Who Gets Your Vote in the Napa County Race?

A four-term incumbent faces two challengers for his District 2 seat on the Napa County Board of Supervisors. Both are currently on the Napa City Council and both are Democrats, forcing party members to choose. Who gets your vote and why?

We're still weeks away from the June 5 election for District 2 supervisor in Napa County, which shares the presidential primary ballot with a pair of statewide ballot measures and the races for state senate, state assembly, U.S. senate and the Fifth Congressional District currently represented by Mike Thompson.

Although the deadline to register to vote in this election isn't until May 21, many district voters have already made their ballot choices and thousands are expected to have cast their votes by mail well before Election Day arrives.

While local offices are nominally non-partisan, party politics are still part of the picture: The county's Republican party members have .

Democratic voters in District 2 are faced with a choice in Luce's incumbents, both Democrats currently serving on the Napa City Council.

The has thrown its support behind Mark van Gorder, who was first to declare his candidacy as a Luce opponent in the recently-remapped district.

However, club president  — who was recently elected as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in September — has endorsed challenger Juliana Inman in her Napa Patch blog post,

Do you have a favorite in the race? Please tell us who it is and why, as Napa prepares to vote in the June 5 election.

If you live in one of the county's other four districts, in which the supervisor is either running unopposed (Bill Dodd, Keith Caldwell) or is not yet up for re-election (Diane Dillon), we welcome your opinions as well.

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Cynthia Ripley May 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM
It was my understanding that because the endorsement vote tally was so close, that the Napa Valley Democrats did not endorse either Inman or Van Gorder. Please verify this. Cynthia Ripley
Joanne Gifford May 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM
The Napa County Democratic Central Committee did not endorse in this race. However, the Democrats of Napa Valley [Club] did. While the two organizations do often work together "hand in glove," they are actually two distinctly different organizations. Hope that clarifies things a bit for you, Cynthia.
Lisa Batto May 25, 2012 at 04:46 AM
As the Napa County Supervisor election approaches, I find myself evaluating the choices before me. I first began getting very involved in my community of Napa a little over 9 years ago. My family has been in Napa for seven generations (arriving in the valley in 1846). I didn’t really know or have an opinion about what was going on in my community until I got a job in an organization that focused on strengthening the local economy. As I became more educated on the politics of the City, I found my own voice evolving, and it didn’t always match the voice of others. I’ve been most impressed with Mark Van Gorder over the last eight years. He always seemed to question the process. For a special interest group this was very frustrating, but from a residents point of view it was a welcome reprieve.
Lisa Batto May 25, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Mark hasn’t ALWAYS supported business nor can I say that he ALWAYS supported resident’s personal interest. However what I have seen in Mark Van Gorder is someone who looks at the issues sensibly and from many perspectives. He is someone that tries to understand the full picture and the consequences of decisions. He looks for a way to bring people together, to communicate and come to consensus on issues. He is a person of vision and integrity, as shown by his years serving on the City Council. I always felt that he did his homework and listened to what was being said, openly, before making his decision. This process I can respect, as this would be the way I would make a decision. While I did represent a large organization, I always felt that Mark Van Gorder was listening to me, as much as he listened to the organization. I believe that this sets him apart from the others in the race for Supervisor. My vote is for values, integrity and leadership – I’m voting for Mark Van Gorder and I urge you to vote for him too


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