More than six out of 10 voters in the Democratic-leaning 4th District live in Napa and Yolo counties.

The Buzz: Democrats already lining up to run for Mariko Yamada's Assembly seat

Published: Saturday, May. 11, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 3A

Democrats are already lining up for the race in the 4th Assembly District next year when Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada is termed out.

Davis Mayor Joe Krovoza announced Friday that he intends to run in the Democrat-dominated district, joining Lake County Supervisor Anthony Farrington and Napa County Planning Commissioner Matt Pope in the race.

Davis City Councilman Dan Wolk, the son of Democratic state Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis, confirmed Friday that he'll be formally announcing his candidacy in the coming weeks.

The district includes Napa and Lake counties and parts of Sonoma, Solano, Colusa and Yolo counties. Napa and Yolo counties are home to 62 percent of its voters.

Krovoza, 50, Davis mayor since 2011, handles external relations for UC Davis' Institute of Transportation Studies and Energy Efficiency Center.

Farrington, 43, is an attorney who has managed the Regional Council of Rural Counties' state water rights program.

Dan Wolk, 35, who grew up in Davis, is deputy county counsel for Solano County.

Pope is district representative for state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, and former president of Democrats of Napa Valley.

– Melody Gutierrez


Elizabeth Ashford, who left Gov. Jerry Brown's administration in April, has since opened her own public affairs and communications consultancy, EAshford Public Affairs & Communications. Ashford, 38, was Brown's chief deputy press secretary and had worked in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration and as a spokeswoman for BP.

– David Siders


"A funny thing happened on the way to coronation of Dan Wolk for Assembly."

MATT REXROAD, Yolo County supervisor and Republican political consultant, chuckling via Twitter at Democratic infighting for the 4th Assembly District detailed elsewhere in this column

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