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Supervisor Susan Gorin for 1st District Sonoma County Supervisor

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Supervisor Susan Gorin for 1st District Sonoma County Supervisor

I'm re-posting all Sonoma County Supervisor candidate essays so you can read them before you vote ~ Vesta

Thank you to all of you who supported my election as 1st District Sonoma County Supervisor four years ago. And this year, I ask for your vote once again because of the important issues we are working on together. 

I have successfully collaborated with our community, bringing people together from all corners, to restore, protect and improve our wonderful quality of life. My experience as a School Board Trustee, Planning Commissioner, Councilmember and Mayor and now 1st District Supervisor allow me to understand the issues and be effective in working with elected and appointed officials throughout the County, Region and State. 

I’m proud of the success we’ve achieved so far: improving major roadways, preserving agricultural land and open space, reaching new agreements with County employees, funding local education programs, maintaining quality health services, and investing in our neighborhoods.

While successful, we still face challenges. 

Roads – I’m committed to finding more money for our roads, prioritizing the limited funding we have to reach our connector and neighborhood roads – serving those who live and work here. Sonoma County has allocated historically significant funding from our General Funds for road improvements over the past 5 years, in addition to our usual transportation funding sources. Last fall we identified $3.5m of one-time funds to add to this for 2017. And I’ve helped to start a 4-county effort to expand and elevate Highway #37, a critical connector in the Bay Area. Nearly the full length of Highway 37 is threatened with inundation by the rise of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays over the next 40 years.

Sonoma Developmental Center – Along with our shared leadership team involving the Parent Hospital Association, Sonoma Ecology Center and Sonoma Land Trust, I am bringing together Sonoma County Health Services and other diverse stakeholders to advocate for preserving the Sonoma Developmental Center, home to 350 of our most fragile and vulnerable developmentally disabled residents in the State. We are negotiating with the State to continue services and begin discussions about future transformation of this important keystone site in Sonoma Valley.

Water – Water is our most important natural resource, and its supply is finite and depends of adequate rainfall in the region. California adopted the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act in 2015. As part of that the Department of Water Resources has identified three medium priority water basins – Sonoma, Santa Rosa and Petaluma. Serving on the County Ad Hoc Committee, we are establishing Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA’s) in those three basins with the goal of developing sustainable water budgets. My 10-year experience and knowledge about regional water supply allows me to effectively collaborate with others on this issue, and I look forward to continuing this critical planning effort.

Other important issues include expanding our trails and recreation areas, reauthorizing community green-space separators, enhancing senior services, developing universal preschool programs and addressing our housing crisis while limiting the profound impact of vacation rentals in our communities. 

There’s much to do and community collaboration is the key. I will continue building partnerships with community, business, education and government that deliver the results important to all of us. 

My growing list of endorsements include Congressmen Mike Thompson and Jared Huffman, State Senators Mike McGuire and Lois Wolk, Assemblymembers Jim Wood and Bill Dodd because they understand my effectiveness and focus on results. My diverse organizational endorsements include the SC Democratic Central Committee, Sierra Club, Sonoma County Conservation Action, North Bay Labor Council, North Bay Association of Realtors and Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce

Working on the issues we care about – housing, roads, sustainable water supply, job creation, education opportunities for all, preparing for climate change and preserving the quality of life we love in Sonoma County. These are the issues that unite us and are so important for generations to come.

I ask for your vote so I can continue this vitally important work for you and our community. But I also need your help with precinct walking, telephoning and donations to help spread my message.

I look forward to fighting for all of us in Sonoma County.  SusanGorin.com