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Chesbro will run in 2012

[Press release]

Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro announced today he will seek re-election to the State Assembly in the new North Coast District – District 2.

Chesbro announced his intentions today at a pair of Labor Day gatherings in the District: The North Bay Labor Council’s Annual Pancake Breakfast in Santa Rosa and the Mendocino County Democrats’ Annual Labor Day Picnic in Redwood Valley.

“It has been my honor to serve the residents of the North Coast and if I am able to earn their votes again in 2012, I will continue to work hard for them as their representative in the Second Assembly District,” Chesbro said. “I will continue to fight for working families, rural communities and small businesses and to protect public education, child care, law enforcement and access to affordable health care, as I have throughout my service in the Legislature.”

This year the California Redistricting Commission redrew the state’s political districts for the Assembly, State Senate and Congress. The new 2nd Assembly District is close to the the current 1st Assembly District, encompassing the North Coast counties of Del Norte, Humboldt and Mendocino, plus Trinity County and a portion of Sonoma County. The new Assembly districts take effect for the 2012 election.

Chesbro has represented the North Coast in the 1st Assembly District since winning election to the seat in 2008. Previously, Chesbro represented the North Coast in the State Senate from 1998 to 2006.

  1. September 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Man he is quite the political juggernaut!

  2. Osprey
    September 5, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    yea……?

  3. Osprey
    September 5, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    …ONLY as long as John Woolley stays on as his hard-hitting ‘staffer in the field”! “NCRA?…what’s wrong with the NCRA?”…..yippee…Hauser redux.

  4. Anonymous
    September 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    What else can the bum do ? He’s never had a job in his life.

  5. SNaFU
    September 6, 2011 at 3:12 am

    The reason congressmen try so hard to get re-elected is that they would hate to have to make a living under the laws they’ve passed.

  6. 06em
    September 6, 2011 at 6:05 am

    That’s right, 10:50 and SNaFU, our elected officials have super easy jobs and are lazy to boot. It’s brilliant analysis like that – promulgated by the lapdogs of the super rich who are most interested in keeping the congress they bought in power – that has landed us where we are. Now lets all grab a three-corner hat and a misspelled sign and git ‘er done.

  7. Sarcasm
    September 6, 2011 at 6:13 am

    SHOCKER!!

  8. Anonymous
    September 6, 2011 at 7:02 am

    06em,
    Are you suggesting they are doing a good job?

  9. 06em
    September 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    No. I’m suggesting they are doing a hard job – and when we vote for the “shrink the gub’mint” “taxed enough already” obstructionist pols, we make the jobs of the good guys harder. And yes, I think Wes is one of the good guys.

  10. claudiarose
    September 6, 2011 at 8:45 am

    Wes is and always has been one of the good guys.

  11. Not A Native
    September 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

    I agree Wes represents HumCo well.

    But I hope he’ll support railbanking for the NCRA. Hiring Wooley looked a little like political payback. Wooley lost his political supporters over his position on railbanking and Chesbro will too. Chesbro should be concerned to create a better legacy than Wooley and Hauser.

  12. September 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

    …ONLY as long as John Woolley stays on as his hard-hitting ‘staffer in the field”!

    Serious? Woolley has run so much grant money through Manila, unchecked, twenty years of stripping vegetation from a coastline has left Manila with blown-out fore dunes, exposed pipe-line, dead forest and an aquifer shot to shit.
    Yes, I voted for this guy. I believed him, never again.
    Hard hitting staffer in the field? Crack me up.. Get him to even visit the ‘field’ where he directs our enviro monies- the Manila Overlook,
    he won’t even go there, ancient dune forms destroyed, trees dead and wasting process begun. Chesbro would be wise to drop Woolley before the State and Feds start a critique of wetland expenditures, someone will have to answer as to why money spent to preserve wetlands has instead depleted our aquifer. Sick, doesn’t quite cover it.

  13. Not A Native
    September 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Actually Jared Huffman the current assembly rep, from Marin looks pretty good. Wonder where he stands on railbanking…..?

  14. High Finance
    September 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Did anyone think Chesboro was going to get a real job or is even qualified for one ?

    Only in California can anyone contribute to the financial devastation and ruin to our state and be assured he will be re-elected.

  15. Somewhat friendly
    September 6, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Cheesbro’ is a joke. Won’t show up to anything remotely controversial. Try it. You won’t like it. He was on the finance committee for a couple of years. Great job, dude. When he coudn’t get elected due to term limits and steppin’ on toes, he got himself appointed to the California Waste Management thing and got to suck yet more money from the taxpayers by doing just about NOTHING. He is personable, friendly and nice. So what.

  16. Anonymous
    September 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Known Chesbro from his first day in Humboldt. He is and always has been lazy,selfish,and willing to show up for a photo op anytime someone else has done all the work. He never turmed down free food or pot. When he talks it’s fpr one reason. His own benifit. Chesbro has done well for himself as Cali has went straight in the shitter.

  17. William Verick
    September 6, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Chesbro was really the only serious competition for Jared Huffman to represent the new, elongated, North Coast in D.C. As much as I agree with Normon Solomon, I can live with Huffman in Congress. He’s been a progressive voice in Sacramento and did a great job when he worked for NRDC.

    What’s poor John Driscoll going to do? Move to St. Helena? Wesley might have hired him, but I doubt Huffman will.

    Perhaps if the local “newspaper” hires him back a few people will actually pay to read the paper on-line. But I doubt it.

  18. a non
    September 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    5:00 pm, I agree.

    What would Wesley do for a living, were we to push him off the public tit?

    Work at the recycling center? Time to cycle some new blood and ideas in and get old lazy Chesbro out.

  19. jr
    September 6, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Wes would probably run for a seat on the Arcata City Council and rejoin Alex. And then would Dan be far behind? The 70s revisited!
    Raise your hands if you remember “Stop At Four”.

  20. 06em
    September 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    The virulence and uniformity of the last four anti-Chesbro comments is somewhat odd for this blog. Smells a little sock-puppety to me — like a staffer for an opponent is working OT?

  21. Anonymous
    September 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Wes has represented our district well and I have eye witnessed his hands on lobbying for the good of our community. I am surprised that people are attacking on this blog. Now his field reps? Not real happy with them.

  22. William Verick
    September 7, 2011 at 9:04 am

    If it appeared that I was criticizing Wes Chebro, I didn’t intend to. Wes is and has been a fairly effective representative of this District. By the standards of Sacramento he isn’t corrupt. He picks his issues and has a track record of turning many of them into law. Wes is an Arcata business liberal with all the attendant limitations. The District could do a lot worse, and it has.

    Wes hews the Party line and submits to Party discipline, as it is. Sometimes this means voting for or moving something creepy or corrupt that someone like Doug Bosco, Darius Anderson or Don Perata wants, but that’s the way Sacramento works and to refuse means that you are isolated and retaliated against. You can grandstand a la Dennis Kucinich for a couple of terms and get nothing done. And when you’re term-limited out of office you for sure will never get appointed to a plum well paying do-practically-nothing job the Speaker gets to dole out.

    I never cared much for Kucinich-style politics-as-a-fashion- statement.

    Sacramento is a corrupt place, but Wes doesn’t bear much responsibility for it being that way. He plays the game minimally and, to my knowledge, isn’t one of the ring leaders. As a result, he gets things done for the district.

    Legislating in Sacramento a dirty disgusting job and — until the Revolution — somebody has to do it. I’m just glad it isn’t me.

  23. High Finance
    September 7, 2011 at 9:07 am

    “represented our district well”

    How ? By bringing home the pork or by helping drive California off the cliff financially ?

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