March 2021

Get to Know the Town of Windsor Councilmembers

Many California cities have adopted dividing their city into districts due to the California Voting Rights Act of 2001. The Town of Windsor recently adopted this district system, and it is currently in the process of fully implementing the system. The Town of Windsor is divided into 4 Districts that eventually each Town Councilmember will represent. Currently only District 3 is represented in this new system. In the upcoming election in November 2022 the remaining 3 Districts will be represented. The term expirations of the Council members are staggered so that not all terms expire at the same time. The Town Council will have the Mayor oversee all of Windsor with 4 Councilmembers representing 4 Districts. 

On May 4th, 2021, The Town of Windsor is holding a special election in order to elect a new at-large Councilmember for an unfulfilled term expiring in December 2022. This vacancy was due to the election of Dominic Foppoli to the At-large Mayoral seat. This special election will be held wholly by mail. The candidates running for the fifth Councilmember spot for The Town of Windsor are:

  • Oscar Chavez -   Democrat
  • Julia Donoho –   Democrat
  • Jeffrey Leasure – Republican
  • Rosa Reynoza –  Democrat
  • Cody Wilson –    Democrat

One of these candidates will be joining the Town of Windsor Councilmembers

Mayor Dominic Foppoli was elected to the Town Council in 1994 and was newly elected as Mayor in November 2020. His background is in business as he holds an MBA in wine business and a Bachelor's Degree in political science and government. Dominic is co-founder and owner of Foppoli Wines, Benevolo Wines and Windsor's own Old Redwood Brewing Company. He is a Former Chair of the Windsor Planning Commission, a member of the Board of Directors for the Mayors and Council Members' Association of Sonoma County Legislative Committee as well as on the Board of Directors as an alternate for the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District. 

Currently, Mayor Foppoli is up for re-election in 2022. He is registered as a Democrat. You can email Mayor Foppoli at

Vice Mayor Sam Salmon was elected in 1994. He is an Attorney and still has a practice in Windsor. His community involvement includes being a Chair for the Sonoma County Land Use Commission.  He served as President of the Sonoma County Bar Association in 1998 and was a Board Member on the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic Committee.

His Town Council assignments have him involved in the Alternate Sonoma Clean Power Board. He is a member of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority/Regional Climate Protection Authority Board of Directors, the Alternate Water Advisory Committee, an acting member of the Sonoma County Health Action Committee, involved in the Sonoma County Airport Land Use Commission as well as an Alternate of the Public Art Advisory Commission

Vice Mayor Salmon is up for re-election in 2022. He is a registered Democrat. You can email Vice Mayor Salmon at

Councilmember Debora Fudge was first elected in 1996 and since she was recently re-elected in 2020, she is the only current Councilmember that represents the newly formed districts. She represents District 3. She has previously worked for PG & E and is currently an activist in voicing her opinions on the climate as she is a Climate Reality Project Leader and a Consultant for Climate Energy and the Environment. She is a LEED accredited Professional and earned a Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management, a Bachelor’s in Community Conservation Education and a Master’s in Environmental Planning.

As part of her Council assignments, she is a Board Member for the SMART Train. She is also a Board Member for the Santa Rosa Groundwater Sustainability Agency and is an Alternate Board Member for Sonoma Clean Power, Sonoma County Water Agency Advisory Committee and Sonoma County Waste Management. 

Deborah Fudge is up for re-election in 2024. She is registered as a Democrat and can be reached by emailing her at

Councilmember Esther Lemus was first elected in 2018. She was a Windsor School Board member prior to becoming a Councilmember. She earned a degree in law from UCLA and became a Deputy District Attorney in Berkeley, CA.  As Deputy District Attorney she was assigned to Domestic Violence Treatment Court, Mental Health Treatment Court and worked with “Safe Neighborhoods D.A.” which focused on community crime prevention and outreach. She has been active in programs to prevent truancy and keep kids in school. She is active in working with organizations that keeps children out of gangs and work to prevent gun violence.

Esther Lemus is up for re-election in 2022. She is a registered Democrat. She can be reached by emailing her at

Council and Commission meetings are broadcast live on cable television (Comcast Channel 27 and AT&T U-verse Channel 99) from the Town of Windsor Council Chambers located at 9291 Old Redwood Highway, Bldg. 400, Windsor, CA 95492. You can go to the Town of Windsor Website to view upcoming meeting and agendas here.  Click on the “Agenda” tab located at the bottom of the page under “Upcoming Events.” This will give you an overview of the meeting and has instructions if you wish to tune in to a live meeting via Zoom.


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