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Sonoma CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Shirlee Zane

Sonoma County Supervisor
13,105 votes (47.61%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Affordable Housing and Homelessness
  • Mental Health
  • Environmental Protection and Climate Change



Profession:County Supervisor, Sonoma County District 3
County Supervisor, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2009–current)


Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Master of Arts, Theology (current)
Sonoma State University Master of Arts, Family Counseling (current)


Shirlee Zane has served as Sonoma County Third District Supervisor since January 2009. Her accomplishments include providing strong, effective leadership on health and safety issues, being a champion for the SMART Train and the environment, and safeguarding Sonoma County’s budget and economy in tough times.

Before election to the Board of Supervisors, she spent nine years as the Chief Executive Officer for the Council on Aging, a $3.5 million private nonprofit corporation that provides 12 different programs for seniors countywide through its Senior Meals Program, Legal Services and Social and Financial Services.  Her varied career in public service spans 25 years working in human services as a family therapist, minister, hospital chaplain, special education instructor, inner-city social worker and Executive Director. She is the former Executive Director of Hospital Chaplaincy Services and has been a committee member for numerous hospital boards and committees, including work on bioethics, patient quality review, and institutional review.

Shirlee holds two Masters Degrees; an M.A. in Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Chicago, IL, and an M.A. in Family Counseling from Sonoma State University.

She has worked and lived abroad in Caracas, Venezuela, and speaks fluent Spanish. She has earned recognition for her community service including the Community Service Award in Education from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County for her work in the Latino community. The United Way of Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties awarded Shirlee and the Council on Aging the Community Impact in Advocacy Award for her advocacy efforts on behalf of seniors. Shirlee won the Leadership Award from the Sonoma County Medical Association for her work to increase Medicare reimbursements (2005) and the Reverend Coffee Human Rights Award from the Sonoma County Commissions Office in December 2005.  

Shirlee has published guest editorials in The Press Democrat, as well as in several other Sonoma County publications.   She has presented workshops at the California Area Agency on Aging Conference and at the 2004 National Council on Aging Conference.
She has served on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the City of Santa Rosa ADA Advisory Committee and the Santa Rosa Junior College Human Services Committee. Additionally, Shirlee is a former Commissioner on the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women. She has been on the boards of the Sonoma County Cultural Arts Council, Southwest Community Health Care Center and United Way of Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties.  She was a 2006-2007 Fellow for the Women’s Policy Institute of California.

In her spare time Shirlee enjoys travel, cooking, hiking, writing and oil painting.  She has three children and twin grandchildren.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • California Nurses Association
  • Santa Rosa Firefighters Association

Organizations (10)

  • California Nurses Association
  • North Bay Labor Council
  • Carpenters, Local 751
  • Northern California Engineering Contractors Association
  • North Bay Building and Construction Trades Council
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 551
  • North Bay Association of Realtors
  • Service Employees International Union Local 1021
  • Sonoma County Alliance
  • Sonoma County Farm Bureau

Elected Officials (33)

  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Chairwoman Katie Rice
  • Windsor Town Council Member Deb Fudge
  • Windsor Vice Mayor Esther Lemus
  • Windsor Mayor Dominic Foppoli
  • Santa Rosa School Board President Jenni Klose
  • Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Board of Trustees President Jordan Burns
  • Former Rohnert Park Mayor Amy Ahanotu
  • Rohnert Park City Council Member Susan Hollingsworth Adams
  • Rohnert Park City Council Member Pam Stafford
  • Rohnert Park Mayor Joe Callinan
  • Rohnert Park City Council Majority
  • Former Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley
  • Former Santa Rosa Mayor Mike Martini
  • Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin
  • Sonoma County Supervisor David Rabbitt
  • Assemblymember Jim Wood
  • Senator Bill Dodd
  • Senator Mike McGuire
  • Congressman Jared Huffman
  • Congressman Mike Thompson
  • Sonoma County Supervisor James Gore
  • Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins
  • Former Santa Rosa Mayor Janet Condron
  • Santa Rosa City Council Member Jack Tibbetts
  • Santa Rosa City Council Member John Sawyer
  • Santa Rosa City Council Member Ernesto Olivares
  • Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm
  • Santa Rosa City Council Majority
  • Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch
  • Former Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano
  • Sonoma County Sheriff Mark Essick
  • Former Sonoma County Supervisor Mike Kerns
  • Former Sonoma County Supervisor Valerie Brown

Individuals (7)

  • Latino Community Leader Herman J. Hernandez
  • Santa Rosa Board of Public Utilities Member Chris Grabill
  • Latino Community Leader Sylvia Lemus
  • Santa Rosa Planning Commissioner Jeff Okrepkie
  • Santa Rosa Planning Commissioner Akash Kalia
  • California Coastal Commissioner and former Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart
  • Chairman Greg Sarris, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Together We Did...Together We Will!

Sonoma County has made great progress in the ten years Supervisor Shirlee Zane has been representing the Third District. During her next term, Shirlee looks forward to continued collaboration with local residents and her colleagues on the Board of Supervisors by focusing on:

  • Addressing issues of housing affordability and the cost of living in our community.
  • Strengthening services for our most vulnerable residents by continuing to be a champion for improved mental health services, homelessness programs, county-led initiatives including the Mobile Support Team and Homeless Outreach Services Team, as well as programs to assist our veterans.
  • Improving countywide emergency alert systems and improving fire & emergency preparedness.
  • Repaving more of our roads and streets through continued General Fund contributions as well as funds from SB1 and other funding sources to effectively maintain our transportation network, including multiple modes of clean and low emission transportation that protects public and environmental health while enhancing our quality of life.
    • Collaborating with SMART officials and local governments to address bicycle and pedestrian safety issues at railroad crossings in light of an increase in accidents along the tracks.
  • Safeguarding our climate & natural environment, as well as our parks, open spaces and the County’s treasured natural resources.
  • Preserving Sonoma County's agricultural heritage by supporting local family farmers and common-sense policies to sustain our local agricultural economy.
  • Advancing policies that contribute to the healthy economy Sonoma County has enjoyed over the last several years, while continuing to pass balanced budgets. Shirlee and her colleagues have worked diligently to pass 11 straight balanced budgets since she joined the Board of Supervisors!
  • Refining cannabis policy so that the industry can evolve in a regulated, legal environment emphasizing the quality-of-life and safety of our residents.
  • Fighting for our seniors and improved senior services, a crusade Shirlee started as CEO of the Council on Aging. During her 10 years there she completed several senior-serving capital campaigns, including construction of a state-of-the-art, multi-million dollar Meals on Wheels commercial kitchen.
  • Continuing a commitment to collaboration by actively listening to the needs of residents, stakeholders and elected officials at all levels of government about ways to enhance the quality of life for those living and working in Sonoma County.

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