Woodland Daily Democrat Endorses Kennedy or Provenza for Yolo County Supervisor

The Woodland Daily Democrat came out with their endorsements for County Supervisor yesterday. Not surprisingly they endorsed incumbent Supervisor Duane Chamberlain for a second term. Duane Chamberlain is someone we rarely talk about, but there is no stronger defender of farmers and agricultural land on the board than Mr. Chamberlain. He is a man of integrity whether you agree with him on a current issue or you disagree with him. Chamberlain is running against the largely unknown Mel Smith. This does not figure to be much of a race.

The more surprising endorsement was in the 4th Supervisorial race where the seat is open and the race is wide open. There are three candidates vying for that seat–Jim Provenza, Cathy Kennedy, and John Ferrera.

Jim Provenza has locked down the endorsement of the Sacramento Bee. John Ferrera has the endorsement of the Davis Enterprise. And Cathy Kennedy who is largely unknown has secured some impressive endorsements including Duane Chamberlain. She also has the Davis Police Officer’s Association, District Attorney Jeff Reisig, and the Yolo County Sheriff’s Deputy Association.

In this race the Woodland Daily Democrat surprisingly chose both Jim Provenza and Cathy Kennedy.

“In this Davis district, the choices are difficult. Both Provenza and Kennedy are the more appealing candidates in our opinion. Provenza has experience on the Davis School Board, a difficult job in and of itself.

Kennedy, however, is a single mother who grew up in poverty, worked her way through school, and has become successful in the business world. In many ways it would be good to have such a representative from Davis.

We think either Provenza or Kennedy would be a good fit on the Board of Supervisors. Both are experienced in their own right.”

I am not certain I like their rationale for endorsing Ms. Kennedy especially the part where they said, “In many ways it would be good to have such a representative from Davis” referring either to her business background or the fact that she is a former single mother. I will say however, that she is much more impressive than I expected her to be. And while at this point she still rates as a long shot, I hope that she decides to stay involved in government and the community because she does offer a very different perspective from others in this race.

The Daily Democrat endorsement is probably not going to have a huge impact on this race. The most interesting aspect of it was the fact that they endorsed either Provenza or Kennedy in the race. That leaves John Ferrera. I am not sure if I am more surprised that John Ferrera is the odd person out or that they endorsed Jim Provenza.

This is one where it might be interesting to hear. After all, the conservative Woodland paper not choosing the chief of staff to the chairman of the state Senate budget committee might not be all that shocking except for the fact that Provenza’s job is not all that different in the eyes of the Democrat–a lobbyist for the Los Angeles district attorney. Then again, Provenza has experience on the Davis School Board and a strong record there which may overshadow his profession in their eyes.

This is one where it might be curious to know what the thinking was.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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  • David Greenwald

    Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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  1. It is not that she is more or less a Republican, it is that she was a Republican until she decided to run for the Supervisorial seat.

    She has a dynamic personal stort, but in her comments when she first decided to run she said she is not comfortable with what appears to be the prevailng ideaology of most of the elected officials in Yolo Conty.

  2. It is not that she is more or less a Republican, it is that she was a Republican until she decided to run for the Supervisorial seat.

    She has a dynamic personal stort, but in her comments when she first decided to run she said she is not comfortable with what appears to be the prevailng ideaology of most of the elected officials in Yolo Conty.

  3. It is not that she is more or less a Republican, it is that she was a Republican until she decided to run for the Supervisorial seat.

    She has a dynamic personal stort, but in her comments when she first decided to run she said she is not comfortable with what appears to be the prevailng ideaology of most of the elected officials in Yolo Conty.

  4. It is not that she is more or less a Republican, it is that she was a Republican until she decided to run for the Supervisorial seat.

    She has a dynamic personal stort, but in her comments when she first decided to run she said she is not comfortable with what appears to be the prevailng ideaology of most of the elected officials in Yolo Conty.

  5. We get a Republican (or ‘former’) representing District 4, and it will be 3-2 votes against the environment, with Rexroad leading the pack.
    Provenza or Ferrera, thank you very much, not Kennedy!

  6. We get a Republican (or ‘former’) representing District 4, and it will be 3-2 votes against the environment, with Rexroad leading the pack.
    Provenza or Ferrera, thank you very much, not Kennedy!

  7. We get a Republican (or ‘former’) representing District 4, and it will be 3-2 votes against the environment, with Rexroad leading the pack.
    Provenza or Ferrera, thank you very much, not Kennedy!

  8. We get a Republican (or ‘former’) representing District 4, and it will be 3-2 votes against the environment, with Rexroad leading the pack.
    Provenza or Ferrera, thank you very much, not Kennedy!

  9. In that same statement, officials at the DA’s Office reiterated their belief that Gore’s public accusations were in part orchestrated by former deputy DA Patricia Lenzi.

    Lenzi ran an unsuccessful and, at times, bitterly worded campaign against Reisig in 2004.

    DA investigator Peter Martin said in a prepared statement that Lenzi called him the evening before the allegations were made public to “discuss” Gore’s letter, which he characterized as an effort to “undermine” and “embarrass” the District Attorney’s Office, which employs nearly 120 people and handles around 8,000 cases annually.

    “I was quite shocked to discover that Pat Lenzi was actively involved with Mr. Gore in pursuing these accusations,” Martin said in the statement. “I thought she had moved on with her life after losing the election and resigning from the District Attorney’s Office in 2006.”

    This is a form of political projection. This is how Reisig and his supporters do things, orchestrating leaks of information to the media, as they did with the Buzayan case with the Enterprise, so they just naturally assume everyone else conducts themselves in a similar, disreputable fashion.

    –Richard Estes

  10. In that same statement, officials at the DA’s Office reiterated their belief that Gore’s public accusations were in part orchestrated by former deputy DA Patricia Lenzi.

    Lenzi ran an unsuccessful and, at times, bitterly worded campaign against Reisig in 2004.

    DA investigator Peter Martin said in a prepared statement that Lenzi called him the evening before the allegations were made public to “discuss” Gore’s letter, which he characterized as an effort to “undermine” and “embarrass” the District Attorney’s Office, which employs nearly 120 people and handles around 8,000 cases annually.

    “I was quite shocked to discover that Pat Lenzi was actively involved with Mr. Gore in pursuing these accusations,” Martin said in the statement. “I thought she had moved on with her life after losing the election and resigning from the District Attorney’s Office in 2006.”

    This is a form of political projection. This is how Reisig and his supporters do things, orchestrating leaks of information to the media, as they did with the Buzayan case with the Enterprise, so they just naturally assume everyone else conducts themselves in a similar, disreputable fashion.

    –Richard Estes

  11. In that same statement, officials at the DA’s Office reiterated their belief that Gore’s public accusations were in part orchestrated by former deputy DA Patricia Lenzi.

    Lenzi ran an unsuccessful and, at times, bitterly worded campaign against Reisig in 2004.

    DA investigator Peter Martin said in a prepared statement that Lenzi called him the evening before the allegations were made public to “discuss” Gore’s letter, which he characterized as an effort to “undermine” and “embarrass” the District Attorney’s Office, which employs nearly 120 people and handles around 8,000 cases annually.

    “I was quite shocked to discover that Pat Lenzi was actively involved with Mr. Gore in pursuing these accusations,” Martin said in the statement. “I thought she had moved on with her life after losing the election and resigning from the District Attorney’s Office in 2006.”

    This is a form of political projection. This is how Reisig and his supporters do things, orchestrating leaks of information to the media, as they did with the Buzayan case with the Enterprise, so they just naturally assume everyone else conducts themselves in a similar, disreputable fashion.

    –Richard Estes

  12. In that same statement, officials at the DA’s Office reiterated their belief that Gore’s public accusations were in part orchestrated by former deputy DA Patricia Lenzi.

    Lenzi ran an unsuccessful and, at times, bitterly worded campaign against Reisig in 2004.

    DA investigator Peter Martin said in a prepared statement that Lenzi called him the evening before the allegations were made public to “discuss” Gore’s letter, which he characterized as an effort to “undermine” and “embarrass” the District Attorney’s Office, which employs nearly 120 people and handles around 8,000 cases annually.

    “I was quite shocked to discover that Pat Lenzi was actively involved with Mr. Gore in pursuing these accusations,” Martin said in the statement. “I thought she had moved on with her life after losing the election and resigning from the District Attorney’s Office in 2006.”

    This is a form of political projection. This is how Reisig and his supporters do things, orchestrating leaks of information to the media, as they did with the Buzayan case with the Enterprise, so they just naturally assume everyone else conducts themselves in a similar, disreputable fashion.

    –Richard Estes

  13. DPD,
    Just read your blog on Kennedy. She was more impressive than you had judged her to be without ever meeting her? What does that say about you?
    I have met you and Cecilia at the Framer’s Market. I did not have any pre-conceived notions about either one of you. I was’nt impressed postively with either one of you.

  14. DPD,
    Just read your blog on Kennedy. She was more impressive than you had judged her to be without ever meeting her? What does that say about you?
    I have met you and Cecilia at the Framer’s Market. I did not have any pre-conceived notions about either one of you. I was’nt impressed postively with either one of you.

  15. DPD,
    Just read your blog on Kennedy. She was more impressive than you had judged her to be without ever meeting her? What does that say about you?
    I have met you and Cecilia at the Framer’s Market. I did not have any pre-conceived notions about either one of you. I was’nt impressed postively with either one of you.

  16. DPD,
    Just read your blog on Kennedy. She was more impressive than you had judged her to be without ever meeting her? What does that say about you?
    I have met you and Cecilia at the Framer’s Market. I did not have any pre-conceived notions about either one of you. I was’nt impressed postively with either one of you.

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