Four candidates vie for City Council
Four candidates are hoping to get Sonoma's vote for one of the two open seats on the Sonoma City Council. The election takes place on Nov. 6, with mail-in ballots set to go out next week.
The Index-Tribune interviewed the four candidates, Madolyn Agrimonti, David Cook, Laurie Gallian and Cameron Stuckey, asking each one the exact same question. Click on the link by their picture to see the full interviews.
For more information on the Nov. 6 election, visit vote.sonoma-county.org or call 565-6800.
Madolyn Agrimonti was born and raised in San Francisco and lived in Daly City from 1967 to 2004. She received a bachelor’s degree in management from St. Mary’s College and her master’s of nonprofit administration from the University of San Francisco. While living in Daly City, she was elected to the City Council in 1990 and served two consecutive terms as mayor from 1994 to 1996. Prior to being on the council, she was a legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Alan Cranston and state Sen. John Foran. She was the co-founder of the Delue Bayshore Boys & Girls Club. She was the director of advancement for Ursuline High School from 2005 to 2008, and she is on the Sonoma Community Center board and the Sonoma Valley Health Care District board. She and her husband, Rich, have lived in Sonoma since 2004.
Read our Q+A with City Council candidate Madolyn Agrimonti
David Cook is the owner of Cook Vineyard Management and has been a Sonoma resident for the past 17 years. Cook was born in Willows, grew up on the family farm and ran the farm until he was 29, when he sold it and moved to Sonoma. Cook started his management company in 2003. He has been a mentor with the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance for the past two years and is the vice president of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce board.
Laurie Gallian is running for her second term on the Sonoma City Council. During her first campaign, she and now-retiring mayor Joanne Sanders were the only candidates for two seats, so they were appointed by a vote of the council. Gallian is a 31-year resident of Sonoma, she has been a small business consultant providing accounting, billing and payroll services to clients from Marin to Sacramento. Since 2000, she has been finance manager at the Sonoma Charter School. She is married to Ray Gallian, a former Sonoma Planning Commissioner, and has a son who is a lance corporal in the Marine Corps Reserve. Gallian serves on the Sonoma County Water Advisory Board, the Sonoma County Transportation Authority Board and is a longtime member of Soroptimist International Sonoma Valley. In 2011, she served as mayor of Sonoma.
Read our Q+A with City Council candidate Laurie Gallian
Cameron Stuckey is 44 years old, was born in Los Angeles and moved incrementally north, arriving in Sonoma 17 years ago following a failed marriage to a woman he says became a professional bank robber (he turned her in to the FBI). A fitness enthusiast who once played semi-pro football, Stuckey said a girlfriend encouraged him to become a personal trainer. He took her up on the suggestion, eventually became a fixture at the Parkpoint Health Club, moved on to MacArthur Place and later opened his own business, Stuckey Fitness, with a studio on First Street West. He also advertises himself as a motivational speaker and has developed a program combining fitness, spirituality and self-actualization. Stuckey has five children, three in Sonoma and two in local schools.
Read our Q+A with City Council candidate Cameron Stuckey