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Marion Chase Running for the 5th District


Marion Chase Running for the 5th District

My name is Marion Chase, I am a Native of Sonoma County and the 5th District. I am not running as a politician, but rather as someone whose heart and life is here. I want to preserve all that is beautiful in the 5th District while finding ways to improve our overall quality of life. To accomplish this, we need someone who does not just think outside the box, but someone who doesn’t even see the box. I do not see what can or cannot be done, but rather what needs to be done. I believe the 5th District has been neglected by the full Board and will endeavor to change that.

I believe we need to seek balance. There are lots of voices representing special interests and businesses. I will be the voice for homeless –small business owner –environment – the People. I believe that corporate entities must be responsible neighbors. I believe growth is important, but not if it comes at the expense of the environment. Wineries and vineyards are an integral part of our District, but we need to assure that they are good stewards of the water resources and streams. Tourism is an essential part of our economy, so we must be sure that our infrastructure can sustain growth in tourism.

I do not have political experience, but rather Life experience. I was a Pharmacy Technician for 10 years. I worked at the Sonoma Developmental Center for 4 years. I was 1 of the Technicians responsible for purchasing and inventorying $100,000s of medications every month. I was a Pharmacy Technician in New Zealand for 1 year. Pharmacy Technicians in New Zealand must go to school for a 2 year program. I qualified by completing all 27 assessments in a 4 month period, while working full time. I completed the Work Visa and Residency Visa without a lawyer. I obtained the Residency Visa so my partner of 20 years could join me. I am the only one of the 5 candidates who has a true understanding of what is involved in working and gaining residency in a foreign Country.

I have worked in Economic Assistance (Medi-Cal/CalFresh) for almost 3 years. I see on a daily basis that there is still income inequality in Sonoma County. There are more than 110,000 people in Sonoma County on Medi-cal. This is the equivalent of the 5th District. Sonoma County has between 12,500 and 13,000 families on CalFresh. These numbers reflect families, not individuals. We have families living out of their cars. We have homeless families split up because they are unable to find a place where they can all live together. I find this unacceptable. 

New concepts and bureaucratic red tape do not faze me.

I want to see the Transient Occupancy Tax increased 3%. This revenue MUST be dedicated to the community it came from. If the revenue comes from Guerneville, it must stay in Guerneville. If the revenue comes from Bodega, it must be allocated to Bodega. These funds will then be used for improving roads, as well as Emergency Services for the area.  These special Districts will determine what the priority is for their community. I will push for a daily fee or by the mile fee be charged to all vehicles rented in the County by non-residents. These funds will be dedicated to paying for a Road Preservation Bond.

We need to work collaboratively with the private sector to create more accommodations - such as the Palms Inn on Santa Rosa Ave. We need to bring High Speed Internet access to Guerneville and beyond-to the Coast. We need to make it easier for Developers and Investors to build HUD Housing – Apartments.

What we need is the will to get this done. We need to be more concerned about building ourselves up, instead of tearing others down. We need to be more concerned about doing what is best for our County and the 5th District than what is politically expedient.

I believe we can create a unified and vibrant Village. I ask for your support in my bid to represent West County on the Board of Supervisors. I look forward to talking to you individually to hear your concerns and solutions.

Thank You – Marion (