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Election Results - November 6, 2012 General Election
Click here for Sonoma County election results from the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters.
Click here for statewide results from the California Secretary of State.
Another "Blue Wave" of Victory for Sonoma County
Last Tuesday's presidential election?turned out to be a?slow-moving landslide - with the addition of Florida's electoral votes, the final results were Obama?332 and Romney 206.?Just like 2008, the pre-election polls were wrong.?Before talking about election results in Sonoma County, however, I would like to send a hearty thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who have worked at the Sonoma County Democratic Party's headquarters over the last five months. An incredible amount of work was done to elect our local candidates, in addition to the work done in support of President Obama's reelection. The Republicans may have more money, but we have the people.
This year the people mounted an incredible "ground game" at every level, and that has left us with a great deal to crow about. For Democrats seeking election to partisan offices that will represent Sonoma County, it was a "clean sweep." Dianne Feinstein was easily reelected to the U.S. Senate, and the Democratic Party expanded its hold on the upper house.?Jared Huffman was elected to Congress representing the new CD02, and Congressman Mike Thompson will return to Congress as the CD05 representative. State Senator Lois Wolk was reelected and will join a Super Majority of Democrats in the California Senate.?Joining a Super Majority of Democrats in the California Assembly, Wes Chesbro and Mariko Yamada have been reelected, and the AD 10 race remains very close as absentee ballots returned on Election Day are still being counted.
On statewide measures, we also saw victory for the California Democratic Party's propositions that were the focus of our "Battleground California" campaign. Proposition 30 has won a victory for the future of our children by restoring some much needed funding for education while Proposition 32, the special exemptions measure designed to take unions out of the political process, was soundly defeated. Over the course of the election cycle, Sonoma County Democrats canvassed and phoned more than 13,000 Democratic voters - exceeding our commitment as a partner in the campaign.?
In nonpartisan races, we also achieved outstanding results for our endorsed candidates - although the election was not a "clean sweep," and the results in one City Council race left none of our candidates in the victor column. Yet overall, we can be proud of the outcome in County and Local races.
Susan Gorin has been elected to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, representing the 1st District, in one of the closest races in recent memory. The SCDP was a major participant in that race.?Our contribution to the outcome, along with a host of allied organizations and individual volunteers, was enough to overcome the negative campaign tactics that Susan faced.?For the local Democratic Party, the Republican Party's direct involvement in this race was a disturbing factor. For the first time, the Sonoma County GOP "recommended" a registered Democrat on their slate card and also walked for that candidate, placing door hangers in both Sonoma and Santa Rosa. This unfortunate turn of events in local politics will be one we are prepared to face head-on in future years - as we did with effective education of Democratic voters this year.
In City Council races, 62.5% of our endorsed candidates were elected. Congratulations to our endorsed candidates who won their respective races:
Santa Rosa City Council: Erin Carlstrom, Julie Combs, Gary Wysocky
Cotati City Council: John Dell'Osso, Susan Harvey, Wendy Skillman
Cloverdale City Council: Mary Ann Brigham
Healdsburg City Council: Tom Chambers
Sonoma City Council: Laurie Gallian
Sebastopol City Council: Robert Jacob
Endorsed candidate Kathleen Shaffer's race is "too close to call," with her trailing by 8 votes with 100% of precincts partially reporting.?
In School Board races, 75% of our endorsed candidates were elected. Congratulations to our endorsed candidates who won their respective race:
Santa Rosa High School District: Laura Gonzales, Larry Haenel, Jenni Klose
Cotati-Rohnert Park USD: Ed Gilardi
Bellevue USD: Yvonne Kennedy
Oak Grove USD: Matt O'Donnell
Congratulations to all of those who won election. Condolences as well as sincere gratitude to those who ran and will not be serving. ??? Again, thank you to everyone who contributed to our many victories this year. All my best, Stephen Gale Chair, Sonoma County Democratic Party
Voter Information - Election Day - November 6, 2012
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What's at Stake in the 1st District Supervisor Race
Dear Fellow Democrats,?
The stakes are high for Sonoma Valley. Two Santa Rosa City Council members, Susan Gorin and John Sawyer, are running for the seat, and the one elected in November will likely serve on the Board of Supervisors for more than a decade.? Development of event centers along Highway 12, new resorts and other tourism-related projects will emerge in that time. Modifying special districts, including water and sewer districts, to raise revenue for the infrastructure to support this development will be important issues. Now the spending war has started in earnest. When a Los Angeles-based Real Estate Independent Expenditure (IE) Committee broke the County's $10,000 spending threshold by supporting John Sawyer, it triggered an automatic increase in contribution limits to the candidates from $2,625 to $5,250. Susan Gorin is endorsed by the Sonoma County Democratic Party, Sierra Club and Sonoma County Conservation Action because of her strong, continuing commitment to community engagement and input on planning decisions that will affect the people who live, work and visit Sonoma County for generations to come. In his book, A Tale of Two Valleys: Wine, Wealth, and the Battle for the Good Life in Napa and Sonoma, Alan Deutschman writes: "The Napa Valley had become synonymous with elitism and prestige and the excesses of wealth and hedonism. In the Sonoma Valley, though, the momentum of the money culture was in conflict with an almost anachronistic ideal of rural living and small-town community." He writes of the complicated battle for Sonoma Valley that culminated in the overwhelming vote for Measure A in the September 21, 1999 Special Election which preserved the hillside behind Mountain Cemetery that was slated for development. Though the citizens supporting preservation raised little more than $10,000 and were outspent by more than ten to one, the voters spoke with an overwhelming voice, voting by a margin of three to one to preserve the city's only hillside from development. It took over a decade for the forces supporting similar development to mount a new battle; this time for the future of the Valley that joins Sonoma and Santa Rosa. The development of event centers and other tourism-related projects will inevitably lead to the expansion of Highway 12 and change the character of the "Valley of the Moon" forever. During a recent City Council meeting, John Sawyer said that community members need to adjust their expectations. He cautioned private citizens not to expect to have their opinions prevail in the rooms where decisions are made; even when a plan has been developed with strong support from the community and officials involved in the planning process. In a recent Santa Rosa?Press Democrat article, Brett Wilkison wrote, "Sawyer has support from the largest business and agriculture organizations, including the Sonoma County Alliance and Sonoma County Farm Bureau ... and real estate and building associations." Add to that list the newfound support from out-of-county Independent Expenditure groups, like the one in Los Angeles, and it becomes clearer why citizens are being asked by Sawyer to adjust their expectations downward. First District Voters deserve better. Will Sonoma Valley go the way of Napa Valley? The money culture is still in conflict with the ideal of rural living and small-town community that the Sonoma Valley has historically embraced. Susan Gorin's strong voice and decisive leadership will help preserve the character of Sonoma County. Sometimes those who live next to a waterfall become deaf to the sound and blind to the beauty. Voters who treasure Sonoma County need to make sure that big-money special interests from Los Angeles know that our county is not for sale. All my best, Stephen Gale,?Chair, Sonoma County Democratic Party This piece was published as an Op-Ed in the following papers: The Sonoma County Gazette Sonoma Valley Sun - October 17, 2012 print edition
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