The deadline has passed to run in the Solano County local elections, and the Vacaville and Dixon races appear to feature a mix of current and new faces as well as former officials seeking to reclaim their seats.
For the Vacaville mayoral race, incumbent Ron Rowlett previously announced he would not seek another term, but voters will have three choices to succeed him: former police chief John Carli, life coach Joe Green and Vice Mayor Jason Roberts.
The District 2 City Council seat will be a rematch between two of the three candidates from last year’s special election: incumbent Councilor Greg Ritchie and Director of Emergency Management Joe Desmarais.
District 4 will have three candidates vying for the seat vacated by Councilman Nolan Sullivan who was recently named Yolo County Health and Human Services Director. The candidates for this race are Solano Community College Board Trustee Sarah Chapman, real estate agent Kristen Navarro and business owner and pastor Christian Scott. Jason Castle also pulled papers but didn’t finish them by the deadline.
Councilman Jeanette Wylie, who was first elected to a two-year term in 2020 after District 6 was created, is seeking election to a full term. However, she will have three challengers: former councilman Raymond Beaty, former city employee Tapac Chastain and business coach and former Assembly staffer Jennifer House.
Dixon will have two City Council races on the ballot with two races for each seat. Due to the redistricting, Councilman Jim Ernest and Vice Mayor Scott Pederson, who currently represent Districts 2 and 1 respectively, will switch seats to run in Districts 1 and 2 respectively. Ernest will face former Councilman Michael Ceremello and Pederson will run against former Mayor Thom Bogue. Former Councilman Ted Hickman withdrew papers to run in District 2 but did not file. Outgoing city clerk Kristin Janisch will run for a full term, thwarting a potential challenge by city clerk named Lupe Ruiz, who has not completed the paperwork.
Vacaville school board trustees John Jansen and Santiago Serrato will run for additional terms because no one has filed against them. However, there will be a small contest for the Zone 1 seat currently held by Administrator Shelley Dally, who is not seeking re-election. Teacher Nancy Dunn will compete against young mentor Jacqui Nguyen.
In Dixon, where school board nominees are still elected at-large rather than by district, the race is close. Chair Caitlin O’Halloran did not seek another term, but outgoing directors Jewel Fink and Lloyd McCabe did, as did independent insurance agent Ian Arnold; Julian Cuevas, director of policy and government affairs for the Inland Empire Community Foundation and former director of government affairs for the California Department of Education; and former administrator John Gabby.
A few communities will also have ballot metrics to vote on. Voters in Dixon will consider Measure D, a one-cent sales tax to provide about $3.1 million a year to help with fire prevention, rapid 911 emergency response, patrols neighborhood policing, disaster preparedness, street and pothole repair, local job attraction and retention, crime and drug prevention, and general government use.
The Vacaville and Travis school districts will have separate bonding measures on the ballot. Vacaville’s initiative, Mesure Q, aims to issue general obligation bonds. Travis also offers a bond known as Measure M to repair aging buildings and equip classrooms and labs with 21st century technology, among other things.
For information on all Solano County elections, go to Solanocounty.com/depts/rov/.