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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

Sonoma CountyCandidate for Superintendent of Schools

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Steven D. Herrington

County Superintendent of Schools
90,967 votes (98.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Be a support service center to the school districts/education community of Sonoma County.
  • Foster partnerships that strengthen educational opportunities for all students.
  • Build and maintain an internal organizational culture that supports best practices.



Profession:Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools
County Superintendent of Schools, Sonoma County Office of Education (2010–current)
County Superintendent of Schools, Sonoma County Office of Education — Elected position (2010–current)


Whittier College BA, Political Science and International Relations (not availa)
Sacramento State University MA, Educational Leadership and Administration (not availa)
Madison University PhD, Educational Leadership (2000)

Community Activities

Chief Administrative Offer, Sonoma County Office of Education (2010–current)


Steven D. Herrington, Ph.D., was elected Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools in 2010. He took office on January 3, 2011, and began a second term in office on January 2, 2015. He is a native Californian who began his career in education as a history teacher. He served as superintendent for three Northern California school districts. In these positions, he gained experience in rural, suburban, and urban settings. He has led educational services for students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Prior to his election, he was superintendent of Windsor Unified School District.

Dr. Herrington is a Vietnam Era veteran who served in the United States Army and National Guard. He is a recent widower and lives in Windsor. He has two grown children, both graduates of California public schools and its university system. His daughter is a project director supporting charter school teachers for the North Coast Teacher Induction Program in the east bay. His son works as an account manager for a technology company in Cupertino.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (2)

  • California Democratic Central Committee
  • Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

Elected Officials (8)

  • State Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry
  • State Assemblymember Marc Levine
  • State Assemblymember Jim Wood
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • Congressman Jared Huffman
  • Congressman Mike Thompson
  • Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Steve Herrington has served as County Superintendent for eight years. During that time he has made sure the County Office of Education has provided quality service to school districts within Sonoma County. The Sonoma County Office of Education is a non-partisan office, but Dr. Herrington has reinforced equity education through equal access and opportunity, promoting the teaching profession and ensuring financial stability of all districts.

Videos (3)

Thank You Message to Educators After the Fire — May 2, 2018 Sonoma County Office of Education

In this audio message recorded for radio, Dr. Herrington acknowledges the devastation of the North Bay Firestorm on the community and thanks educators for their dedicated efforts to serve students despite personal hardship.

SCOE Podcast: Helping Children Recover from a Crisis | March 2018 — May 2, 2018 Sonoma County Office of Education

In this podcast, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools Steve Herrington talks with school psychologist Mary Champion about how to help children recover from a traumatic event, such as the fires that devastated Sonoma County, or any other crisis. The podcast includes: Warning signs for trauma, simple steps adults can take to help, and how adults can care for themselves during difficult times.

Teacher Shortage and Affordable Housing — May 2, 2018 Sonoma County Office of Education

In this podcast by the Sonoma County Office of Education, Sonoma County Superintendent of Schools Steve Herrington interviews Dev Goetschius, executive director of the Housing Land Trust of Sonoma County, about the nonprofit organization's efforts to provide affordable home ownership for local teachers.

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