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Santa Cruz CountyCandidate for Supervisor, District 3

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Ryan Coonerty

County Supervisor/Educator
10,621 votes (77.93%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Meeting Our Biggest Challenges- The challenges facing our community- housing, homelessness, mental health, crime and substance abuse- are significant. I'm collaborating to increase outreach, treatment, and accountability to make our community safer.
  • Supporting Families- We've created Thrive by 3 to supoprt mothers and babies. This effort, in combination with more affordable housing, healthcare, good jobs, and after-school programs will increase opportunity and build a stronger community.
  • Protecting the Environment- Through smart solar and energy initiatives, we are reducing carbon emissions, creating green jobs and saving taxpayer money. By protecting open space, parks, and the Bay, our environment will be protected for our children.



Profession:County Supervisor/Educator
Lecturer in Legal Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz (2003–current)
County Supervisor, 3rd District, Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors — Elected position (2015–current)
City Councilmember, Santa Cruz City Council — Elected position (2004–2012)
Mayor, City of Santa Cruz — Elected position (2011–2011)
Mayor, City of Santa Cruz — Elected position (2008–2008)


University of Virginia Law Degree (2001)
London School of Economics Master's Degree (1997)
University of Oregon B.A. (1996)


Ryan Coonerty is an American elected official, businessman, professor, and author who currently serves as the Third District Supervisor for California's Santa Cruz County, representing western portions of the county including Santa Cruz, Bonny Doon, and Davenport.  Coonerty previously served as Mayor of Santa Cruz, the county seat of Santa Cruz County, in 2008 and 2011. In addition to holding elected office, Coonerty co-founded NextSpace Coworking, also in Santa Cruz, in 2008 and is a lecturer for the Legal Studies department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of Etched in Stone: Enduring Words From Our Nation's Monuments, published by the National Geographic Society (NGS) and co-author of The Rise of the Naked Economy - How to Benefit from the Changing Workplace, published by Macmillan-Palgrave.


In 2004 and again in 2008, Coonerty was elected to four-year terms on the Santa Cruz City Council, finishing first in a field of 10 candidates in 2008. Coonerty additionally served as mayor twice during his time on the city council, in 2008 and 2011.



Ryan Coonerty graduated from Santa Cruz's public school system and attended the University of Oregon, where he graduated from the Honors College. He received a master's degree from the London School of Economics and a law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to attending law school, he managed a school bond campaign for Santa Cruz City Schools that raised $86 million to repair and remodel school facilities. He also served as an outreach coordinator for Assemblyman Fred Keeley. Following law school, he served as legislative counsel for the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age in Washington, DC. In 2000, he was on the professional staff for the National Commission on Federal Election Reform. Coonerty has been involved in community activities including serving on the board of the Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, Dientes Community Dental Care, and the Santa Cruz Education Foundation. He is additionally a cofounder of the Locally Owned Business Alliance.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Former Congressman Sam Farr
  • Santa Cruz Vice Mayor Martine Watkins
  • Santa Cruz Mayor David Terrazas

Organizations (8)

  • Santa Cruz County Democratic Party
  • Locally Owned Business Alliance
  • Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates
  • Monterey Bay Central Labor Council
  • The GLBT Alliance
  • Democratic Women's Club

Elected Officials (3)

  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
  • Congressman Jimmy Panetta
  • Sheriff Jim Hart

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