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Tim Sergent Is Running for 5th District Supervisor


Tim Sergent Is Running for 5th District Supervisor

I'm re-posting all the supervisor candidates essays so you can read them before you go vote ~ Vesta


Hello West County! My name is Tim Sergent and I am working hard to be your next 5th District Supervisor. Let me begin by answering the question, “Why have you decided to run?” First and foremost, let me say I want to make a difference in the community I live in and love. I believe in action oriented, consensus building, common sense politics. Personally, as I drive along our crumbling roads, I sense a fundamental problem in our local governments’ ability to delivery this most basic public service. In the community at large, the failure of the Measure A general tax last year, demonstrates a lack of faith that new tax dollars would have been spent as promised, and overall frustration with the status quo. I am running to realign the priorities of our county government with those of the voters. My understanding of the priorities of the 5th District are: repairing our crumbling roads, increasing access to affordable housing, growing the economy while protecting the environment, and providing our children with the skills, knowledge and hands on learning they need to actively participate in our ever changing local economy. In addition, if elected I will do everything in my power to keep the promise made to Roseland residents to complete the annexation process and make them a part of the City of Santa Rosa in 2017. We must also continue to look for creative solutions to the issue of homelessness, especially regarding our at risk veterans.

I am under no illusion as to the hard work and dedication involved in serving as your 5th District supervisor. As the youngest of seven children growing up on a small ranch in Southern Oregon, I learned first hand about the values of hard work and pulling together as a team. I first moved to Sonoma County in 1988 after serving in the U.S. Army Infantry in Panama. I studied at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to U.C. Berkeley where I earned a degree in Social Science with a focus in social and economic development. Upon graduation, I moved to Washington D.C. where I worked as a staff assistant on the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, and as a Congressional Liaison to the House of Representatives for the Secretary of Defense, during the Clinton Administration. This experience left an indelible impression and an unshakeable belief that anything is possible when people put aside personal interests in pursuit of the common good.

After Washington, I returned to Sonoma County and moved to Forestville where I have lived for the past 17 years. In 1998, I became a founding member of the Forestville Planning Association, an organization based on the principle that citizens in unincorporated areas deserve to have a voice in developments affecting their communities. I also began my ten-year career in teaching while obtaining my Education Specialist Credential at night from Dominican University. 

As an Education Specialist I served for six years in one of the most high need schools in West Santa Rosa. I saw first hand the struggles our low social economic status families face in their day-to-day lives. Yet despite these challenges, I used my fluency in Spanish, along with high expectations, a rigorous engaging curriculum and strong family engagement to create one of the highest performing Special Education classes in the Santa Rosa City Schools District

In 2012, I was selected as one of only 2 teachers in all of Sonoma County for full time release from the classroom to work on the Proposition 30 campaign. Along with dedicated staff, I worked tirelessly to help achieve the passage of Prop 30 by some of the highest margins in all of California - the success of which has been crucial in returning desperately needed funding to our classrooms, and financial stability to our state. I support Career Technical Education, “Cradle to Career” training and collaboration with local agriculture and businesses.

In everything I’ve done, I have sought to be a moderating voice that brings people together for the common good. As your next 5th District Supervisor I would continue that work to ensure that the future belongs to everyone who has the heart, skills and desire to succeed.

To comment or share what is important to you in the 5th District - here's a LINK to Tim's  AND Tim can be reached at