Winters City Councilmember Jesse Loren will not be seeking a seat on the Board of Supervisors after all.
Loren, who was one of three people to announce over the summer that she was eyeing the seat of retiring Supervisor Don Saylor, said in announcement over the weekend that she will continue to focus on her Winters City Council work instead.
That leaves Davis Vice Mayor Lucas Frerichs and attorney Larenda Delaini as the only official candidates thus far in the race to succeed Saylor. The seat will be on the June 2022 ballot.
When Saylor announced in August that he would not seek re-election in 2022, three potential candidates immediately emerged: Loren, Frerichs and Davis resident Heidy Kellison.
Kellison announced Nov. 10 that she would not be running after all and now Loren has followed suit. Delaini announced her candidacy Nov. 1.
In announcing her intention not to run, Kellison said, “I do not wish to divide women or my hometown, both of which would occur if I were to enter the race.”
In Loren’s announcement on Saturday she said the pandemic “has highlighted the need for continued efforts to increase equity, especially for the Latinx community and women.
“The opportunity to engage on that at the county level inspired me to consider running for the District 2 seat on the Board of Supervisors.”
However, she said, “I have decided not to run for the board in 2022 in order to remain focused on continuing my work as a member of the Winters City Council.”
No woman has served on the Board of Supervisors in over a decade and no woman has run for the District 2 seat since Helen Thomson ran unopposed in 2006. Saylor succeeded Thomson, running unopposed in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
Loren said that since being elected to the Winters City Council in 2016, she has “found ongoing satisfaction in collaborating with other leaders in Winters and beyond to improve conditions for all residents, protect and enhance our resources, address pressing needs, and help chart an equitable course for the future.
“For example, as the 2020–2021 chair of the Yolo County Transportation District Board of Directors,” Loren said, “I led our agency in partnering with Caltrans to secure a $85.9 million grant to improve the I-80 corridor. When the pandemic reduced YoloBus ridership in 2020 while Yolo Food Bank needed to get pallets of food to countywide distribution points, I helped connect the organizations so YoloBus vehicles could move the food and drivers could remain employed.
“Innovative collaborations are the Yolo Way, which has stood us in good stead as we’ve faced significant challenges that go beyond any one jurisdiction, including the LNU Lightning Complex Fire and the COVID-19 pandemic.”
She said she would continue that collaboration as a Winters council member serving on the boards of the Yolo County Transportation District, Valley Clean Energy, the Water Resources Agency and Yolo Sustainable Groundwater Agency.
“I look forward to ongoing opportunities to work with representatives from across Yolo County to find solutions and explore opportunities.”
As Kellison did when announcing her decision not to run, Loren highlighted the need for county supervisors to focus on issues impacting children and families
“I hope the current and future Board of Supervisors will prioritize safety-net issues including food insecurity, juvenile justice, infant and maternal health, and affordable childcare, all of which have been highlighted during the pandemic,” Loren said. “I look forward to being a city partner in those efforts.”
“Thank you to all who rallied behind my possible candidacy for supervisor,” she added. “I am deeply humbled by your support and look forward to continuing to work together in service to our community.”