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Press Democrat: Lynda Hopkins edges Noreen Evans in campaign contributions for 5th District Sonoma County supervisor

The Press Democrat

Noreen Evans and Lynda Hopkins, two leading candidates in the highly watched race to succeed Efren Carrillo on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors, are neck-and-neck in fundraising, amassing more than $100,000 each since the beginning of the year, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Hopkins, an organic farmer who has never held elected office, raised $117,763 from Jan. 1 through the period ending April 23.

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Press Democrat: Sonoma County 5th District candidates stake out positions at forum

The Press Democrat

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Letter to the Editor: A Clear Choice

The Press Democrat

EDITOR: The race for supervisor in the 5th District is heating up, and most would agree that the two leading candidates are Noreen Evans and Lynda Hopkins. Fifth District voters will have to choose between them, and it may be no easy task when you hear them speak in public.

I think the best way to choose is to take an important issue and see which groups affected by the issue are supporting which candidate.

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Letter to the Editor: Evans ‘A Resource’

The Press Democrat

EDITOR: In Sonoma County, we are lucky to have such a resource as Noreen Evans. Even though she will be elected supervisor of the 5th District, she will be a wise, strong asset for us all, countywide.

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Letter to the Editor: Evans' Track Record

The Press Democrat

EDITOR: The April 17 insert describing the intentions of Lynda Hopkins as a candidate for 5th District supervisor illuminates the crucial need for the experienced alternative: Noreen Evans.

Hopkins is obviously a bright and ambitious newcomer to the political scene, but she’s woefully inexperienced. Any newcomer should begin with the many opportunities to learn the political environment, i.e. a school board or city council membership. This is precedent toward the advanced Board of Supervisors representation.

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Press Democrat: Field set in pivotal 5th District race for Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

The race to replace Efren Carrillo on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors now includes five rivals competing in the June primary for the sprawling 5th District — the liberal heart of the county, with a growing share of younger voters and Latino residents.

Two women — Noreen Evans, a former state legislator and Santa Rosa councilwoman, and Lynda Hopkins, a political newcomer who has never held elected office — have emerged as front-runners in the race. Other candidates include Tim Sergent, a Maria Carrillo High School teacher and former lobbyist for the California Teachers Association; Tom Lynch, a county planning commissioner and fiscal watchdog; and Marion Chase, a county social services worker.

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La Prensa Sonoma: Entrevista con Noreen Evans, candidata a supervisora del Distrito 5

By Ricardo Ibarra

Noreen Evans fue la segunda persona en hacer público su interés de buscar el puesto como supervisora del Distrito 5 en el condado de Sonoma, casi un mes después de Lynda Hopkins.

Apenas a finales del año pasado se mudó con su familia a Sebastopol —desde Brush Creek, donde vívía—, pues de otra manera no habría podido buscar ese puesto. Y en aquel lugar gobierna el Distrito 1 su amiga y aliada Susan Gorin.

La candidata demócrata, quien representó la región por diez años en el senado de California, tomó un café con La Prensa Sonoma para hablarnos de sus proyectos con la comunidad latina en el Distrito 5, que abarca desde Sebastopol hasta el condado de Mendocino por la zona costera.

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Sonoma County Gazette: Noreen Evans endorsed by Sonoma County Conservation Action

Sonoma County Conservation Action’s Board of Directors announced their endorsement of Noreen Evans for 5th District Sonoma County Supervisor.  The Board's decision was based on the former State Senator's long history of positions on environmental issues, her clear vision for Sonoma County, and her long standing support for SCCA, the County's leading environmental advocacy organization.

“Noreen Evans has an impressive track record supporting the environment and standing up to powerful development and resource extraction interests,” said Board President Neal Fishman. “This gives Conservation Action confidence that she will do the same as county supervisor.”

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Press Democrat: In first forum, Sonoma County supervisor candidates talk housing, roads and economy

Seven candidates running for three seats on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors offered widely different ideas Wednesday for how the county might address its housing crisis and fix its crumbling road system.

Former state Sen. Noreen Evans argued that taxes from medical marijuana — and potentially those from recreational pot sales, if California voters sanction such sales and use this year — could provide money to help the county fix its roads.

“The only big source of revenue we can look at is regulating and taxing cannabis,” said Evans, one of at least four candidates vying to replace Supervisor Efren Carrillo in what is viewed as the most hotly contested local race this year.

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Sonoma County Gazette: Noreen Evans Runs for 5th District Supervisor

I’m excited to announce I’m running for Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor. We need strong, effective, independent leadership to protect the public interest. Based on my long record of public service, you know I will listen to you and stand up for the issues important to our community. 

The 5th District is large and diverse. From Roseland and Southwest Santa Rosa to Cazadero and Sea Ranch, from Sebastopol to the Lower Russian River to Bodega Bay and Jenner, our common challenges include homelessness, climate change, crumbling roads and infrastructure, income and wealth disparity, access to and cost of healthcare, access to mental health and emergency services, among many others. 

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