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Fifth District MAC Applications OPEN for Representatives - Public Meetings

Oct 15, 2018


Lower Russian River MAC and Bodega Bay CMAC Representatives

Bodega Bay Special Election CMAC Representative

Sonoma Coast Municipal Advisory Council (CMAC) is now forming. We are seeking candidates who live full-time in the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District to represent Bodega Bay on this Council. We need 2 Representatives and 1 Alternate on the CMAC.

What is the CMAC? The Sonoma County Coast Municipal Advisory Council (SCCMAC) comprises the towns of Valley Ford, Bodega, Bodega Bay, Jenner, Timber Cove, Fort Ross, West Cazadero and the Sea Ranch.

The SCCMAC is established to advise the Board of Supervisors and other County decision makers on local planning and management decisions relating to the Sonoma County Coast region, to provide a regular forum for citizen participation in the formation of advisory recommendations on those decisions and to provide a bridge for communication between the County and local residents and businesses, and the general public on local government decisions affecting the Sonoma County Coast.

The CMAC is established to:

- Advise the Board of Supervisors and County decision-makers on proposed projects and issues relating directly to our community and the Sonoma Coast

- Provide a regular forum for citizen participation, and

- Provide a bridge for communication between the County and our community.

Applications available for CMAC Representatives to apply:


October 24, 2018 Candidate Application Deadline

November 7, 2018 Ballots will be printed and mailed to voters in BB

November 13, 2018 Meet the Candidates—BB Grange Hall, 1370 Bodega Ave, Bodega Bay at 6:00 pm

November 14, 2018 Deadline for ballots to be returned

November 21, 2018 Representatives announced

Questions?    Email -

Sonoma County Coast Municipal Advisory Council MAP

Lower Russian River MAC Selecting representatives

Thank you for all of the feedback on the Lower Russian River MAC boundaries. The new MAC boundaries and district boundaries better reflect the natural communities and topographical regions within the river area.

Lower Russian River MAC with Sub-Areas

The map established populations and areas for each district.

Forestville: 3,510 residents; 6.09 mi2

Hacienda: 977 residents; 3.97 mi2

Rio Nido: 1,232 residents; 2.8 mi2

Pocket Canyon: 1,739 residents; 12.6 mi2

Guerneville: 3,058 residents; 9.12 mi2

Monte Rio: 1,465 residents; 9.34 mi2

Cazadero/Duncans Mills: 1,031 residents; 9.64 mi2

The number of representatives, based on population, for each community are suggested as follows:

Forestville: 2 representatives, 1 alternate

Hacienda: 1 representative, 1 alternate

Rio Nido: 1 representative, 1 alternate

Pocket Canyon: 1 representative, 1 alternate

Guerneville: 2 representatives, 1 alternate

Monte Rio: 1 representative, 1 alternate

Cazadero/Duncans Mills: 1 representative, 1 alternate

The next step is to select the MAC representatives.

Here’s how it will work:

The recruitment process is open for those community members interested in running for a MAC representative seat. Applications are available online and in the County Administration office. In order to be qualified to run for a representative seat, interested individuals must:

- Live in the district they wish to represent

- Be a full-time resident

- Be at least 18-years-old

Provide the District 5 office with:

- Application

- Photo

- Candidate statement (No more than 500 words)

The due date for all application materials is Wednesday, Oct. 24 by 5 p.m.

Materials can be emailed to, or returned to the D5 office at:

Amie Windsor
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
575 Administration Drive, Suite 100A
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Late applications will not be accepted. If you’re interested in becoming a representative, learn more about the position by downloading the MAC Representative packet here. It can also be found online. Once the application deadline has passed, candidate biographies, resumes and statements will be sent to constituents through many channels, including social media, the MAC newsletter, the MAC website, in local newspapers and more.

Who gets to vote?

Everyone is welcome to vote either by mail-in or provisional ballot. Eligible voters will select candidates from their district only; for example, those who live in the Forestville District will only vote for Forestville representatives and not for representatives from other districts. Registered voters will receive candidate information and a ballot for their specific district by mail after Wednesday, Nov. 7. Ballots can be mailed back or dropped off at the Board of Supervisors office (see above for address).

Ballots will not be accepted if:

- They are postmarked past Saturday, Nov. 17

- Residency cannot be verified at caucus (for provisional ballots only)

- Voter does not live in the district

Those interested in attending the caucus, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, can vote during the day-long event. During the caucus, those running for a representative seat will be available for a meet and greet, discussion and rally for support. Those attending the caucus will be able to cast ballots on-site. The caucus will also allow those community members who aren’t registered voters but want to participate in the MAC the chance to vote. Provisional ballots will be available to those communities who can prove district residency.

Eligible voters will be allowed to vote for one representative (with Forestville and Guerneville districts serving as exceptions; eligible voters within those two districts will vote for two representatives). The runner-up will serve as the alternate representative. The alternate is not required to attend every MAC meeting but will be required to serve when the elected representative is unavailable.

All ballots will be tallied after the caucus event. Selected representatives and district alternates will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 21, prior to the holiday weekend.


Wednesday, Oct. 24: Applications due

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018: Ballots sent out

Saturday, Nov. 17: Lower Russian River Caucus

Wednesday, Nov. 21: MAC representatives announced

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” -- Former President Barack Obama


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