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Gorin meets with Sonoma Valley constituents

Christine Armstrong wants a community swimming pool in Sonoma.

Jim Karabochos is pining for a storm drain.

Nancy Summer would like some credit — figuratively and literally — for restoring habitat for endangered coho salmon.

The three were the first in line Friday to meet with Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin during Gorin's first official office hours in the district she now represents.

Such meetings are the usual requirements of elected public servants. But Friday's by-appointment-only confabs at a county public health annex in Sonoma carried extra symbolic weight.

The knock on Gorin and John Sawyer, her opponent in the race for the 1st District supervisorial seat, was that they both are too centralized in Santa Rosa to understand the needs of Sonoma Valley residents.

So Gorin, a former Santa Rosa City Council member, on Friday drove to Sonoma from her rented home in Oakmont in a new Toyota Prius to hear what some of her constituents had to say.

Gorin was layered in sweaters and had a hummingbird pendant pinned to her chest. She jotted notes on a legal pad and had her iPad opened on the desk to consult her schedule.

Karabochos, who's lived in Sonoma Valley for 66 years, admitted to Gorin upfront that he favored Sawyer in the campaign. But he said he changed his mind at the last-minute and voted for Gorin.

"You're not a mud-slinger," he told her. "You were honest."


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