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Cuclis Turns Down Write-In Bid

The top Valley vote-getter in this month's primary election has decided against a write-in campaign, but says election should "put the two Santa Rosa candidates on notice" that Sonoma Valley issues are a priority.

Gina Cuclis, the Boyes Hot Springs resident who race for County Supervisor, has decided against a write-in bid for the November election.

In a letter to media outlets,  she wrote Thursday, "I understand the desire of community-minded individuals to have the kind of election they wish the last one had been — one strong Sonoma Valley candidate running against the two from Santa Rosa. But it's too late."

You can read the full letter on the Press Democrat website.

Cuclis was the highest vote-getting candidate for the 1st District, which is primarily comprised of territory within the Sonoma Valley. The two top vote-getting candidates, , are both members of the Santa Rosa City Council, and Santa Rosa residents.

"I've received numerous emails and read the letters in newspapers," Cuclis wrote. "Many are disappointed and angry that the Sonoma Valley lost its seat on the Board of Supervisors. Because I was the leading valley candidate, finishing third, I even received offers of help and support for a write-in campaign from people who weren't involved in the last election."

Following the June 5 election, it was too soon to consider her future in Sonoma Valley politics. With today's letter, however, she has ruled out a long-shot write-in race for the Supervisor's seat.

In a note to Patch, Cuclis elaborated that "for a write-in campaign to be remotely feasible a candidate would have to spend a very large amount of money to get the message to voters."

Still, she added, "I think the fact that there is a lot of disappointment in the Valley over the situation should put the two Santa Rosa candidates on notice that whoever wins will have to make Sonoma Valley issues their priority."

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