Election Digest: Campaign Events Begin to Heat Up



Editor’s Note: This is a new feature we will be utilizing more as the campaign season rolls closer.  It is a collection of smaller announcements and stories from the various campaigns. Lily Shen, a UC Davis Student and former Court Watch Intern, is our Election Coordinator. 

Rochelle Swanson Biography

Rochelle Swanson was elected to the Davis City Council in 2010. As a city councilmember, Rochelle has led efforts to develop a sustainable budget and establish Davis as a leader in regional economic development with a push for greater investment in critical infrastructure. On the city council, Rochelle has also served on a number of regional boards, including the Yolo Solano Air Quality Management District, I-GATE Board of Directors, Yolo County Children’s Alliance, and the Yolo County Housing Authority. Along with the formal board positions, Rochelle has been actively engaged in activities promoting the Davis community with organizations like Next Economy and the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce. In 2013, Rochelle was asked to serve as the honorary Co-Chair to Cap-to-Cap, the annual trip from Sacramento to Washington D.C. where 300+ regional leaders travel to the nation’s capital to advocate for policies and programs to help us make the best of the assets that reside, for our region, in the greater Sacramento Region.

When elected, Rochelle was serving as the President of the Davis High School Blue & White Foundation and the Project Manager for the campaign to renovate the stadium facilities at Davis Senior High School. She is the founder of RHS Consulting, which focuses on land use matters specializing in telecommunications and municipal planning services. A licensed attorney, Rochelle has enjoyed the flexibility of contracting professional services allowing her the flexibility to be actively engaged in her children’s endeavors and in public service. Rochelle is a member of the Davis Rotary Club where she is a Paul Harris Fellow and serves on the Child Abuse Prevention Program committee. She worked on Chapter 10 of the City’s 2001 General Plan update serving on the Youth & Education Committee, and later spent a year serving on the Yolo County Grand Jury.

Recently, Rochelle has accepted the opportunity to become an account manager for a national telecommunications company. Though it is a national role, she continues to work from her beloved hometown of Davis. Rochelle has been a small business entrepreneur not only in her own consulting business, but also in a Davis restaurant business. Rochelle has enjoyed being a Davis resident for more than 20 years. As with many residents, she first came to Davis to attend UC Davis where she earned a degree in Political Science and has been a proud Aggie ever since. Once living in Davis and enjoying its quality of life, she knew she wanted Davis to be her permanent home.  Living in Davis and seeing the challenges that it has been facing motivated Rochelle to become more and more involved in public service. Rochelle is a problem solver by nature, and is ready to continue meeting the challenges coming before the city to help keep Davis a good place to live.  For fun Rochelle enjoys kayaking, golf, playing catch with her three big dogs and traveling with her family and friends.  She enthusiastically is running for re-election for city council and welcomes your support and any volunteers for her 2014 city council campaign. To volunteer, donate or for more information about Rochelle, please visit rochellefordavis.org.


City Council Candidate Sheila Allen Kicks Off Campaign At Delaine Eastin’s Home


On Wednesday, January 29, Sheila Allen announced that her campaign kick-off event would be held at the home of Delaine Eastin at 4228 Dogwood Place in Davis on Saturday, February 1, from 4-6pm.

Allen, a current trustee of the Davis School Board, said, “I’m excited to talk to my friends and neighbors, the people of Davis, about what matters to them and how we can work together to ensure fiscal health and well-being for all our Davis citizens.”

Allen is a public health nurse with experience as a visiting nurse, a professor, and a public health administrator. She’s currently the executive director of the non-profit, Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance. She also served for 10 years as a First Five Commissioner and as chair of the Yolo County Health Council.

Sponsorships are available for $100. Suggested donations for the event are $40 per person at the door ($20 for seniors and students).

For more information about her campaign you can visit: www.sheilaallen.org or visit her Facebook page (Sheila-Allen-For-City-Council).


Jesse Ortiz for Yolo County Superintendent 2014 – Campaign Kickoff Event



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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