Monterey County Farm Bureau

Elections & Endorsements

Monterey County Farm Bureau is proud to make the following endorsements for candidates seeking election to Supervisorial seats in Monterey County in 2016.


Supervisorial District #4

Dennis Donohue

Donohue served as Salinas mayor for six years and made Ag Tech Innovation a hallmark of the Salinas Valley community by co-founding the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster (now Foundation).  He is chief innovations officer with Royal Rose, a Salinas Valley agriculture company where he was president from1998 to 2015, and is a great supporter of agricultural issues through his involvement with the Farm Bureau and the Grower Shipper-Association, where he served as Chairman.  Donohue is diligent and engaged and will bring fresh perspectives on economic growth to District 4.  “I am extremely honored to have earned the endorsement of the Monterey County Farm Bureau. Our county’s economy is bolstered by a strong agricultural community. There are many issues facing this community and I truly appreciate the Farm Bureau’s focus on solving them,” Dennis Donohue commented.


Supervisorial District #5

Dave Potter

Potter is currently serving his fifth term as Supervisor and received Monterey County Farm Bureau’s endorsement for his re-election in 2012.  His leadership on issues like water and land use have led Farm Bureau to endorse Dave for re-election in 2016.  Support for Ag employee housing in Spreckels, involvement in water supply solutions for the Peninsula that promote recycled resources, and advocacy for local health care access has strengthened Monterey County’s ability to serve residents and businesses.  "The endorsement of the Monterey County Farm Bureau, alongside the Monterey County Hospitality Association, represents the two largest economic engines in our County.  This means a great deal to me, as I am committed to ensuring economic opportunity in this region while protecting and preserving the unique environment which supports these industries," stated Supervisor Dave Potter.


Norm Groot, Executive Director of Monterey County Farm Bureau, commented, “Both candidates support the agricultural community and understand the importance of this sector to the economy of Monterey County.  By endorsing Donohue and Potter, we are making a firm commitment to the future prosperity of our Ag sector as it faces challenges of water and land use, natural resource management, and labor availability.”

These endorsements were made by the Board of Directors of Monterey County Farm Bureau at their meeting on April 14, 2016.


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