Attorney seeking Sonoma County office suspends campaign after wife's complaint

  • 10/28/2008: B5: Don Edgar

Don Edgar has suspended his fledgling campaign for Sonoma County Clerk-Recorder-Assessor after his wife took to Facebook to vent over not being consulted about his decision to run for the office.

The personal injury attorney and Santa Rosa Junior College trustee announced in September that he would challenge Bill Rousseau for the county post in 2014.

Rousseau, the county's longtime chief deputy assessor, was appointed to the job last year after Janice Atkinson retired.

Edgar launched his campaign with a colorful website and Facebook page bearing an image of him smiling in front of a set of law books and beside a photo of an American flag flapping in the breeze.

But not long after, Edgar's wife, Lori Williams Edgar, went onto the campaign's page on the ubiquitous social media site to express her surprise and dismay that her husband was kicking off his campaign for the office.

"Don, This is NOT the honorable thing to DO!" Williams Edgar wrote in early October. "You shared Nothing with Your Wife or Family about this Campaign! Absolutely nothing. .<TH>.<TH>. only yesterday a friend brought this to my attention!!??"

The post goes on to question Edgar's relationship with state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, who has endorsed Edgar.

"Also, what is your relationship with Noreen Evans????? Your (sic) a Married Man?! What's Going On? You revealed nothing to US!!??!" Williams Edgar wrote, signing the post "Lori (your spouse)."

Soon thereafter, the message was removed from the site, though it was saved by someone who shared it with The Press Democrat. On Oct. 4, Edgar issued a statement saying he was cancelling a Nov. 4 campaign fundraiser.

"At this time I am placing my campaign on hold while I further consider the impact that conducting a vigorous campaign for county-wide office would have on my family," Edgar wrote.

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