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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Sonoma CountyCandidate for Supervisor, Supervisorial District 5

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Noreen Evans

Environmental Attorney
12,229 votes (38.3%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting and creating affordable housing.
  • Protecting our coast.
  • Repairing our infrastructure, including roads.



Profession:Environmental Attorney and former State Senator
State Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (2010–2014)
Member, California Coastal Conservancy — Appointed position (2011–2014)
State Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2004–2010)
Councilmember, City of Santa Rosa — Elected position (1996–2004)
Planning Commissioner, City of Santa Rosa — Appointed position (1993–1996)


University of the Pacific/McGeorge School of Law Juris Doctorate, Law (1981)
California State University, Sacramento Bachelor of Arts, Government (1978)


More than 20 years experience in state and local government. Planning Commissioner and Councilmember for City of Santa Rosa for 11 years; 10 years as State Assemblymember and State Senator. Served four years on the California Coastal Conservancy the State Judicial Council, and the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Co-authored AB 32, which set California's first-ever carbon emissions reduction goals. Authored the Homeowners Bill of Rights, protecting homeowners in foreclosure fraud. Chaired the Legislative Budget Committee during the Great Recession and was responsible for balancing the state budget while continuing to fund education, In-Home Supportive Services, HIV/AIDS prevention, foster care, child care, and many other vital state services, including keeping state parks open. Experienced in land use planning and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). I want to bring this extensive experience and knowledge to begin to address some of Sonoma County's long-standing challenges such as affordable housing and coastal protection.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (3)

  • The Sierra Club
  • Sonoma County Conservation Action
  • Sonoma County Democratic Central Committee

Elected Officials (1)

  • State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

Individuals (1)

  • Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My governing philosophy emphasizes three things: Transparency, accountability, and results. I believe first and foremost in representing the public's best interests and involving the public in decision-making. During my 10 years in the state legislature, I created videos and power point presentations to educate the public on the causes of the State's budget crisis and held massive public hearings attended by thousands of Californians to take input on how best to balance the budget during the Great Recession. My approach was to make the cuts to services necessary to balance the budget while preserving the programs Californians need and expect until we were able to return to fiscal health. I would use this same approach on the Board of Supervisors--exercise oversight on County functions, require accountability for public expenditures, and include the public in decision-making.

Videos (1)

— May 18, 2016 Noreen Evans For Supervisor

Sonoma County is facing serious challenges, and we need strong, independent and principled leadership to stand up against powerful interests in order to protect the resources of Sonoma County for future generations. In this video Noreen Evans speaks on how she fought to keep our state parks open for everyone, and commits to continue to do the same as Fifth District County Supervisor.

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