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UPDATE Lower Russian River and Coastal MACs - Municipal Advisory Committees

Oct 24, 2018


Representatives who are applying to serve on the Lower Russian River MAC and Sonoma County Coast municipal advisory councils (MAC) have submitted their applications. Our office has been fielding good questions pertaining to the selection process. Here are the top questions and answers:

What will happen if there is no applicant for a MAC district?

If, after the application deadline, the Fifth District office has not received an application for a district, Supervisor Hopkins will appoint a representative and alternate.

What will happen if there aren’t enough candidates?

If, after the application deadline, the Fifth District office has only received one applicant, the individual who applied will interview with Supervisor Hopkins’ office for the nomination. An alternate will be appointed by Supervisor Hopkins’ office after the representative is named.

I live in the Coast MAC. How can I help choose my representative?

Our coastal communities have chosen different ways to nominate their representative:

The Sea Ranch/Annapolis: Nomination through The Sea Ranch Association and North Sonoma Coast Fire Protection District boards.

Timber Cove: Nomination through community meeting.

Fort Ross: Nomination through community input.

Jenner: Nomination through a community vote. Residents are invited to a candidates’ event on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Jenner Community Club.

Bodega Bay: Nomination through a community vote. Residents are invited to participate in a candidates’ event on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. at the Bodega Bay Grange.

Bodega/Valley Ford: Applicants reviewed by Fifth District office.

Kashia Band of Pomo Indians: Nomination by Chair Dino Franklin and Board.

I live in the River MAC. How can I help choose my representative?

Representatives for the River MAC will be chosen by a community vote. Registered voters within the MAC districts will receive ballots for their district after Nov. 7. Ballots may be mailed back to the Board of Supervisors office or dropped off at theRiver MAC Candidates’ Event on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Guerneville Elementary School.

Representatives who will serve on the Lower Russian River MAC have submitted their applications...they are:

Forestville: Gary Harris, Lucy Hardcastle, Vesta Copestakes, Iain Burnett, Claudia Sisomphou, Allison Bordessa
Hacienda: Calvin Sandeen, Chelene Lopez
Rio Nido: Pip Marquez, Lewis Lee Brown, John Uniack
Guerneville: Brian Applegarth, Brian Ohm, Deborah Lieberman, Dylan Ohm, Jordan Lebovich, Ron Redmon, Jeniffer Wertz
Pocket Canyon: Angie Dillon-Shore, Bruce MacDonell, Crista Luedtke, Jeanette Dillman, Kim Holliday, Marcy Cooper
Monte Rio: Chuck Ramsey, Cynthia Strecker, Kyra Wink
Cazadero/Duncans Mills: Lisa Palmer, Mike Nicholls, Theresa Gwiazdowski, Tom Walls

If I’m not a registered voter, how can I participate?

Non-registered voters can participate in the community voting process by filling out a provisional ballot. Those wishing to participate by provisional ballot must bring a valid proof of residency to the community candidates’ event and sign an affidavit affirming that they are not registered to vote outside the district.

How can I learn about the applicants?

All information about applicants, including biographies, pictures and statements will be available on the MAC websites on Friday, Oct. 26. A hard copy is available in the Board of Supervisors’ office.

Visit or for more information.

When will the MACs hold their first meetings?

Meetings, which are open to the public, will begin in early 2019.

Do you have a question that hasn’t been answered?

Email Fifth District Field Representative Amie Windsor at for more information.

MORE INFO: Fifth District MAC Applications OPEN for Representatives - Public Meetings


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