Realtor Group Backing Opposition of Santa Rosa Rent Control Ordinance Puts Big Money on Zane

“The National Association of Realtors has a history of laying its heavy hand on the scales of elections in Sonoma County,” he said. “I hope the voters see through this.”

“My housing position is we need to build affordable housing — denser, residential, downtown,” Coursey said. “And that’s not the kind of housing that Realtors are generally selling.”

Realtor Group Backing Opposition of Santa Rosa Rent Control Ordinance Puts Big Money on Zane

In the supervisorial race between incumbent Shirlee Zane and challenger Chris Coursey, in which the candidates so far have raised about $120,000, according to current reports, the National Association of Realtors on Tuesday dropped $156,000 to support Zane. The organization spent $16,000 on polling, leaving the rest to fund an organized ground campaign to get out the vote for Zane, who they view as an accessible partner in addressing the housing crisis.

In a Facebook post late Friday morning, Coursey sounded the alarm on the cash influx into the race for District 3, which covers central Santa Rosa and most of Rohnert Park.

“The National Association of Realtors has a history of laying its heavy hand on the scales of elections in Sonoma County,” he said. “I hope the voters see through this.”

“My housing position is we need to build affordable housing — denser, residential, downtown,” Coursey said. “And that’s not the kind of housing that Realtors are generally selling.”

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