Election Digest: Congressman Thompson Endorses Dodd


Dodd-BillRep. Mike Thompson Endorses Bill Dodd For State Assembly

Napa County Supervisor and 4th Assembly District candidate Bill Dodd today announced that long-time Congressman Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena) has endorsed his bid for State Assembly.

“Working closely with Bill Dodd for the past 15 years to solve big, difficult issues facing our community, I have repeatedly seen Bill rise to the occasion under difficult circumstances to deliver for our community,” said Congressman Thompson. “Along with his experience in business and public service, his tenacity, respect for other viewpoints, work ethic and ability to draw out the best in other people make him the most qualified and prepared candidate to represent us in the State Assembly.

“In addition to Bill and I sharing a lot of the same values and political philosophies, Bill is someone I can count on, someone whose handshake still means something,” Congressman Thompson continued. “I am proud to endorse him.”

“Mike and his ability to work with everyone, his principled leadership, and passion for serving others has been the model for me as a public servant,” said Dodd. “I am deeply honored to have his support.”

Congressman Mike Thompson represents California’s 5th Congressional District and has served in the Congress since 1998. Thompson is a small vineyard owner, served our country in Vietnam, and was elected to the state Senate in 1990.

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. The 4th Assembly District includes all of Napa and Lake Counties, and portions of Colusa, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo Counties.


Krell-MaggieCalifornia Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Endorses Maggy Krell for Sacramento District Attorney

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today announced her endorsement of Maggy Krell for Sacramento District Attorney.

Krell presently serves as Deputy Attorney General, leading efforts to investigate human trafficking by joining with other law enforcement agencies and victim service organizations to put an end to an egregious yet often undetected criminal industry that plagues Sacramento streets.

“As a career prosecutor, I appreciate the experience and insight that Maggy Krell will bring to the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office,” said Harris. “She has brought strong leadership to the Department of Justice and our efforts to combat human trafficking and mortgage fraud. As a Deputy Attorney General and Deputy District Attorney, Maggy Krell has earned a reputation as a tough prosecutor and staunch advocate for victims around the state. At the same time, she understands the importance of focusing on prevention and best-practices from throughout California in order to make our communities safer. These have been some of my top priorities as Attorney General and I look forward to working with Maggy Krell when she is District Attorney.”

The Attorney General previously selected Maggy Krell to serve on the newly created California Mortgage Fraud Strike Force in 2011, where she successfully built coalitions with other law enforcement agencies and community stakeholders to work as a team to prevent and prosecute mortgage fraud. She has worked tirelessly to protect distressed homeowners from fraud and unfair business practices and in this capacity, Krell filed a number of aggressive criminal cases against those who prey on vulnerable Californians – particularly non-English speaking communities and the elderly.

“As California’s chief law enforcement officer and as a former DA, Attorney General Harris knows what it takes to be an effective public safety leader,” said Krell. “I am honored to have her support and look forward to an ongoing partnership to make our communities safer.”

Krell has also been endorsed by former Attorney General and current State Treasurer Bill Lockyer and former Attorney General and Los Angeles District Attorney John Van de Kamp.


Baronio-2Beronio Gains Law Enforcement Sweep

A seventh major Yolo County law enforcement organization has endorsed Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio in her election for Yolo Superior Court Judge, her campaign announced today.   “This is an unprecedented clean sweep of every local law enforcement association in Yolo County,” said campaign spokesman Judge Dave Rosenberg.

The new endorsement comes from the UC Davis Police Officer Association.  In a letter to Commissioner Beronio, Association President Rob Sotelo said, “It is with my expressed delight that I share with you that you have the full support of the UC Davis Police Officer Association as you run for the judicial seat for the Yolo County Superior Court.”

Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Beronio now has the endorsement and support of the following seven local law enforcement associations:

Davis Police Officers Association
UC Davis Police Officer Association
West Sacramento Police Officers’ Association
Winters Police Officers Association
Woodland Professional Police Employees Association
Woodland Squad Club of the California Highway Patrol
Yolo Deputy Sheriffs Association

Commissioner Beronio has also received the endorsement of the Davis Professional Firefighters Local #3494, a public safety association, as well as Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig.

“Getting the support of public safety employees from every city in this county, plus UCD and the sheriff’s deputies is gratifying and appreciated,” said Commissioner Beronio.  These men and women work in the criminal justice system every day, and are often in court.  I welcome their support.”

Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio is a candidate for election to the Yolo Superior Court.  She has worked as a Yolo Superior Court Commissioner – a judicial officer position – for the past 25 years, and has garnered the support and endorsement of every Yolo County Superior Court Judge, both active and retired, in her campaign for election.

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  1. Davis Progressive

    two unrelated thoughts.

    first, i’m stunned that thompson endorsed dodd. thompson was congressman here for a decade. he represented yolo along side lois wolk. eli fairclough worked for thompson before she worked for garamendi. she is very close with the wolk’s. i’m stunned thompson is going against dan wolk. dan wolk may be in trouble.

    second, maggie krell is aweful. i hope kamala didn’t endorse her just because she’s the female, nominal democrat. todd leras is the guy i’m supporting in sac. i’m a bit surprised the vanguard hasn’t been more intuned with that race, perhaps it’s just a bandwidth issue.

  2. tj

    Beronio’s campaign is alarming for at least 2 reasons: Law enforcement evidently knows she’s on their side, and Yolo court judges are desperate to see her win. One can only speculate what goes on at the Courthouse that they don’t want anyone new. Mock timed his retirement so an election would be held, no doubt knowing the governor would never appoint her.

    1. Matt Williams

      Intriguing thought tj. Are you saying that Beronio’s candidacy is a massive Republican plot? If it is, who is the orchestrator of that plot?

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