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Dillon was elected supervisor in 2003. Before that, she was a local attorney and took part in such community growth battles as opposing a 1996 proposal to build 1,300 homes in hills near the city of Napa.

She listed a number of reasons for not running for a sixth term. They range from family interests to a reexamination of priorities with the COVID-19 outbreak. She hasn’t seen her grandchildren in person in a year because of the pandemic.

“I know it sounds trite, but you just sort of know when it’s time,” she said.

And she decided now was the time to make her intentions known.

“Because I’ve held this seat for so long, there is kind of a pent-up interest in people who have aspired to the seat,” Dillon said.

Potential candidates already stepping up

A June 7, 2022 election might sound like a long way off, but potential candidates are already preparing.

Four candidates as of Feb. 17 had filed candidate’s intention statements for Dillon’s 3rd District seat, which represents much of Napa Valley and the northeast county. They are St. Helena City Councilmember Anna Chouteau, Napa County Planning Commissioner Anne Cottrell, farmer Lucio Perez and Ines De Luna.

Joelle Gallagher announced she will run for Wagenknecht’s 1st District seat, which represents Browns Valley, much of downtown Napa and the Carneros area. She is a county planning commissioner and executive director for First 5 Napa County.

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