Election Digest: Poll Shows Dodd Ahead; School Board Events and More


Dodd-BillDodd Poll Shows Dodd Ahead in Assembly Race

Good news to share — a poll conducted by the highly respected Jim Moore, our campaign’s pollster, has us in first place going into the critical last seven weeks of the campaign.

Here is what the poll shows:
“Between March 26th and April 2nd, we conducted a 400 interview survey (+/- 5%) within Assembly District 4. The sample was selected from likely June 2014 primary voters. The findings are: Democratic Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd is leading with 25%, Republican retired Marine Corps Officer Charlie Schaupp is at 18%, Democratic County attorney / Councilmember Dan Wolk is at 12%, and Democratic Mayor / University director Joe Krovoza is at 10%. The total undecided vote is 31%.”
We’re pleased to be in this position and it is certainly good news. However, we’re taking nothing for granted and working harder than ever. In fact we’d love it if you could join us to get the word out about the campaign.


UC Davis Law Professor Madhavi Sundar is one of three known applicants for appointment

Join School Board Candidate Madhavi Sunder’s Team Picture!

Join in Madhavi’s team picture at Mace Ranch Park on Saturday, April 19 and talk with the candidate!   Picture at  9 a.m. at the oak tree.  Coffee and donuts provided as well as art projects for the kids.  Hope to see you there.  For more information, contact Sarah Heringer at (530) 848-0462.


Janene Beronio announces her candidacy for Yolo Superior Court Judge on the courthouse steps on TuesdayCriminal Defense Lawyers for Beronio

The Beronio for Judge Campaign announced today that a number of local criminal defense attorneys have formed a group called “Criminal Defense Lawyers for Beronio” to support her campaign for election as Yolo Superior Court Judge. Campaign Senior Adviser and spokesman Judge Dave Rosenberg said, “Janene’s campaign has been endorsed by a large number of local prosecuting attorneys as well as local defense attorneys. It’s really a remarkable thing to receive such levels of support from both sides of the aisle – at bottom, it’s a testament to Janene Beronio’s record of fairness and equal treatment.”

Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio is a candidate for election to the Yolo Superior Court. The election is June 3. Beronio has served as a Superior Court Commissioner for Yolo County for the past 25 years, and is supported by all the Yolo Judges, both active and retired, and a wide spectrum of practicing attorneys and citizens throughout the county.

Head of the Yolo County Conflict Defense Panel J Toney will co-chair the Criminal Defense Lawyers for Beronio, and said today, “It’s hard to imagine anyone better qualified to be a Superior Court Judge. Commissioner Beronio is meticulous and compassionate. She is extremely fair to both sides. Her experience as a former deputy district attorney and long-time Court Commissioner will allow her to be an effective Judge from her first day on the Bench.”

Also co-chairing Criminal Defense Lawyers for Beronio is long-time local criminal defense attorney Martha Sequeira who said, “Lawyers who defend people accused of crime simply want Judges who know the law, who listen, who are courteous and calm on the Bench, and who will give fair and equal treatment to all sides. Janene Beronio has done that as a Commissioner and will do that as a Judge.”

Co-chair Rodney Beede, another long-time local criminal defense attorney will also co-chair. Mr. Beede added the following, “In my 35 years of criminal defense I have come to trust Commissioner Beronio to give a fair, thorough review to my clients. I look forward to relying on her wisdom and experience as a great addition to the Yolo Superior Court Bench.”

Other members of the steering committee for Criminal Defense Lawyers for Beronio are criminal defense lawyers Amber Posten, Chuck Pacheco, and Jenny Stoneburner.

Alcala-NormaNorma Alcala, Candidate For Yolo County Supervisor District 1, Joins Central Labor Counsel Request to Sacramento City Counsel

Norma Alcala, candidate for Yolo County Supervisor District 1,  joins the Sacramento Central Labor Council, SEIU, Unite Here Local 49, and the Dolores Huerta Northern California Latino Democratic Club in asking the Sacramento City Council to consider  public benefits before making any decision to  approve the entitlements for ancillary improvements in the area surrounding the new Kings arena.

“There are many union members and non union members who stand to benefit from the payment of living wages to hotel workers in our region, including West Sacramento where many of these workers may live,”  said Norma Alcala.  She noted that the 14.7% unemployment rate in West Sacramento, nearly the worst in the nation when compared to other metropolitan areas,  is a national tragedy. The West Sacramento unemployment rate is worse than Stockton’s  unemployment rate.

 “We need good jobs in the region,” she stated.


Bill Dodd’s Napa Headquarters Now Open Will Serve As Base For Run For State Assembly


Bill Dodd welcomed more than 100 people to the opening of his Napa Campaign Headquarters (707 Randolph Street) with a rally and festivities on March 31 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Attendees included many public officials from District 4 including Napa Mayor Jill Techel.  Attendees learned how to support Dodd’s campaign by signing up to walk precincts, make phone calls, put up yard signs and help in the campaign office.

Compadres Rio Grille, Vallerga’s Market and local wineries including Etude, Beringer, Kate’s Vineyard, Honrama Cellars and V. Sattui Winery donated food and wines for the upbeat gathering.

“I am truly appreciative of the supporters who attended my campaign kick-off. I hope to channel their energy to help get the word out about my campaign to all six counties of District 4″ says Dodd.

Dodd is a Democrat from Napa County. After a successful 25-year business career, he has served four terms on the Napa County Board of Supervisors.

Dodd is running for the State Assembly for District 4 (http://billdodd.com/about/ca-assembly-district-4). The 4th Assembly District includes all of Napa and Lake Counties, and portions of Colusa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Counties.  Dodd is endorsed by over 160 public officials from within District 4.

If elected, Dodd would be the first State Assemblyman from Napa County in the past 34 years.

For more information on Dodd and his campaign, visit www.billdodd.com.

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. Mr. Toad

      Problem is its not just his poll. There are several that show him with a big lead. Dodd has uncontested support in Napa while Dan and Joe are splitting the vote in Yolo. There is plenty of time and a large undecided block so its not inevitable but the chances are Dodd will be in the top two. The question remains if Kravoza or Wolk then can come up enough to run second in front of the Republicans who will get votes from Republicans that will be looking for an ( R ) next to a candidates name and don’t know Dodd was a Republican until last year. I don’t know what will happen but if neither Dan or Joe drops out and throws his support to the other, something I find unlikely to happen, there is a chance that they knock each other out and we end up with a choice between a Republican and a recent ex-Republican. If that happens this race will be studied by everyone for a while as this state sorts through the dynamics of our new top two voting system.

      1. Davis Progressive

        this race is actually not as unexpected as you might think. there have often been times in blanket primaries that the dominant party was its own worst enemy by having the candidates fail to properly clear the field. joe versus dan never should have happened, ironically it might not only doom both of them but it might doom democrats overall in this race.

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