10 to vie for WIndsor seats

Voters choice - When they go to the polls this fall, Windsor voters will have a lot of options for town council, as ten people will be vying for the three available seats.

Ten candidates vying for three seats

Will all three incumbents from the Windsor Town Council running for another term, the deadline for declaring candidacy for council came to a close as of Aug. 10 at 5 p.m. The town released a statement that following the deadline, the Town of Windsor had the following candidates qualified for the office of town council for the Town of Windsor: (All information is taken from the filing documents of the candidates).

Luis M. Diaz. Age not given. Has lived in Windsor for more than 12 years with his wife and five children. Occupation: dentist. In his candidate statement, he states he was the chairman of the Windsor Municipal Advisory Council during the pre-incorporation years of Windsor.

Dominic Foppoli. (Incumbent. Has served one, four-year term). Age not given. Has lived in Windsor for 31 years. Not married. Occupation: owns several local businesses including wineries, tastings rooms and a brewery.

William (Billy) Forrest: Age 56. Has lived in Windsor 16 years, with his wife and two children. Occupation: Architect. Has previously served on the Windsor Unified School District Board of Trustees and the Bond Oversight Committee.

Gina Fortino-Dickson: Age 45. Has lived in Windsor for two years with her husband and two children. Occupation: Grant manager/educator. Has previously served on the city council of Clearlake, and was vice-mayor. Served on the boards of the Lake County Area Planning Council and Transportation Agency, and was president of the PTA.

Dylan Harper: Age not given. Has lived in Windsor for 27 years. No family information given. Occupation: Teacher

Esther O. Lemus: Age 45. Has lived in Windsor for 10 years with her husband and two children. Occupation: Deputy District Attorney. Current member and past president of the Windsor Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Mark Millan. (Incumbent. Has served one, four-year-term). Age not given. Has lived in Windsor for 26 years with his wife and three children. Occupation: Owner and founder of Data Instincts, a communications firm specializing in public outreach and communications for water and recycled water projects in the Bay Area and beyond.

Tari Nix. Age 65. Has lived in Windsor for two years with her husband. Occupation: Retired business consultant and small business manager.

Rosa Reynoza: Age 46. Has lived in Windsor for 39 years with her partner and three children. Occupation: owner of a data entry business. Previous candidate for city council.

Sam Salmon (incumbent, has been on the council for 24 years). Age not given. Has lived in Windsor for more than 25 years. Occupation: Attorney.

“The total number of 10 candidates represents a significant race for the three available seats,” said Town Clerk Maria De La O in the statement.

According to the California Form 460s released thus far, Foppoli leads the way in campaign cash, with $21,728 in his war chest, with Lemus ($11,112) and Millan ($9,627) in second and third. Reynoza is fourth. Nix, Diaz, Fortino-Dickson, Forrest and Harper have yet to file their 460s, and Salmon filed, but it showed no current finances.

Other elected bodies with openings in November are the Windsor Unified School District Board of Trustees, which has three contested seats, and the Windsor Fire Protection District Board of Directors, which has two seats. Because one of the school board incumbents is not running (Esther Lemus, who is making a bid for town council), the filing deadline has been extended until Aug. 15. The Times will publish a list of these candidates after that time.

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