Bay Area County and City Elected Leadership Changes

Dec. 10, 2016

Elections in the Bay Area’s Counties and Cities have their mark on the local landscape.

Bay Area County Leadership Changes

One new supervisor each will begin a term with their respective Board of Supervisors for San Mateo, Contra Costa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties:

  • Daly City Vice Mayor David Canepa will replace Supervisor Adrienne Tissier, the author of the County’s version of drug take back legislation, from a district representing northern San Mateo, including parts of South San Francisco, following a changeover from county-wide to district-specific voting.
  • East Bay Regional Park District Board Member Diane Burgin will replace Supervisor Mary Piepho who previously promoted take back legislation for the County.
  • North Marin Water District Director Dennis Rodoni won the election to replace the moderate Supervisor Steve Kinsey who had backed a more conservative candidate for the seat.
  • Organic farmer Lynda Hopkins beat out former Senator Noreen Evans for an open seat in Sonoma County with the support of business, wine, and farmer interests in the County.

Four new faces will join the 11-member San Francisco Board of Supervisors come January. Three (Sandra Lee Fewer, Hilary Rosen, and Asha Safai) won their district elections. A fourth currently-unknown supervisor will be appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in January to fill the seat of Scott Wiener who was recently sworn-in as a new state Senator.

Bay Area City Leadership Changes

Tom Bates has retired following 14 years as Berkeley’s mayor, 20 years in the state Assembly, and 4 years on the Alameda Board of Supervisors. He is married to current state Senator Loni Hancock who has also spent a lifetime representing the City. Mayor-elect Jesse Arreguine ran to the left of Bates and Hancock and will bring a new dynamic to the City government.

The City of South San Francisco has its City Council elections in the odd numbered years, however, they reorganize each year. Dr. Pradeep Gupta of the SSF City Council was sworn-in as the City’s new Mayor in early December. Mayor Gupta has been a leading advocate of STEM education proposals within the City. Councilwoman Liza Normandy will now serve as the Vice Mayor.

For questions or further information on local elections and politics in the Bay Area, and throughout the state of California, contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Director of Local Government and Community Relations at