Election Digest: New Endorsements in Judicial and Assembly Races


Wolk-Assembly-AnnounceFormer Associate Justice of Supreme Court Endorses Wolk

Cruz Reynoso Joins Latino Leaders at the State and Local Level Supporting Wolk — Davis Mayor Pro Tem Dan Wolk announced today that he has received the endorsement of former Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court Cruz Reynoso in his campaign to represent the 4th District in the California State Assembly. Reynoso joins more than 100 other statewide education, environmental, civil rights and other leaders from all over the district supporting Dan Wolk for Assembly.

“I have long admired Dan’s independence and vision. He is clearly committed to the issues that have driven me in my career, including protection of our civil rights and sound environmental stewardship,” said Reynoso. “I believe Dan will make an excellent Assembly member.”

Upon his appointment in 1981, Reynoso was the first Latino Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. He later served as vice-chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 1993 to 2004. Reynoso currently serves as Professor of Law Emeritus at UC Davis King Hall School of Law, and as an honorary trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

In 2000, President Bill Clinton honored Reynoso with a Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor, for his lifelong devotion to public service.

Reynoso joins numerous Latino leaders at the state and local level in support of Wolk, including State Senators Kevin de León and Dr. Ed Hernandez, former Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, Yolo County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jorge Ayala, Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, Yolo County Supervisor Oscar Villegas, Dixon City Councilmember Jerry Castañon, Woodland School Board Member Angel Barajas, and former Woodland School Board Members Evelia Genera and Rogelio Villagrana.

Dan Wolk has served on the Davis City Council since 2011 and is currently Mayor Pro Tem. He is Deputy County Counsel for Solano County, handling public finance, public contracting and water issues. He is also the founder of the Legal Clinic of Yolo County, a legal services provider for low-income families. He lives in Davis with his wife, Jamima, a former professional triathlete and small business owner, and their two young daughters, Avery and Layla.

Assembly District 4 consists of Napa and Lake Counties, most of Yolo County, as well as portions of Sonoma, Solano and Colusa Counties.


Delaini.PhotoYolo County Supervisor Don Saylor Endorses Delaini

Calls Delaini Extremely Well Qualified – Larenda Delaini, candidate for Yolo County Superior Court Judge, has received the endorsement of another top Yolo County official, Supervisor Don Saylor.  Supervisor Saylor joins his colleague on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, Matt Rexroad, and many others in endorsing Larenda in her run for judge.

“I believe Yolo County Judges should have a deep understanding of the law and balanced, objective temperament.  I believe the best judges also are invested in our community,” said Supervisor Saylor.  “Larenda Delaini meets every one of these criteria.  She grew up in Yolo County and still lives here.  She has demonstrated her commitment to our community through extensive volunteer efforts and years of consistent public service.  Her legal career is marked by excellence, sound judgment, and broad experience in state and federal courts.  I believe Larenda is extremely well qualified and is exactly the kind of person we need on the bench in Yolo County,” concluded Supervisor Saylor.

Supervisor Saylor represents District 2 on the Board of Supervisors, including the cities of Davis and Winters.  He joined the Board of Supervisors in January 2011, and previously served as Mayor and City Council Member for the City of Davis.

“I am honored to have Supervisor Saylor’s support.  He has served this public honorably for nearly forty years, and I admire his commitment to Yolo County and, in particular, the City of Davis,” said Delaini.

Larenda Delaini is a Deputy Attorney General and former Deputy District Attorney.  She is also an adjunct professor at Sacramento City College and works in the legal writing program at Lincoln Law School.  Larenda and her husband David, a Lieutenant at the West Sacramento Police Department, live in Davis with their two children, ages 4 and 7.

To learn more about Larenda Delaini, visit:   www.DelainiforJudge.com


Janene Beronio announces her candidacy for Yolo Superior Court Judge on the courthouse steps on TuesdayMore Law Enforcement Endorsements for Beronio

Three more major local law enforcement organizations have endorsed Yolo Superior Court Commissioner Janene Beronio in her election for Yolo Superior Court Judge, her campaign announced today.

The three new endorsements come from: the West Sacramento Police Officers’ Association, the Woodland Professional Police Employees Association, and the Woodland Squad Club of the California Highway Patrol.

These three endorsing organizations join three other Yolo law enforcement associations that have previously endorsed Commissioner Beronio: the Davis Police Officers Association, the Winters Police Officers Association, and the Yolo Deputy Sheriffs Association, making “a virtual clean sweep of Yolo County law enforcement associations,” according to Beronio campaign senior adviser Judge Dave Rosenberg.

Regarding their endorsement, President Bryan Schmidt of the West Sacramento Police Officers’ Association said, “The West Sacramento Police Officers’ Association has unanimously voted to endorse Commissioner Janene Beronio for Yolo Superior Court Judge. Over the years we have observed her skills on the Bench and we are confident that she is extremely well-qualified to serve as a Superior Court Judge. We are proud to join public safety and law enforcement associations in Davis, Woodland and Winters in supporting her.”

James Hanna, President of the Woodland Squad Club, California Highway Patrol, said, “I have personally sat in Janene’s courtroom over the years and have witnessed her vast knowledge of the law, impartial judgments, calm demeanor and composure under tough circumstances and her sensitivity to the defendants and their counsel.”

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.

“Our courts are here to make sure the constitution and the laws are followed, that people are treated equally and fairly, and that justice is administered and dispensed without bias or prejudice,” said Commissioner Beronio today. “I am just so gratified to receive the support of men and women who daily work in law enforcement and public safety. I also value the support of both prosecutors and defense attorneys who advocate, respectively, for victims of crime and for those accused of crime.”

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.

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. Davis Progressive

      strange that cruz would endorse dan. probably due to him working at the law school with bruce wolk. dan would not seem a natural choice for cruz, particularly with prieto and reisig backing dan.

  1. Tia Will

    I think that it is important to remember that endorsements are made for many reasons. Some because the endorser honestly believes that the candidate is the best person for the job, others will have many other motivations.

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