Only one Napa County government race on the June ballot has more than one candidate, with Supervisor Diane Dillon and farmer Cio Perez to square off for the 3rd District supervisor seat.
The filing deadline passed on Friday for the June 5 election. Supervisor Brad Wagenknecht, Sheriff John Robertson, District Attorney Allison Haley, Auditor-Controller Tracy Schulze, Treasurer-Tax Collector Tamie Frasier and Assessor-Recorder-County Clerk John Tuteur are running unopposed.
A calm seems to have settled over the Napa County election world. That’s in contrast to two years ago, when two of three supervisor races each had multiple candidates with diverse viewpoints.
This June, the Dillon-Perez contest is the only county government race offering a choice. The sprawling, mostly rural 3rd supervisorial district stretches from Napa north to Calistoga and east to Lake Berryessa. It includes the heart of Napa Valley wine country.
Dillon has been on the Board of Supervisors since 2003 and is seeking a fifth term. Before that, she was active in such efforts as the successful 1990 campaign to pass Measure J to give citizens a direct voice in agricultural land protection. The county native practiced law locally from 1982 to 2002.
“I stand on my record of experience and of protecting the Napa Valley, as I have done for 30 years,” Dillon said.
She talked about her efforts to protect the agricultural watershed. She mentioned working on a 2017 agreement between the county and city of Napa to study how mountainside developments affect city reservoirs.
Perez was named 2011 Agriculturalist of the Year by Napa County Farm Bureau. His family has grown Napa County wine grapes since 1935. He has been active with the Farm Bureau for almost 30 years.
“I think with as much farming and farming activity that we have in Napa County, it’s important to have someone with farming experiencing participating at the (Board of Supervisors) level,” Perez said.
Perez expressed concern about the amount of winery commercialization that he said seems to be expanding and affects the quality of life people enjoy here.
Wagenknecht has been a supervisor since 1999 and is seeking a sixth and what he said will be a final term. His will be the only name on the ballot for the 1st District supervisorial race.
The 1st District includes most of downtown Napa, the Browns Valley area and the Carneros region.
Robertson was appointed sheriff by the Board of Supervisors in 2012. He won the first contested sheriff’s election in a quarter-century in 2014. This year, the contest is uncontested.
Haley was appointed district attorney by the Board of Supervisors in 2016 to replace retiring District Attorney Gary Lieberstein.
Two Napa County residents will be involved in the primary race for the 5th Congressional District seat. One is incumbent Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena. The other is Jason Kishineff of American Canyon representing the Green Party.
“It has been my honor to represent the place where I was born, grew up, raised my children and still live today,” Thompson said in a press release. “The support of so many across our diverse district is humbling, from supervisors to mayors to sheriffs to business leaders and to community advocates.”
Thompson has represented the area in Congress since 1998. He said his unfinished work includes ensuring criminals and dangerous individuals can’t easily obtain guns, protecting the 2nd Amendment rights of law-abiding individuals to own firearms and strengthening and protecting Social Security and MediCare.
Kishineff in a press release said Democrats such as Thompson have failed to represent labor, the environment and immigrants. The release describes Kishineff as a progressive and an environmentalist/social justice warrior.
He said he is endorsed by Bernie Sanders’ Our Revolution group, the Sonoma County Green Party and the Solano County Green Party, among others. He said he will refuse all donations from corporate super PACS.
Napa County election officials said Nils Palsson filed a candidate’s statement for the Congressional race. The Sonoma County resident on his website calls himself a social theorist and holistic systems designer and an advocate for social, racial, environmental and economic justice.
Congressional candidates can file to run in their home counties, so it wasn’t clear on Friday afternoon how many people are running for Thompson’s seat. The 5th District covers Napa County and parts of Contra Costa, Lake, Solano and Sonoma counties.