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    February 14, 2024
    San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Endorses Supervisorial Candidates

    Both Candidates Understand the Necessity for a Strong Economy, Sensible Housing and Creating Enhanced Services for our Unhoused
    San Rafael, CA- The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors have announced their endorsements for the two open seats on Marin Board of Supervisors today. For Supervisorial District 4, the Chamber has endorsed incumbent Dennis Rodoni and in District 2, current San Anselmo Councilmember Brian Colbert. The Chamber sees these candidates as strong allies that have a history of collaboration that has improved the economic climate that aligns with the needs of its members. They will also best represent the issues that are most important to the Chamber which include workforce housing, economic vitality, enhanced services for the unhoused, and equity.
    Dennis Rodoni - (District 4- City Council) Prior to serving as Supervisor, Dennis served as a board member on the North Marin Water District for 21 years and he also participated in several nonprofit and environmental boards. He also ran a construction company with his wife for 35 years while raising two daughters. In March 2020, Dennis was re-elected as Supervisor for Marin’s District Four. During his time in office, Dennis has been dedicated to resolving District Four’s wide range of unique challenges due to its geographic and cultural diversity. From overcrowding because of tourism, to traffic on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, to rent affordability; these challenges are just some of the issues that require serious scrutiny and problem-solving. Just in this past year, Dennis has been instrumental in securing funding for emergency assistance for displaced tenants, kicking off Cleaner California Coast to protect our pristine shorelines, and increasing government transparency through Community Conversations and expanded in-person services in District 4.
    Brian Colbert- (District 2- Marin County Board of Supervisors) In 2011, Brian and his family settled in San Anselmo, drawn by Marin’s great public schools and open space. He joined the town Economic Development Committee, becoming Chair in 2013, was elected to San Anselmo Town Council in 2017 and was reelected in 2020, serving a term as mayor.  When COVID prompted pandemic shutdowns, he worked with the Chamber and Marin Recovers to assist local businesses and served on the steering committee for the inaugural Economic Vitality Strategic Plan.

    Brian was the 2022-2023 President of the Marin County Council of Mayors and Councilmembers where he advocated for improving fire prevention and emergency preparedness measures and preserving open space. As the co-chair (with San Rafael Mayor Kate Colin) of the Mayors Select Committee, Brian provided strong support for all Marin cities during the pandemic. In 2017 he joined the Transportation Authority of Marin and is currently Chair of the Board. He was appointed to the Board of Marin Transit during 2020 and is currently President of the Board. He is currently the Director, Business Development and Patient Experience for an innovative medical practice in San Francisco.

    The Chamber is excited to work with the individuals that make our community a more diverse and economically viable place to live. We believe that these individuals have shown incredible work ethic and leadership in their roles that have led to high quality city policy. The Chamber is looking to continue
    For more information, contact Karen Strolia, San Rafael Chamber President & CEO kstrolia@srchamber.com or visit Srchamber.com

    The San Rafael Chamber represents over 600 employers totaling over 26,000 employees. The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce is a member-based business advocacy organization providing a strong voice in support of the economic vitality of our community.   Promoting Business and Building Community. For more information visit www.SRChamber.com
    Karen Strolila, President & CEO
    (415) 454-4163