma City council in 2012, served as mayor in 2015, and was re-elected to the council in 2016.

Cook is the founder and president of Cook Vineyard Management, which, according to the company’s website, manages 475 acres of vineyards and olive orchards in Sonoma County. Cook Vineyard Management has been in business since 2003.

Cook lives in Sonoma with his wife and four children.

Early handicapping of the race from local political consultant Brian Sobel of Sobel Communications in Petaluma reflects the difficulty of challenging an incumbent.

“It’s still early and David will need to run a flawless campaign that finds significant traction and issues to challenge Susan, especially since most people believe the supervisors and Susan (who lost her home and still carried on representing her district) did a very good job managing the fires, all things considered. Susan is also known as a diligent, very competent officeholder. So, it’s a high bar for David to jump. Also, there was/is not a whole lot of noise about his announcement, but perhaps more when he actually files.”

The First Supervisorial District is bounded on the north by Franz Valley School Road, the Napa county line to the east, to the west by Petaluma Hill, Summerfield, Brush Creek, Wallace and Riebli Roads, and San Pablo Bay to the south. Population is concentrated in the City of Santa Rosa (Bennett Valley, Rincon Valley and the community of Oakmont), the City of Sonoma and the adjacent unincorporated communities of Kenwood, Agua Caliente, Glen Ellen, El Verano, Boyes Hot Springs, Schellville and Vineburg.

District 1 has a population of 99,531, which is expected to rise to 102,177 by 2020.

According to 2017 data, the five Sonoma County supervisors earned salary and benefits totaling between $174,000 and $214,000.