(1 of ) Helen Putnam became Petaluma’s first female mayor in 1966. (Courtesy of the Sonoma County Library)
(2 of ) Sonoma's first female mayor Joan McGrath Waterhouse (right) was elected by the city council on April 17, 1956. Here she is chatting over the air with the mayor of Sonoma’s sister city in France on the eve of the 1959 Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival. (Sonoma Index Tribune Archives)
(3 of ) Helen Rudee in her Santa Rosa home, Friday, February 8, 2013. Rudee was the first woman on the board of supervisors.
(Crista Jeremiason / The Press Democrat)
(4 of ) From left, Sonoma County Supervisors Susan Gorin, Shirlee Zane and Lynda Hopkins spoke about becoming the board's first female majority at a forum sponsored by KBBF 89.1FM in collaboration with Sonoma County Chapter of the National Organization for Women and radio program Womenâ€™s Spaces in Santa Rosa on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
(5 of ) Lee Pierce made history in 2004 as the first African-American on the Santa Rosa City Council. (Courtesy photo)
(6 of ) Gwen Anderson (center right), become Sebastopol’s first female mayor in 1978. (Courtesy of the Sonoma County Library)
(7 of ) Sonoma County Sheriff Candidate Ernesto Olivares. (photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)
(8 of ) Cotati council member Janet Orchard voices her opinion about George Barich and the photo he posted of himself in blackface during the city council meeting, Wednesday April 8, 2009.
(9 of ) 3/30/2014:B1: John Sawyer served two consecutive terms on the Santa Rosa City Council, from 2004 through 2012.
PC: Candidate for County Supervisor, 1st District John Sawyer.
(10 of ) Lynda Hopkins, a candidate for Sonoma County 5th District Supervisor, participates in a forum for Latino voters at the Roseland Community Library in Santa Rosa, California on Thursday, May 12, 2016. (Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat)
(11 of ) Petaluma City Council Member Gabe Kearney speaks at a candidate forum at City Hall on Thursday, September 27, 2012 in Petaluma, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)
(12 of ) Sebastopol's newly selected mayor Robert Jacobs stands with his local business Peace in Medicine pot dispensary in Sebastopol on Thursday, December 5, 2013. Jacobs is the first mayor in the country to come from the marijuana business community. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)
(13 of ) Petaluma Vice Mayor Tiffany Ren√©e speaks at a candidate forum for the Petaluma City Council at City Hall on Thursday, September 27, 2012 in Petaluma, California. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)
(14 of ) Former Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo was the first Latino elected to countywide office. He was first elected in 2008 to represent the 5th District. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2016