NAPA— Supervisor Bill Dodd today announced his candidacy for next year’s race in the 4th State Assembly District.  Mr. Dodd, a small businessman and Napa County Supervisor, cited job growth, education, supporting California’s aging population and the unique rural needs of the 4th district as his priorities if elected.

“I’m running to return California government’s focus to investing in its people, especially in our children’s future,” Mr. Dodd said.

 “State government used to make smart investments, the kind that nurtured Silicon Valley’s creation,” he continued.  “We can do it again.  That means investing in schools, universities, transportation, and protecting our unique environment – the things that help produce good-paying California jobs.

 Mr. Dodd, a Democrat from Napa County, also stressed his commitment to changing the political climate in the Legislature. 

“For too long, the Legislature has put politics above progress,” said Dodd. “During my 13 years on the board of supervisors, we’ve tackled – and solved – big problems by bringing people together.   Sacramento politics-as-usual imperils California’s future prosperity. I will bring a cooperative, problem-solving spirit to the state Capitol.”

Supervisor Dodd also serves on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the Napa County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.

Mr. Dodd was born in Napa and has lived in the 4th Assembly District his entire life.  He attended local schools and California State University, Chico.  He went on to become a small business owner with Culligan Water franchises throughout the North Bay.  Bill and his wife, Mary, have five children and two grandchildren.

 The 4th Assembly District includes all of Napa and Lake Counties, most of Yolo County, and portions of Solano, Sonoma and Colusa Counties. The seat currently is held by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada.