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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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Sonoma CountyCandidate for Supervisor, Supervisorial District 1

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Gina Cuclis

President, Sonoma County Board of Education
12,782 votes (35.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Finally fix our roads.
  • Stop the departure of experienced Sheriff's deputies.
  • Find sensible solutions to tourism impacts.

Experience

Biography

Gina Cuclis is the elected President of the Sonoma County Board of Education and a Sonoma Valley resident for nearly 30 years. Gina learned early in life her commitment to hard work and community advocacy from her first generation Greek-American parents. Her father founded a small manufacturing company and put Gina to work during summer vacations when she was just 13-years-old. Her mother became a leader in the local League of Women's Voters.

While a student at U.C. Santa Barbara, Gina got involved with the effort to save the Stanislaus River from a dam. Upon graduation, she took a job with Friends of the River. Though the dam was filled, the experience was not a loss. Not only did the work teach her to fight for what she believes in, Gina met and married Roy Tennant, a Stanislaus river guide.

In 1992 Gina co-founded the first community advocacy group in the Springs long history -- the Verano-Springs Association. For years as President of the VSA, Gina worked closely with county and state officials to finally secure funding and construction of the sidewalks along Highway 12 that now protect our pedestrians and provide safer travel for shoppers to our local small businesses.

During much of the last decade Gina worked to save Sonoma Valley Hospital. Three ballot measures later, our hospital expanded on-site instead of closing. Gina also successfully fought repeated attempts to dissolve our SVH Birthing Center. Because of her leadership, Gina was recruited by the SVH board to become an SVH Strategic Planner.

 

Whether it's saving our Sheriff's sub-station, reducing our water rates or building bike paths, Gina has earned her reputation for passionate commitment and tireless leadership on a wide range of issues cutting across our environmental and economic future. She is widely acknowledged as an expert advocate and public official who deeply understands government planning processes, public health care, road funding, our vital wine industry economy, and the values that Sonoma families share.

In 2012 Gina was elected over the incumbent to the Sonoma County Board of Education representing Sonoma Valley and east Santa Rosa. Gina's colleagues unanimously chose her to serve as Board President this year. 

Gina is also Chair of the Sonoma County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board and serves on the board of the Sonoma League for Historic Preservation. For nine years she served as a City of Sonoma Planning Commissioner.

Through her longtime efforts Gina has built strong relationships with key leaders from throughout the county and Sonoma Valley and from different business, governmental and geographic sectors of the North Bay. Gina leverages her relationships to bring diverse people together to work towards common goals with uncommon trust and effectiveness. She believes that any community issue can best be resolved through productive dialog, public transparency, and genuine consensus building. 

Professionally, Gina owns and operates an award-winning public relations and corporate communications firm that represents North Bay clients in business, education, the environment, health care, non-profits and the arts. Gina and her husband Roy, a world renowned Internet librarian, are parents of 23-year-old twin daughters, Elena and Olivia, who are attending college. 

As our First District Supervisor Gina will bring unmatched experience, unequaled accomplishments and unwavering focus to resolve our most pressing issues -- fixing our roads, housing our workforce, improving public safety, and growing our local economy while lessoning the impacts of tourism on local residents.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I'm running for 1st District Supervisor because I'm a problem solver who gets things done. For nearly 30 years in Sonoma Valley and Sonoma County I've worked tirelessly and passionately on dozens of key issues to help our communities thrive and make local government more responsive. As your supervisor, I'll work to focus the Board of Supervisors on our most pressing issues -- fixing our roads, housing our workforce, improving our public safety, and growing our local economy while lessening impacts of tourism on residents. I truly believe in leading by example. That's why I've pledged to cut my pay 25%. It's simply unjustifiable for Sonoma County Supervisors to be among the highest paid in the state -- more even than Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Videos (1)

— May 8, 2016 Gina Cuclis for Supervisor campaign.

A 45 second video with Gina Cuclis showing what she did to get sidewalks created on a busy neighborhood highway.

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