BREAKING NEWS: Krovoza To Run For Assembly

Krovoza-swear-inAfter much speculation, Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza has announced this morning that he will be running for the State Assembly to succeed Assemblymember Mariko Yamada in the newly formed Fourth Assembly District.

“I’d like you to be among the first to know some exciting news from our family,” said Mayor Krovoza in a statement Friday morning.  “I will run for the California State Assembly seat (“Assembly District/AD 4″) that will open next year when my friend Mariko Yamada concludes her term. My four-year term on the Davis City Council and service as mayor will conclude in June of 2014, when the primary will be held for the Assembly seat.”

Joe Krovoza becomes the second known candidate in the field.  Anthony Ferrington, a Lake County Supervisor announced approximately two months ago his run.  There is additional speculation, that Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk, whose mother is State Senator Lois Wolk, may jump into the race as well, which would set the stage for a spirited battle.

Joe Krovoza was elected to the Davis City Council in June 2006 and finished a commanding first, winning all but one precinct.  He became Mayor in January 2011 when Don Saylor resigned his seat to be sworn in as County Supervisor.

“I have led Davis as mayor since January 2011 and have learned much about the interplay of local, regional and state government, and what it takes to bring people together to solve our most challenging issues,” said Mr. Krovoza.  “As you know, I am passionate about sustainable fiscal and environmental systems, the value of education, the need to both celebrate and respect our differences, and the imperative to address climate change through clean energy and improved transportation systems.”

He added,  “I am exceptionally proud of our accomplishments in Davis during these recent and trying economic times.”

Joe Krovoza was a critical voice on the city council helping to push through fiscal reform, joining in the critical 3-2 majority in June 2011 on a budget that would eventually pave the way for structural reform.  He took a leadership position as well on fire staffing and is a member of the JPA for the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency helping to usher in the surface water project.

He has worked throughout his term on the City Council at Institute of Transportation Studies and Energy Efficiency Center.

“Through my day job at UC Davis’ Institute of Transportation Studies and Energy Efficiency Center I am privileged to work with some of the state’s most innovative minds, and I know I can continue to translate our collective expertise into effective policy,” Mr. Krovoza’s statement continued.

He added, “I would relish the opportunity to bring these experiences to the California Assembly, and a district that includes Napa and Lake Counties, and parts of Sonoma, Solano, Colusa and Yolo Counties, including the cities of Winters, Woodland and Davis, and the UC Davis campus.”

“I do not take this decision lightly, and have been considering this opportunity to extend my public service for the past several months. I invite you now to join me in this campaign, and to share with me your visions for the district and the state,” he said.

Mr. Krovoza’s term expires in June 2014 along with Councilmember Rochelle Swanson.  His decision opens up a seat on the council for a new challenger.  Councilmember Swanson has not officially announced but those close to her have told the Vanguard she intends to seek reelection.

—David M. Greenwald reporting

About The Author

David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. hpierce

    So, Mr has indicated that he will not be on the CC by mid-June ’14, regardless of the Assembly vote outcome. Interesting to see who will attempt to fill the vacant CC position.

  2. Barbara King

    So when would the primary election for this seat happen, and would the new primary law mean it is possible for there to be only members of one party on the ballot for the final election?

  3. David M. Greenwald

    Given the district make up not only possible – likely. Which means we probably get Dan versus Joe twice, although I’ve been told not to sleep on Mr. Ferrington.

  4. Mr.Toad

    Our elections take too much time with people announcing more than a year in advance for a state assembly seat and two or more years for president. I guess Joe figures he will need that much time to overcome Wolk name recognition if Dan decides to run. Advantage Wolk! Good luck Joe.

  5. Davis Progressive

    its unearned name recognition. i voted for wolk like everyone else last year but I’m largely disappointed. he’s taken too many easy ways out and not enough tough decisions

  6. medwoman

    I believe that Joe has been an excellent mayor, coming in at an extremely contentious time with difficult challenges and has provided thoughtful, fair and reasonable leadership on the council. I have no doubt that he would also represent us well in Sacramento.

  7. Matt Williams

    I have it on very good authority that there is going to be a third Davis resident running for Assembly . . . Steve Souza. My source could be wrong, but he rarely is. Krovoza, Souza and Wolk all vying for the Davis votes could make Farrington a much more viable candidate since he doesn’t have to split votes with anyone.

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