Two Sonoma County Supervisors Face Challengers in Debate

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The candidates for Sonoma County’s second and fourth district supervisor seats squared off in a virtual debate last night. This election marks the first time fourth district supervisor James Gore and second district supervisor David Rabbitt have faced opponents. The debate, hosted by Latino leadership organization Los Cien, focused on equity. All five candidates denounced discrimination and racism when asked about discrimination that led to several county department leaders stepping down last year. Second district challenger Blake Hooper argued the Sonoma County Office of Equity needs a bigger budget and more support to strengthen its authority when it comes to handling issues like racism. The two-year-old office has a $930-thousand budget and five members.