WILLITS, 8/2/17 -- Citing family reasons, Third District Supervisor Georgeanne Croskey will not be running for re-election in the 2018 supervisorial race. In a press release issued today by the County of Mendocino's executive office, but signed by Croskey, she explains that her husband, Detective Matthew Croskey of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, has accepted a new job somewhere outside of Mendocino. She and her family will be leaving Mendocino County, and she will sell her veterinary practice. In the release she explains that she believes this will allow her to better fulfill her commitment to her constituents.
Croskey will complete her term as supervisor, and is not stepping down -- rather this announcement merely indicates that she will not run for office in 2018.
Said Croskey, "I am a mother, a wife, and a public servant. I love my family and I love serving the Third District. However, my husband and children need me to be a wife and mother first. It is with great regret that I will be leaving this position and Mendocino County."
Croskey was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in May, to fill the seat vacated by Tom Woodhouse. Woodhouse had been absent for several months prior to his resignation, due to mental health issues. Under California law, supervisor seats vacated mid-term are filled by the governor, not a special election. The process is entirely opaque, with the governor's office providing no public rationale, hearings, or explanation.
The primary election for the seat will be held on June 5, 2018, less than a year from now, and the general election will be held in November 2018.
Here is the press release:
Dr. Georgeanne Croskey was appointed to the Third District Supervisorial seat on May 9, 2017, after Supervisor Tom Woodhouse resigned. Ms. Croskey has been doing the job since then along with her veterinary practice, Mendocino Equine and Livestock.
This week, Supervisor Croskey announced that she will not be running for office due to family commitments. Supervisor Croskey's husband accepted a position and the family will be leaving Mendocino County.
"I am a mother, a wife, and a public servant. I love my family and I love serving the Third District. However, my husband and children need me to be a wife and mother first. It is with great regret that I will be leaving this position and Mendocino County."
Supervisor Croskey will complete her term as Third District Supervisor on December 31, 2018. Then the family will be reunited. In the meantime, Supervisor Croskey said, "I am in the process of selling my veterinary practice and will continue to perform veterinary work on a part time basis. With the pending sale of my practice and no campaign for the 2018 election, I will dedicate my time to serving the constituents and addressing the issues facing the district and the county as a whole. I believe this will allow me to concentrate on the needs of the district, rather than dividing my time between my veterinary practice, supervisor work and managing a campaign. I commit to do the best work I can for my constituents in the Third District."
For more information, please contact the Mendocino County Executive Office at (707) 463-4441.
Georgeanne Croskey Third District Supervisor