If our assessments are correct, Yolo County will not be represented in the Assembly come January for the first time in 18 years. It will also be the first time in the same time period a member from Davis hasn't been in the chamber.
While there is a Yolo County resident in the race, we support a candidate from outside the county because he's our best chance to be represented at the Capitol. And that's saying something.
Napa County Supervisor and Democrat Bill Dodd will better serve Yolo County residents at large in Assembly District 4 than Republican and Esparto resident Charlie Schaupp, a political outsider in many senses of the word.
Read the full endorsement article here.
The long, drawn-out Election Day has begun. Ballots should be hitting mailboxes this week. More than 61,000 ballots are in the mail, along with 8,000 voter guides for those who still vote in person on the nominal Election Day, this year on Nov. 4. Mail-in ballots must be returned to the county registrar of voters no later than the end of the day on Election Day.
Unfortunately, this election lacks the glamour of some years, when a president is on the ballot. It even lacks the normal drama of a gubernatorial year, since it seems a nearly foregone conclusion that Gov. Brown will sail to an easy re-election.
In the spring primary race for the open seat for the 4th state Assembly district, we endorsed the candidacy of Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd. Although we found all the candidates, including his now-general election rival Charlie Schaupp, interesting, sincere and thoughtful, we endorsed Dodd for his pragmatic and effective leadership on the Napa Board of Supervisors. We also like the notion of having a representative from Napa in Sacramento for the first time in many years. The editorial board sees no reason to revisit that endorsement and we continue to support Dodd.
Read the full editorial piece from the Napa Valley Register here.
The state Assembly race between Democrat Bill Dodd and Republican Charlie Schaupp presents a classic choice between a structuralist and a reformer, as well as between a relationship-builder and a firebrand.
Dodd, a Napa County supervisor since 2000, has proven his ability to work within the system. He values compromise, he’s won the support of virtually every elected official in this large seven-county district, and he’s so moderate that he switched his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat without needing to retool his platform or his problem-solving approach (supervisorial elections are nonpartisan).
Read the full endorsement article here.
Nearly a month away from the Nov. 4 election, candidates vying to represent Solano County in the state assembly weighed in on pertinent issues related to water and agriculture.
Hosted by the Solano County Farm Bureau, Wednesday's candidate forum gave an opportunity to those running to represent District 11 Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Solano and Vacaville Community Services Commissioner and Republican candidate Alex Henthorn, and those running to represent District 4 Napa County Supervisor and Democrat Bill Dodd and retired U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Charlie Schaupp, to share why voters should support them in the upcoming election.
Read the full story from the Vacaville Reporter here.
The two remaining Assembly candidates discussed a range of issues including the Proposition 1 Water Bond and education funding at a Woodland forum Tuesday night.
Democrat Bill Dodd, a Napa County supervisor, and Republican Charlie Schaupp, an Esparto Marine veteran, are vying for the spot that is currently occupied by Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, who is termed out of the Assembly at the end of this year.
The League of Women Voters forum, held at the Woodland Community and Senior Center, was attended by about 40 people.
"I am running for the State Assembly because California needs a new direction and a fresh approach," Dodd said during his two-minute opening statement. "It also needs to return to basic principles like stability, integrity and cooperation."
Dodd focused on his experiences as a businessman and on the Napa County Board of Supervisors.
Read the full story from the Woodland Daily Democrat here.