New Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin was sworn into office Tuesday before a packed audience on hand for the ceremonial start of the new Board of Supervisors term.
Gorin, 60, received a standing ovation initiated by supporters after her oath was administered by state Sen. Noreen Evans, the Santa Rosa Democrat and close friend and political ally.
The new 1st District supervisor thanked supporters who backed her in the November election, where she prevailed in a close, hard-fought race over fellow Santa Rosa City Council member John Sawyer.
"I'm overwhelmed," Gorin said. "Thank you for being here."
She used the occasion to extend a peace offering to former Supervisor Valerie Brown, her predecessor representing Sonoma, Sonoma Valley and eastern Santa Rosa. The two women represent different political camps, with Gorin seen as the more liberal figure, while Brown supported Sawyer in the election.
Still, Gorin credited Brown, saying her leadership gave the county a prominent role on issues including health care, transportation and environmental sustainability.
She also drew a laugh from the audience by finding obvious common ground with the former supervisor: Both women stand more than six feet.
"Really difficult shoes for me to fill," Gorin said, "although the chair we didn't have to adjust so much."
Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Supervisor Efren Carrillo also took ceremonial oaths to mark the beginning of their second terms.
Zane, 53, had her oath administered by Carroll Estes, founder and former director of UCSF's Institute for Health and Aging.