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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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Sonoma County Junior College DistrictCandidate for Board Member, Sonoma Area

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Jeff Kunde

Incumbent
18,615 votes (66.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • 1. Sound Financial Planning now and for the future
  • 2. Ensure we get the most from our investment for our students and the school.
  • 3. Provide the very best and brightest educators for the students, and provide strong leadership.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Agriculturist / Businessman
Chairman of the Board Kunde Family Winery, Kunde Family Winery (1978–current)
Chairman of The Board, Kunde Family Winery, Kunde Family Winery (1978–current)
SRJC Board of Trustees, SRJC — Elected position (2006–current)
Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustee, Santa Rosa Junior Colleger District #1 — Elected position (2006–current)

Education

Chic State University BA CSUC, General Agriculture (1978)
Chico State University BA CSUC, Agriculture/Business (1978)

Community Activities

Over the years Numerous Community and State Board, member, Ca Wine Institute, Sonoma County Grape Growers, Sonoma County Visitors and Convention Board, Sonoma County Wineries Assn, Farm Bureau, (1990–current)

Biography

As a fourth Generation Sonoma Valley rancher, viticulturist and businessman, Jeff Kunde has a personal commitment to Sonoma Valley. Generations of the Kunde family have lived in this area for more than 114 years and built Kunde Family Winery, where Jeff serves as Chairman of the Board. Jeff has helped build Kunde wines into a nationally recognized brand, known throughout the industry for quality, sustainable practices and family. 

Jeff has been married for 33 years to his lovely wife Roberta. They have raised three children, Jared, Jenna and Jordan, who all work in the wine industry, from sales to farming. 

Jeff has experienced firsthand the many ways in which Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) helps shape the futures of so many Sonoma County residents. He graduated from SRJC himself, prior to going on to California State University, Chico. All three of his children have also attended SRJC and Jeff says that he feels his family’s history is deeply connected to SRJC.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Mike Thompson, Member of Congress Jared Huffman, Member of Congress Bill Dodd, State Senator Susan Gorin, 1st Distric
  • David Rabbitt, 2nd District Supervisor Shirlee Zane, 3rd District Supervisor James Gore, 4th District Supervisor Lynd
  • Rick Call, Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees (ret.) Kathleen Doyle, Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Truste

Organizations (1)

  • North Bay Leadership Council North Coast Builders Exchange Santa Rosa Metro Chamber PAC Sonoma County Alliance

Elected Officials (4)

  • Lynda Hopkins, 5th District Supervisor Terry Lindley, Santa Rosa Junior College Board of Trustees Bob Burdo, Santa Ros
  • Jenni Klose, Santa Rosa City Schools, Board President Bill Carle, Santa Rosa City Schools, Board Vice-President Madolyn
  • David Cook, Sonoma City Council Member Gary Edwards, Sonoma City Council Member Ernesto Olivares, Santa Rosa City Cou
  • John Sawyer, Santa Rosa City Council Member Tom Schwedhelm, Santa Rosa City Council Member Jack Tibbitts, Santa Rosa C

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a 12-year member of the SRJC Board of Trustees, fourth generation Sonoma Valley resident, and SRJC graduate himself, Jeff knows firsthand SRJC’s importance to our community. He is committed to maintaining SRJC as one of the premier community colleges in California.

 

As a businessman, Jeff understands the importance of sound financial planning and sustainable business practices. Jeff is using these skills to meet changing student needs, while overseeing a successful implementation of Measure H bond funds to build the best facilities for SRJC's future.

 

Jeff also recognizes that an organization’s greatest assets are its employees and he wants to ensure the college continues to employ and retain the finest possible faculty and staff.

 

Continuing to serve SRJC and our community as your Trustee is one way for Jeff to thank SRJC for all they’ve done for his entire family. His dedication and commitment to the college and the community is best served by re-electing Jeff Kunde to the SRJC Board of Trustees.

 

Position Papers

Roots Run Deep

Summary

A backgound into  to Jeff Kunde, his History and his connection the Santa Rosa Junior College

As a fourth Generation Sonoma Valley rancher, viticulturist and businessman, Jeff Kunde has a personal commitment to Sonoma Valley. Generations of the Kunde family have lived in this area for more than 114 years and built Kunde Family Winery, where Jeff serves as Chairman of the Board. Jeff has helped build Kunde wines into a nationally recognized brand, known throughout the industry for quality, sustainable practices and family. 

Jeff has been married for 33 years to his lovely wife Roberta. They have raised three children, Jared, Jenna and Jordan, who all work in the wine industry, from sales to farming. 

Jeff has experienced firsthand the many ways in which Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) helps shape the futures of so many Sonoma County residents. He graduated from SRJC himself, prior to going on to California State University, Chico. All three of his children have also attended SRJC and Jeff says that he feels his family’s history is deeply connected to SRJC.

“As a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College, I know from experience that SRJC helps jumpstart careers and that the continuing education it offers enriches all the people of our diverse community. It certainly did for me and for each of my three children, who I’m proud to say have all been SRJC Bearcubs. I see serving as a Trustee as my personal way of paying forward the wonderful opportunities that SRJC provided for my family and myself. I would appreciate your trust and your vote.”

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