Election Digest: New Endorsements in Assembly Race


Wolk-Assembly-AnnounceNurses Endorse Dan Wolk

Dear Mayor Pro Tem Wolk,

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) Political Action Committee has endorsed your candidacy for the position of California State Assembly. The CNA/NNOC is a professional association that represents 86,000 registered nurses throughout the nation. We believe that you will do an excellent job in representing your district on health, labor, women’s issues, and supporting single payer healthcare and clean money elections which are important issues to Registered Nurses.

Please feel free to list the CNA/NNOC as one of your supporters.

We look forward to working with you on issues of mutual concern.

Malinda Markowitz, RN
Chair, CNA PAC


Former Davis Mayors Endorse Krovoza for Assembly

Former mayors Maynard Skinner (left), Michael Corbett (right), and Ken Wagstaff (not pictured) endorse Joe Krovoza (center) in his bid for State Assembly
Former mayors Maynard Skinner (left), Michael Corbett (right), and Ken Wagstaff (not pictured) endorse Joe Krovoza (center) in his bid for State Assembly

Former Davis mayors Maynard SkinnerMichael Corbett, and Ken Wagstaff have announced their endorsement of Joe Krovoza for State Assembly, citing Krovoza’s independence and effective leadership during his three years of service as mayor of Davis.

Ken Wagstaff, who served as mayor of Davis from 2000 to 2002, and his wife Diane Wagstaff have endorsed Krovoza. “Effective mayors take tough stands. They don’t cave in to particular interest groups. Joe has made decisions based on what is best for the community as a whole,” said the former mayor. “His independence and free-thinking will serve him well in the Assembly.”

Maynard Skinner praised Krovoza for building productive partnerships with UC Davis. “As mayor, Joe has forged the most effective partnerships in decades between the City and the University,” said Skinner, who served on the City Council for a total of 16 years, including two terms as mayor: 1972-1973 and 1991-1992. “Joe’s success in this regard is a testament to his ability to build coalitions and partner with others to the benefit of our community. I enthusiastically support his bid for Assembly.”

Michael Corbett, who served as mayor from 1988 to 1989, commended Krovoza’s work promoting sustainable communities. “Joe will be one of the legislature’s leading experts in land use planning and community development,” said Corbett. “He knows what it takes to make our communities livable, sustainable, and resilient.”

Krovoza said of these endorsements, “I have learned an incredible amount during my three years as mayor. Maynard, Michael, and Ken know exactly what this position entails, so their respect and support mean a great deal to me. I look forward to bringing these lessons and experiences to the Assembly to serve our district.”

These former mayors join dozens of community leaders who have endorsed Krovoza for Assembly. Krovoza, a lifelong Democrat, is a candidate for the 4th Assembly District, which includes Lake and Napa Counties, most of Yolo County, and part of Colusa, Solano and Sonoma Counties.

For more information about Joe Krovoza’s campaign, see www.joekrovoza.org.

—Compiled by Lily Shen

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. Rich Rifkin

    These different endorsements show, in a way, the small schism in the Democratic Party. Unfortunately for Joe Krovoza, it’s not one where half of his party is on one side of the chasm and the other half is on his. The unions, like the nurses and the teachers, call the shots. It’s quite clear that the mainstream of the Democrats–the unions and their shills–are all lined up in favor of Dan Wolk. The former mayors and others who’ve lined up with Joe don’t run our state legislature. They are what might be called independent Democrats. They have a very hard time beating the monied interests who write every bill.

    What most stands to hurt Dan’s chances of winning in November is if he gets crushed in the primary by Bill Dodd, and Dodd is able to hold his voters in the Fall. (No matter the percentages, there will be a top-two run-off in November.) I think, because Dan and Joe are going to divide some of the Yolo County vote and the Dixon vote, Dodd has a good chance to finish first by winning the Napa, Lake and Sonoma County portions of the district.

    The Democratic machine is hurt in part by the fact that this is an open primary, and there are no Republicans running. Even if Dodd is seen as a DINO by the union activists, that won’t stop him from winning the votes of conservative and moderate voters, most of whom are not Democrats. I think the same math works for Krovoza. However, he lacks the home turf base that gives Dodd the edge.

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