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Longtime local environmentalist Chris Malan has joined the race for the 4th District Napa County Board of Supervisors seat.

Malan will run against Supervisor Alfredo Pedroza and challenger Diane Shepp. The seat is on the June primary ballot, with a November face-off among the two top vote-getters if no one receives more than 50 percent of the vote.

A resident of Napa County for 38 years, Malan has been involved with such efforts as Napa River restoration and watershed protection. She has worked for the county as a mental health professional for 35 years.

“Because people and the environment matter” is the slogan she uses on her campaign website.

Malan said there is an increasing concern in the community about such issues as water availability, water quality, open space preservation and access, forest protection and climate change.

“These are issues I have been working on for years,” Malan said in a news release. “I believe we need someone who is knowledgeable about and has proven commitment to these issues on the Board of Supervisors.”

Malan’s involvement in earlier, local environmental matters plays a key role in the 2002 James Conaway book on Napa Valley called “The Far Side of Eden.”

Her priorities include raising the local minimum wage, increasing the amount of low-income and affordable housing, addressing Highway 29 traffic congestion and increasing public access to board meetings and information, Malan said.

If elected, she will donate 25 percent of her supervisor salary to local nonprofit groups addressing poverty and environmental education and protection.

Malan ran for supervisor in the 2000 race won by now-Assemblyman Bill Dodd.

Pedroza, previously on the Napa City Council, was appointed to the 4th District supervisor seat by Gov. Jerry Brown in December 2014 after Dodd vacated his supervisor seat for the Assembly. Shepp is a founding member of Protect Rural Napa and the Vision 2050 coalition of local neighborhood and environmental groups.

The 4th District includes parts of the northeastern city of Napa and extends east to such rural areas as Soda Canyon, Silverado, Circle Oaks, Wooden Valley and the southern tip of Lake Berryessa.

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Napa County Reporter

Barry Eberling covers Napa County government, transportation, the environment and general assignments. He has worked for the Napa Valley Register since fall 2014 and previously worked 27 years for the Daily Republic of Fairfield.

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