Yolo supervisor won’t seek reelection – Loren eyeing seat

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After a 45-year career in public service and over 25 years serving as an official in three elected capacities, Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor announced at the Aug. 3 Board of Supervisors’ meeting that he won’t seek reelection.

Saylor has served as District 2 Supervisor since 2011. His current term ends on Dec. 31, 2022.

Saylor said he was announcing his decision not to seek reelection so that other interested persons would have time to prepare for the 2022 primary election.

“The time has come for me to pass the baton and to pursue other parts of life. My family and I are deeply grateful for the many friendships and shared moments over the years. In the months to come I will remain fully committed and engaged in the work at hand.” Saylor said in an email. He has served on the Davis School Board, Davis City Council, as a Supervisor and on countless committees. In 2016, Saylor made an unsuccessful bid for a state assembly seat in District 4.

Some names that have been floating around as possible successors to Saylor’s seat are Winters City Councilmember Jesse Loren, Davis Vice Mayor Lucas Frerichs and Davis resident Heidy Kellison. As reported in the Davis Enterprise, both Frerichs and Kellison are at least considering launching a campaign for the seat.

The Express caught up with Loren who said, “To decide to run, I had to find out more about the redistricting process and I am now satisfied with what I will call the ‘known unknowns’ of that process. I also have had to think very hard about stepping off City Council and how that might affect my community and my colleagues. These are hard decisions that are only made easier by having the solid support of my family and my community.”

Loren was elected to the Winters City Council in 2016. She presently serves on the Winters Hispanic Advisory Committee, Yolo County Transportation District Board, Water Resources Association as vice chair, Valley Clean Energy as vice chair and is a board member on the League of California Cities and is their Sacramento Valley Division President and a Women’s Caucus board member.

“I believe the next Supervisor for District 2 should have a keen understanding of the social safety needs, water needs, and the need for fire safety in the west end of the District; and I am the best choice and most qualified for the position,” Loren said. “In my role on the City Council our region knows that I approach local government from the position of considering it a lifework, not a part time job, and that is exactly how I will best serve District 2 as Supervisor.”

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