It took just one political forum for Tom Lynch to decide he wasn’t hearing what he wanted to hear.
That’s when the West County resident decided to pay his money and create his financial statements — just in the nick of time — to run for the open Fifth District Supervisor seat left open by Efren Carrillo.
Old time West County folks may remember Lynch from 1986 when he unabashedly became known as the Manure Man, the comic populist hero who used a broadcast manure spreader to cover four downtown Santa Rosa city blocks with cow dung in protest of the city’s illegal release of sewage into the Russian River. It was his first dig into West County history, and he hopes, not his last.
This is not Lynch’s first foray in the political scene. He ran for Senate, against Noreen Evans, in 2010 and for Assembly in 2012. He’s had years of experience holding positions on the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and the Russian River Redevelopment Oversight Committee. For the past seven years he’s been Carrillo’s appointee to the Sonoma County Planning Commission.
His role in the Planning Commission has provided him a good background for what district supervisors deal with on a daily basis, Lynch said. And it’s given him good insight into how well the county functions — and doesn’t.