There are four Santa Rosa city council seats up for election in November. On Monday, the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce hosted a virtual get-to-know-the-candidates session.
City councilwoman Dianna MacDonald and former councilwoman Veronica Jacobi did not participate, although they are in the race and on the ballot.
For the other seven candidates, housing affordability, economic development and homelessness figured large in the nearly two hour event. Candidates mainly focused on distinguishing themselves, touting experience, endorsements and vision. Here's a sampling of some of the comments....
Sonoma State fundraiser Mark Stapp will face SSU political science major Mason Rossiter in district 2, Coffey Strong organizerJeff Okrepkie is challenging former councilwoman Veronica Jacobi in district six, incumbent Victoria Fleming, in district four, faces three challengers---former firefighter Terry Sanders, psychologist Shari Shamsavari, and accountant Henry Huang. Incumbent Dianna MacDonald is running unopposed in district three.