District 2 Candidate Questions & Answers
The two Democratic candidates for District 2 County Supervisor have answered a few questions in writing to give you more background before our upcoming meeting.* The two candidates are:
- Monica Brown (incumbent)
- Rochelle Sherlock
If you are an active, current, dues-paying member of PDB, you may vote in the club’s endorsement poll, which will linked here and open after the candidates and others present on the evening of Tuesday, January 9. Current members will be sent notice of the poll opening soon after this meeting and will have until midnight on Friday, January 12 to submit their votes. Voter eligibility will be carefully monitored and vetted. Members’ votes will be private and confidential except to one poll administrator who must confirm voter eligibility.
Please note that PDB did not edit or condense the candidate answers in any way, except to format them very slightly for this presentation. If a candidate was asked to write one paragraph, but wrote more, we kept the whole answer. We would like to thank the Solano County Democratic Central Committee for allowing us to piggyback on their questionnaire.
At the time of publication, Supervisor Brown had not yet submitted her answers. We will update this page when she does. In the meantime, you may review this questionnaire from the Solano County Democratic Central Committee, which provides answers to many of the same questions.
(The footer on the linked pdf shows an incorrect date. These answers are from the 2023 Central Committee questionnaire.)
1. Please provide a one- or two-paragraph background sketch.
Dr. Sherlock has a rich background spanning 30 years in grassroots community service, demonstrating an unwavering passion for making a positive impact. From her early days as a youth counselor in a disadvantaged community to her extensive work with children and families within the child welfare system, Rochelle has consistently championed the well-being of her community. In addition to her academic achievements, Rochelle is an entrepreneur, owning a small business that adds an entrepreneurial perspective to her extensive community service experience. Her dedication to various causes is reflected in her multifaceted involvement, including advocating for women and girls, improving health and well-being, enhancing transportation and mobility, ensuring pedestrian safety, supporting small businesses, and addressing critical issues like reducing wildfire risk.
Rochelle’s leadership shines through her involvement in over two dozen coalitions and commissions. Notable positions include serving on the City of Fairfield’s Measure P Taxpayer Citizen Oversight Commission, a Board a member of a low-income senior apartment complex, co-founding and leading the Senior Coalition of Solano County, the Solano County Commission for Women and Girls, and as the president of the Green Valley Fire Safe Council. Her leadership roles underscore her ability to drive positive change and create collaborative solutions for the benefit of the community.
Rochelle Sherlock’s comprehensive background, blending academic expertise, small business ownership, and decades of grassroots community service, positions her as an ideal candidate for Solano County Supervisor. With a proven track record of dedicated service and a vision for a better, more inclusive community, Rochelle is committed to bringing positive change to Solano County.
2. Provide one paragraph about why you are running for office.
I am running for County Supervisor because voters across the district have asked me to run. They are troubled by the decisions the Solano County BOS, especially Monica, are making such as dissolving the 1) Agricultural Advisory Board, 2) The Solano Partnership Against Violence (SPAV) which has been in existence for over 20 years and whose focus was to raise awareness of domestic violence/intimate partner, and violence against women, 3) Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, the Historic Commissions Board and so forth. These actions are an assault on democracy and citizen involvement in governmental issues that affect their lives and to which they have a considerable amount of experience, expertise and interest. I ran for the seat in 2020 because Monica broke her promise to not take a salary, she is not collaborative, inclusive, or effective. She cannot get things done because she is unable to build partnerships and collaborative relationships with others. She refuses to meet with people, doesn’t return calls or emails from her constituents, and is rude, abrasive, and dismissive. In the last 4 years, I have accomplished more as a citizen without all the power and resources of the County and role than Monica has been able with all the power and resources of the County. I led the development of the Status Report on Women and Girls, doing much of the research myself, and then gave dozens of presentations throughout the County on the findings to advocate for women and girls. I brought in over $1.5 million dollars to reduce wildfire risks in spite of the fact the County, under John Vasquez and Moncia’s direction, did everything they could to stop this effort. We have big unresolved issues, and the County isn’t going after the available grant funds to address those issues. I represent the necessary leadership change to reverse this trend, and working cross-jurisdictionally to create a more promising future.
3. In one paragraph, describe your top three priorities.
- Reduce Homelessness through a community-wide coordinated approach to delivering services, housing, and programs.
- Improve Neighborhood/ Community Safety by a) Tackling the root cause of crime, and continuing and expanding the Disaster/Wildfire Preparedness work I’ve been doing.
- Foster Economic Vitality by a) Creating local jobs & opportunities, b) Supporting small businesses, c) increase affordable housing,
- Promote Environmental Health and Sustainability by protecting our rich agricultural lands and open space, while working collaboratively to address our housing and economic development needs.
4. At the end of your term of office how will you know you have been successful? What is your measure of success?
- The County will have applied for, and successfully received, more grant funds to address key issues.
- I will have established collaboratives and advisory boards, bringing together different perspectives and expertise, as well as, those who are impacted by the decisions, so we get the brightest minds working on big issues and minimize unintended consequences.
- We will have begun to tackle big issues like the homelessness issues and increased the effectiveness of county services to support people in the transition.
- It is my hope, to also have started a Regional Sea Level Rise Coalition to start planning for the impact of sea level rise across the district. This district is surrounded by water and this is an issue we need to start working on now.
5. What do you view as the top three priorities for the county in attacking climate change?
- We need to reduce carbon emissions. That means working with cities to ensure urban/transit centered housing development and mixed-use zoning where housing and grocery etc. are co-located or in close approximation to each other.
- Prevent catastrophic wildfire. Trees store carbon and fires release the carbon into the air. This means we need an active approach to preventing wildfire and to minimizing the intensity and spread of fire when it does occur.
- Change/implement building standards to include green sources of energy.
6. What do you view as your greatest accomplishment?
I’ve had so many accomplishments that it is difficult to identify only one. Here are what I consider to be my greatest accomplishments, but this list if just the tip of the iceberg of my work. The list begins with the most recent:
- Founded the Green Valley Fire Safe Council and brought in over $1.5 million to reduce wildfire risks. I am overseeing this work. We completed the first phase a shaded fuel break. Here are some links to media showing this work:
- Led development of the Status Report on Women and Girls. I did much of the research and analysis myself and gave dozens of presentations.
2020 – Status Report | The SCWG (solanocommissionwomengirls.com). You can find the status report here.
- Brought in $6 million to establish a transition from jail to community program. I led the stakeholder input process, brought people together to develop a program based on best practices. This program reduced recidivism and improved the well-being of the justice involved on numerous dimensions.
- Founded the award winning Mini-Medical School: Aging with Vitality. This program improved health and well-being of older adults.
- Founded the Fall Prevention Partnership and secured the funds to launch the first Fall Prevention Partnership to address senior falls.