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As we barrel towards the end of 2023, we also run headlong into a jam-packed election year in 2024. Because the Presidential Primary (save us all) come to California early, Sonoma County’s Supervisorial primaries are also held this coming March. There are three districts on the ballot – District 1 (Susan Gorin), District 3 (Chris Coursey), and District 5 (Lynda Hopkins). All three candidates have been previously endorsed by Sonoma County Conservation Action. While Coursey and Hopkins are running for re-election, Gorin has announced her retirement and endorsed Rebecca Hermosillo to replace her. Coursey has drawn an opponent in his first re-election, and has Sonoma County Conservation Action’s strong support in that race. Retaining Chris Coursey will be one of our focuses in the coming March election.

In contested Supervisorial races, if no candidate receives a majority of voters, a runoff election will be held in November. 

City Council elections in November will be far more extensive, with a majority of Sonoma County’s Mayors and Councilmembers up for re-election or election. The above chart shows the seats up for election in each jurisdiction. Currently, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma, Sebastopol and Sonoma all have a majority of councilmembers who were previously endorsed by SCCA. There are 19 seats that SCCA needs to defend in this coming election to maintain these majorities, while picking up key seats in other jurisdictions. As always, our Board of Directors and Advisory Board members will be helping to recruit, train, and support environmental candidates – and while it feels like it’s a year away, the reality is that planning has already begun. 

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Donate to SCCA so that our dedicated staff can fight for candidates and issues important to the environmental movement
  2. Volunteer to walk, phone, and text for candidates
  3. Volunteer to join our advisory committee and help us to evaluate votes and issues
  4. Run for office! We always need a group of dedicated public servants willing and able to serve.