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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of HealdsburgCandidate for City Council

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Leah Gold

3,055 votes (36.7%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Take a pause in the current boom of hotel construction: we have increased our number of rooms by 45% just this year. If we continue at this rate, it will negatively impact residents' quality of life and also the visitor experience.
  • Affordable and middle-income housing: we need to house people who want to live here and contribute to our community, not become a city of beautiful vacant homes occasionally visited by their super-wealthy owners.
  • Expand and improve access to our open space preserves and the Russian River, connect these resources, and create off-road bicycle paths in surrounding agricultural valleys.



I have a Master's degree in Education from San Francisco State University, with a concentration in Instructional Technology. For 30 years I ran my own consulting business, Learner Centric. I created instructional media for corporations and non-profits across a broad range of topics and audiences, from the sales and operatonal staff of technology companies to social workers and law enforcement personnel. This honed my skills at reviewing quantities of new information, gleaning the most important data, and explaining it clearly and concisely to others. This has served me well in my role on the City Council. I also developed useful facilitative, team leadership, and project management skills.

I left San Francisco for Healdsburg in 1992 with my husband and young son. I soon felt that Healdsburg was truly my home, more so than any other place I’d lived. But I was concerned about the threat of sprawl development, which I’d watched transform the rural area north of Seattle where I grew up. I got together with other residents to develop Healdsburg’s pioneering Urban Growth Boundary initiative, which passed overwhelmingly in 1996 and was renewed in 2014. It became a model for other cities in Sonoma County who wanted to protect agricultural land and preserve the character of their cities.

I went on to serve on the City Council from 2000 through 2004, and as Mayor in 2003. The voters returned me to the Council in a special election in 2017. I am committed to doing all I can to maintain what makes Healdsburg such a safe, attractive, and welcoming community, and expand cultural and recreational opportunities for residents.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sonoma County Democratic Party
  • Sonoma County Conservation Action
  • The Sierra Club

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a lifelong, active Democrat, and my political priorities align neatly with those expressed in the California Democratic Party Platform. City Council is, however, a non-partisan position, and I often find that Republican and independent voters are equally likely as Democrats to share my concerns and back my positions on city issues.

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