Vote California

The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free event at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the public to meet local candidates who are running in the March 3 primary election.

All of the candidates running for county supervisor in districts 1, 4, and 5, Superior Court judge, and the Sonora City Council are expected to be at the event, which will be held in the Board of Supervisors’ chambers on the fourth floor of the County Administration Center, 2 S. Green St., Sonora. 

Candidates will answer questions from the chamber and submitted by members of the public prior to the event. The judicial candidates will go first, followed by the city council and county supervisor races.

The questions will be randomly selected by a panel comprised of Margaret Davis, president of the chambers board, Lyn Riddle, editor of The Union Democrat, and Dave Souther, chairman of the chamber’s Government Affairs Committee.

Candice Kendall, the chamber’s executive director, said people can still submit questions online, via email or bring them in writing before the event begins.

Kendall said people are allowed to bring or wear campaign materials. 

There had been questions about whether campaign materials would be prohibited because a vote center is located on the first floor of the County Administration Center, but the rule only applies during business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Judicial candidates are Tuolumne County District Attorney Laura Krieg and private attorney David Beyersdorf.

City Council candidates are incumbent Councilwoman Connie Williams, incumbent Councilman Matt Hawkins, incumbent Councilman Mark Plummer, and challenger Ann Segerstrom.

District 1 supervisor candidates are incumbent County Supervisor Sherri Brennan and challengers David Goldemberg and Sonora Mayor Jim Garaventa.

District 4 supervisor candidates are Kathleen Haff and Dameion Renault.

District 5 supervisor candidates are incumbent County Supervisor Karl Rodefer and challengers Jaron Brandon and Mike Suess.

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Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 588-4530.


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