Government / Politics

Wayne Norton enters race for San Benito County Supervisor

Water Board member and community activist says he will focus on issues important to local families.

This article was contributed by Wayne Norton.

It is with great pleasure I announce my candidacy to serve the people of San Benito County as the next District 2 representative to the Board of Supervisors.

Stretching from Aromas to Hollister, our district is blessed with diversity—of geography, businesses and people. We may have different backgrounds, but we have many things in common, including care and concern for the beautiful place we live.

Challenges all of our families share include poor roads, a shortage of local jobs and rising housing costs. I have a long history of tackling these tough issues, and, with your vote, I pledge to do even more. I also pledge to fight to improve care for our elderly and to work with our schools to improve public education for our children.

I moved to Aromas in 1985, just a couple of weeks before my daughter was born. I fell in love with San Benito County and its people. As an editor and political reporter for local newspapers, including the Free Lance, and as an elected Water Board director, I have gained a great understanding of the complexities of our various agencies and departments, and I know how to make government work for us.

I will endeavor, as I always have, to serve and actively listen to our community. I am an Army veteran, a founding member and past president of the Rotary Club of San Juan Bautista, past president of the Aromas Eagles, Chair of the county Aging and Long-Term Care Commission, Director of the Seniors Council of San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties, and a founding staff member of Anzar High School, a California Distinguished School. Most recently, I was a member of the committee supporting Measure G, approved by 70 percent of county voters to fund critical road improvements.

I pledge to value your family as I do my own. I am proud to live in Aromas with Leslie Austin, my partner in life and community service. My daughter, Casey Norton Powers, is a trustee in the Aromas-San Juan Unified School District. Her husband, Tim, serves on the county Parks Commission. Leslie’s daughter Olivia and husband Brad Ashmore are just starting their family and recently purchased their first home in Hollister. I am grandfather to four-year-old Lily and one-year-old Quinn, with another one on the way.

Our district has been fortunate to have been represented by Anthony Botelho for the past 15 years. But there is still work to do to ensure our families have safe neighborhoods, good paying local jobs, affordable housing and adequate roads.

San Benito County is a special place. Working together, we can preserve our way of life while keeping an eye on our future. Together, we can solve the problems of today to make sure that our children and grandchildren have a brighter tomorrow.

I would be honored to earn your vote.

Let’s talk.

Cell: (831) 227-3530

Email: [email protected]


Write to: Norton for Supervisor 2020, PO Box 1051, San Juan Bautista, CA 95045

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Wayne Norton

Recognized by the State Assembly in 2019 for protecting the environment, Wayne Norton is a two-term elected Aromas Water District director and candidate for San Benito County Supervisor in District 2. A Vietnam veteran and former political reporter, Wayne was the managing editor of the daily Hollister Free Lance. He is an active advocate for quality public education and was a founding staff member of Anzar High School, a California Distinguished School. As a former Ombudsman, Wayne protected the rights of residents in nursing homes and investigated elder abuse. He currently serves as a director on the Seniors Council of Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, and has consistently led and volunteered for a variety of public commissions and community organizations since moving to the area in 1985. Wayne can be contacted at (831) 227-3530, [email protected], or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.