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News: 03/15/2020

Gorin wins third term as supervisor

Incumbents sweep state and federal races

Incumbent First District Supervisor Susan Gorin cruised to a comfortable win over Sonoma City Councilman David Cook, earning her another four years in office. Gorin has said that if she won, this would be her last term.

The election was held March 3, and as of March 12 with most of the ballots counted, Gorin had 19,252 votes to Cook’s 12,016, or 61 percent to 38 percent.

Gorin thanked her supporters after the win, and said she chose to run again to continue working of the many challenges facing the county, including fire recovery, housing and homelessness, the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center, climate change, and road improvement.

“There is no shortage of issues affecting the county and the district, and I’m anxious to continue my work in the years ahead,” together with the community, said Gorin. “Now let’s get going.”

As for Cook, he plans to run again for supervisor in four years. His current term on the Sonoma City Council ends this year and, as a believer that there should be term limits, has said he won’t run again.

“I think we did a great job,” said Cook, considering the inherent difficulty of facing a two-term incumbent with high name recognition.

“We got a lot of people engaged. For many, it was the first time they had gotten involved with a political candidate.”

Cook said he will stay active in the community, and continue operating Cook Vineyard Management, which manages close to 500 acres of wine grapes and olive orchards in Sonoma County.

Gorin first won election to the First District seat in 2012, leading a crowd of six candidates in a June primary and then defeating the second top vote-getter, John Sawyer, with 51.8 percent of the vote in the November general election.

In 2016, Gorin won with 54 percent of the vote, besting two other candidates, Gina Cuclis and Keith Rhinehart.

The First District stretches from the city of Santa Rosa, down through Sonoma Valley to Schellville.

With her victory she joins two other March 3 supervisorial winners on the five-member board.

Incumbent Fourth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins bested challenger Mike Hilber handily, garnering 80 percent of the vote.

The big surprise was the loss by Third District incumbent Shirlee Zane. She lost to former Santa Rosa City Councilman and Mayor, Chris Coursey. Coursey won with 53 percent to Zane’s 36 percent.

In other March 3 elections, U.S. Congress Fifth District incumbent Mike Thompson was victorious, as was Second District incumbent Jared Huffman.

In state races affecting the North Bay, all the Democratic incumbents won: Assemblypersons Mark Levine, Cecelia Aguiar-Curry and Jim Wood; and State Senator Bill Dodd.

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