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Mark van Gorder, Candidate for County Supervisor

After emerging in second place following the June primary, the Napa City Council member faces longtime District 2 incumbent Mark Luce in a November runoff.

General Information

Name : Mr. Mark Kevin van Gorder
Age : 45
Place of residence : Napa

Education

College

Attended college : Yes
College : University of California at Davis
Degree : Communications
Year of graduation : 1993

Grad school

Employment Information

Job titles held : Wine Club Manager, Direct to Consumer Manager
Employers : Jack Neal & Son Vineyard Management, Freemark Abbey, Luna Vineyards, Elizabeth Spencer Winery

Political Information

Party affiliation : Democrat
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: Napa County Supervisor
Chamber/district: District 2
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : Napa City Council 2004-2012
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

Party HQ

Address PO Box 37
Napa
CA
94558

Campaign Manager

Name : Barry Barnes
Title : Partner

URLs

Website : www.votevangorder.com
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/#!/votevangorder

Other facts

My wife, Tiffany, and I are raising two little girls in Browns Valley. I am committed to improving neighborhood safety, fixing our roads and sidewalks and strengthening our local economy.

John L. Poole September 10, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Sundays edition of The Napa Register (9/9/2012) has a front page article that states: "[Van Gorder] has opposed the Napa Pipe project..." I think an assessment of this statement needs to be made in light of the following facts: Tiffany Van Gorder billed over $13,150.00 for public relations work supporting the Napa Pipe Project which then sought thousands of housing units. Tiffany's firm, Balzac Communications, billed and was paid over $30,000. How can a candidate credibly maintain he is opposed when he, through his wife, received thousands of dollars from the developer to actively market it to the public? Do you think Bill Dodd, the County's prime advocate for Napa Pipe proposal, would support Van Gorder if Van Gorder were against his pet project? I don't. It's time people learned of the facts and Mark's conflict of interest: http://julianainman.com/docs/NapaPipe/BalzacCommunicationFile.html
Paul Wagner September 10, 2012 at 04:51 PM
If John Poole had done his homework about the van Gorders, he would know that Tiffany van Gorder has never worked for Napa Pipe in any way. The company where she works, Balzac Communications, was hired by the County of Napa, with Mark Luce’s full consent, to organize a series of open public meetings to encourage participation in the review and debate of the Napa Pipe Project for the county’s Planning Department. As the owner and president of Balzac, I was the lead on that account, and I moderated the discussion at all the meetings. They clearly brought a great deal of attention to the issues facing Napa Pipe, and the public conversations at those meetings were very open, frank, and impartial. They offered everyone who attended a chance to ask questions, raise concerns, and criticize any and all elements of the Napa Pipe project. The Napa County Planning Department and the Napa County Board of Supervisors, including Mark Luce, were quite satisfied with both the process and results of those meetings. I am very proud of the level of public involvement in the discussion of Napa Pipe and the issues surrounding it, and the part Balzac played in helping that public discussion get started. And I am delighted that the public discussions about Napa Pipe continue to this day.
vocal-de-local September 10, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I do not see Tiffany Van Gorder's involvement with Balzac Communications as a conflict of interest. However, I want to make the comment that even though Van Gorder is obviously a good person, I think he is easily influenced into decision making which is based on the actions of his co-workers. (generally speaking). Right now, the County is under significant growth pressures. We cannot have someone in office who follows the leader. We need a leader PLUS we need someone who knows ABAG from the inside out. We're better off keeping Luce in office. Trust me, I was his biggest critic at one point. Luce is not perfect. He has made some mistakes. But I am looking at the bigger picture here. My conclusion is that Luce is the better candidate to keep Napa County growth in check. He's a common sense man.

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