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Santa Rosa City Council Candidates


Santa Rosa City Council Candidates

By Elaine B. Holtz 

For those who are still deciding in Santa Rosa here is some information on the six candidates running for Santa Rosa City Council. Remember if you do not vote your vote does not count.

Brandi Asker

Brandi Asker is a seventeen year resident of Santa Rosa and Passionate about creating opportunities for positive growth and change. She is currently the district manager for Starbucks and founding chair for NorCal Women’s Development Network. She’s running for Santa Rosa City Council to bring focus to the issues that matter most, and believes Santa Rosa is in a period of rapid growth, and will use her expertise in business, and commitment to serving people, to ensure our growth is on pace with our potential. She has developed strong partnerships with local non-profits, including Social Advocates for Youth and Redwood Empire Food Bank. She believes her professional and non-profit experience has prepared her to work proactively and diligently, and to be a dynamic, collaborative member of our City Council. She is dedicated to bring diversity and fresh perspective to our city’s council.

Chris RogersChris Rogers is a Santa Rosa native who has dedicated his life to public service. Chris has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara and a Masters in Public Administration from Sonoma State University and is currently the Policy Manager for a local green energy company.  His previous experience includes serving as senior staff for multiple California legislators representing Santa Rosa residents in the state Capitol - He was Senior District Representative for Senator Mike McGuire. In his career, Chris has fought to protect our parks and open spaces, helped to pass legislation to keep seniors in their homes, and worked with small businesses to create good, local jobs. Chris presently serves on the Community Advisory Board focusing on increasing civic participation and fought to ensure that everyone has a voice in the decisions made by City Hall. As the Chair of the Capital Improvement subcommittee, he’s increased community outreach efforts and is giving the public greater input in how to City funds its roads and infrastructure.

Jack TibbetsJack Tibbett’s local roots run deep. He was born at the old Sutter Hospital, and attended Saint Eugene’s and Montgomery High School. After graduating from UC Berkeley, he returned to Santa Rosa. Driven by his passion for public service and his commitment to our city, Jack now devotes his time to solving real problems locally. He understands that Santa Rosa must adapt to change, while still preserving the character that makes our city so special. He knows that if we act now, we can define the Santa Rosa that we want, rather than letting unaffordable housing costs and rising population growth define us. Jack wants to: Expand housing options - today - for all residents, ensure that new growth is focused in our downtown areas and at our SMART rail stations to preserve open space, modernize our dilapidated infrastructure by investing in our underfunded roads, and increase housing options for the homeless. Jack currently serves as the Executive Director of a local nonprofit.

Don TaylorDon Taylor has a strong business background and involvement in the community. In 1984, he earned a degree from the University of Oregon in Business Administration. To continue his family’s tradition of running a restaurant he has owned and managed the Omeletts Express in Railroad Square since 1987. His community service includes South & West Area Business Association - Charter Member and since 1995 has served as Chairman of the Steering Committee. From 1987 to present he has been a member of the Main Street - Executive Committee and Railroad Square Association. Taylor believes the small businesses of Santa Rosa need a voice on the City Council. According to Taylor, it is time business was properly represented when determining the future of our city. Taylor hopes to bring to the council a voice that brings strong business like solutions to homelessness, creating more job and workforce housing.


Julie CombsJulie Combs commitment to community service started at an early age in North Carolina when she formed her high school’s first ecology club and started recycling newspapers. Julie designed adaptive equipment for severely disabled people as a Rehabilitation Engineer. She also established the Plans Review program in Asheville, North Carolina. Since elected to council in 2012, she worked successfully to make Housing and Homeless issues the top council goals, and spearheaded work on a comprehensive Housing Agenda to provide both immediate and long term relief for Santa Rosa residents. She advanced over $3 million on shovel-ready affordable housing projects and an extra $3million for Neighborhood Streets repair. Representing the city and county, she fought for equitable distribution of grant funds for our area as Vice President of the Association of Bay Area Governments Regional Planning committee. Julie received her BS degree in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University and her BA degree in Psychology from University of North Carolina-Greensboro. 

Ernesto AlvarezErnesto Olivares is running for his third term for Santa Rosa City Council. Prior to his election to the Council, Ernesto served 32 years as a law enforcement professional with nearly 30 years of service with the Santa Rosa Police Department. Council Member Olivares currently serves on the Council’s Downtown Subcommittee, and chairs the Council Subcommittees on Homeless Policy and Medical Cannabis. He also serves on the Sonoma County Health Action Committee, Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership, and the California League of Cities Public Safety Committee. During his term as mayor he established the Mayor’s Economic Competitiveness Task Force and Mayor’s Pension Reform Task Force. He helped lead the development of the Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership which continues to be a national model for crime prevention and youth development. As Director of the California Cities Violence Prevention Network, he helps communities develop and implement community-wide violence prevention plans that engage stakeholders in blending prevention, intervention, enforcement, and reentry strategies.

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