Connolly tops Assembly candidate list in primary – Marin Independent Journal
As Assemblyman veteran Marc Levine chooses to run for state insurance commissioner, voters in Marin are faced with the decision of choosing a new representative in the Legislative Assembly.
Based on his local political experience and background, Marin’s supervisor, Damon Connolly, leads the impressive pool of qualified candidates.
Connolly, a Democrat, would bring valuable experience and knowledge to the job after serving as a school trustee, San Rafael city council member, county supervisor and member of the regional transportation and energy commissions.
The June 7 election will determine the two candidates who will face each other in the November ballot.
Besides Connolly, the field of possible choices includes other Democrats, Sausalito City School District Administrator Marin Ida Times-Green, former state legislative aide Steve Schwartz of Sebastopol and Sara Aminzadeh of Kentfield, member of the California Coastal Commission.
Aminzadeh, to her credit, has been endorsed by 26 current and former members of the state Assembly, including former Marin lawmakers, former Assemblyman Joe Nation and Mark Leno, a former senator. of State.
His connection to his party’s power structure in Sacramento may be strong, but Connolly has shown he has the strongest ties to local lawmakers and community leaders.
Times-Green, a county social worker who grew up in Marin City public housing, is coming forward to be ‘a voice for change’, including addressing what she calls California’s ‘inequality crisis’ .
Among his backers is Marin’s former supervisor, Susan Adams.
Schwartz is an organic farmer, founder of the Interfaith Sustainable Food Collaborative and a member of the Marin Food Policy Council. He also served as a trustee of the Gravestein Union School District. It was endorsed by former Marin MP Vivien Bronshvag. Being the only Sonoma County resident in the race could boost his bid.
There is no Republican candidate in this race.
Connolly’s breadth of experience on key issues such as energy, transportation, education, economic and social challenges, land use planning and housing, and having worked with leaders in both counties in the district, gives him an advantage to approach them in Sacramento. He served six terms as an elected official. He knows his responsibility to his constituents.
“I’m running to be a local voice in Sacramento for our communities,” Connolly told the IJ editorial board, noting that he offers “a proven track record” for Marin and Sonoma County residents.
Connolly’s endorsements reflect this strength, including support from Marin County Schools Superintendent Mary Jane Burke, three of her four colleagues on the Marin Board of Supervisors – Stephanie Moulton-Peters, Dennis Rodoni and Judy Arnold – San Rafael Mayor Kate Colin and former state senator John Burton, who represented Marin in Washington and Sacramento.
Connolly comes in a solid and articulate group of candidates.
Aminzadeh is polite and brings a different voice and perspective. Times-Green is articulate and offers leadership that would include seeing issues through a different lens – that of the need to correct the racial and economic inequalities facing our state and nation.
“As a resilient black woman, I had an experience,” she said.
His candidacy ensured that these issues were addressed in this election.
Having served as a legislative staffer, Schwartz knows his way around the halls of Sacramento and his opponents lack his extensive knowledge of Sonoma County and North Bay agriculture.
But when it comes to breadth of experience, Connolly has an impressive advantage.
We expect our community representative in Sacramento to be a leader at the local level as well as at the Statehouse. We don’t need glossy letters, but initiatives to keep voters informed about how we are represented in legislative debates and votes.
The recommendations of the IJ editorial board are offered as food for thought while voters make up their own minds. In the race for the open seat in Assembly District 10, the IJ recommends Damon Connolly based on his years and experience.