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Tuolumne County candidates in Tuesday’s primary election are days away from finding out if their efforts over the past few months have paid off.

Results will start being released after polls close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday in races for Superior Court judge, Sonora City Council, and potentially county supervisor of districts 1, 4, and 5.

County supervisor races will be decided if one candidate ends with more than 50 percent of the vote, otherwise the top-two finishers will advance to a runoff in the Nov. 3 general election.

In the meantime, The Union Democrat asked each of the 14 local candidates to share their favorite moment on the campaign trail and what they’ve learned.

The answers from the candidates varied, but one common theme emerged — the people in the community they’ve met and interacted with along the way.

Read this story in Friday's Union Democrat.


District 1 County Supervisor


Campaign nears an end

District 1 - Sherri Brennan

Sherri Brennan

Age: 60

Town: Sonora

Occupation: Incumbent District 1 County Supervisor

Family: Husband, Bob, and children Nolan Brennan and Kendra Brown, son-in-law, Drew Brown, and grandchildren Cooper and Jack

Education: Bachelor of science in animal science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Last book read: “Ronald Reagan: Quotes & Quips” edited by David Stanford Burr


Campaign nears an end

District 1 - David Goldemberg

David Goldemberg

Age: 65

Town: Sonora

Occupation: Retired firefighter

Family: Wife, Linda, and son, Tyler, 35, and grandson, Ezra

Education: Some college

Last book read: A Tom Clancy novel


Campaign nears an end

District 1 - Jim Garaventa

Jim Garaventa

Age: 57

Town: Sonora

Occupation: Sonora mayor, videographer for Access Tuolumne, customer service associate at Lowe’s

Family: Not married. Girlfriend, Dawn Warfield

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history at the University of California, Davis

Last book read: Probably something political or historical. I tend to do research and look up certain sections of a book.


District 4 County Supervisor

Campaign nears an end

District 4 - Kathleen Haff


Kathleen Haff

Age: 66

Town: East Sonora

Occupation: Retired senior analyst for Tuolumne County

Family: Husband, Bob, and two children: Austen Rustrum, 39, of Portland, and Chelsea Rustrum, 37, living in Europe

Education: Bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from San Jose State University

Last book read: “A Mind at Home with Itself” by Byron Katie

Campaign nears an end

District 4 - Dameion Renault


Dameion Renault

Age: 43

Town: Groveland

Occupation: Teacher

Family: Wife, Mindy, and three children: Josh, 27, George, 11, and Autumn, 8

Education: Master’s degree in psychology from University of Phoenix

Last book read: A Philosopher’s Notes by Brian Johnson


District 5 County Supervisor


Campaign nears an end

District 5 - Jaron Brandon

Jaron Brandon

Age: 28

Town: Jamestown

Occupation: Small business manager, Live Oak Music in East Sonora

Family: Single, no children, but looking for a place to settle down

Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science and government from the University of California, Merced

Last book read: “Rural by Design” by Randall Arendt

Campaign nears an end

District 5 - Karl Rodefer


Karl Rodefer

Age: 69

Town: Columbia    

Occupation: Incumbent District 5 County Supervisor    

Family: Wife, Jo Rodefer; sister, Katrina Arabaci

Education: Bachelor of science, engineering, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1972; Master of Arts, government, New Mexico State University, 1981

Last book read:  "Team of Teams" by Stanley McChrystal


Campaign nears an end

District 5 - Mike Suess

Mike Suess

Age: 43

Town: Columbia

Occupation: Insurance broker, owner

Family: Wife, McKenzie, and three daughters: McKynlie, Maddyn, and Maylone.

Education: Associate’s degree in liberal arts from Columbia College

Last book read: 2019-2020 CIF rulebook for high school softball


Superior Court judge


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Judge - David Beyersdorf

David Beyersdorf

Age: 49

Town: Soulsbyville

Occupation: Attorney

Family: Wife, Mao, and two children: Nicholas, 22 and Lily, 11

Education: Bachelor’s degree in social science from University of Washington, juris doctorate from Seattle University School of Law.

Last book read: “The Famished Road” by Ben Okri


Campaign nears an end

Judge - Laura Krieg

Laura Krieg

Age: 43

Town: Sonora

Occupation: Tuolumne County District Attorney

Family: Husband, David, son, Zachary, 8, and two stepsons: Kolten, 27 and Tanner, 25

Education: Bachelor of arts degree in political science from University of California, Berkeley, juris doctorate from University of Notre Dame. 

Last book read: “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow


Sonora City Council 

Campaign nears an end

Sonora City Council candidates


Matt Hawkins

Age: 40

Town: Sonora

Occupation: Incumbent, receiving and inspection at Sandvik Thermal Process in East Sonora

Family: Wife, Chelsea, and six children: Sophie, 6, Wyatt, 8, Julianna, 9, Zachary, 11, Benjamin, 13, and Nathan, 16

Education: Some college

Last book read: The Bible


Mark Plummer

Age: 59

Town: Sonora

Occupation: Incumbent, timber faller, business owner 

Family: Wife, Chantal, and two daughters: Olivia, 25, and Chloe, 20

Education: Some college

Last book read: The Iliad by Homer


Ann Segerstrom

Age: 71

Town: Sonora

Occupation: Retired marketing consultant

Family: Single

Education: Bachelor of arts degree in business management from California State University

Last book read: “The Wake” by Paul Kingsnorth 


Connie Williams

Age: 73

Town: Sonora 

Occupation: Incumbent, retired

Family: Husband, John, one son, three stepsons, and six grandchildren

Education: High school

Last book read: The Wall Street Journal


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