Damon Connolly was sworn in as the District 1 Supervisor on January 6th, 2015 representing San Rafael and its unincorporated neighborhoods. He was reelected in June 2018 and started his second four-year term in January, 2019.
As a Marin County Supervisor, Damon has been a strong advocate for the values and priorities of our community. He has protected open spaces while increasing the availability of affordable housing. He has set our county on a path toward 100% renewable energy while keeping our fiscal house in order. He has spearheaded our response to homelessness, expanded access to public transit and infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians, and is committed to reducing congestion for those who use our local streets and roads. Because of his leadership, commuters using the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge have seen real relief.
He has an open-door policy in his office and frequently hosts town halls and community meetings to inform and receive input on important issues. To ensure he understands how Marin public transit is performing for frequent riders, he lives one month a year car-free to put our transit to the test. He has developed a reputation as a leader who delivers on his promises.
Prior to serving on the Board of Supervisors, Damon served the residents of District 1 in various capacities: as the Vice Mayor of San Rafael, a two-term San Rafael City Councilmember, former Miller Creek Elementary School District Board President, and former Supervising Deputy California Attorney General. Damon was a founding board member of Marin Clean Energy (MCE), and served as Chair of the Board of Directors from June 2011 to November 2014.
Through his seven years as a City Council member, Damon worked hard to sustain the city’s vibrant local economy, protect vital public services, and balance the budget. He made City Hall more responsive to the needs of San Rafael’s neighborhoods. He helped expand transportation options for local residents and worked to reduce San Rafael’s contribution to climate change. He served as a leader on the Green Ribbon Committee that developed San Rafael’s Climate Change Action Plan, the first to be adopted by a Marin city. He also helped San Rafael adopt a model green-ordinance with some of the toughest green-building standards in America.
Before opening his own law practice in San Rafael, Damon was a Supervising Deputy California Attorney General, prosecuting the energy companies that gouged our state during the energy crisis of 2000-2001.
He currently serves on the Marin County Board of Supervisors, the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, Marin County Housing Authority, and Marin County Open Space District. He is Marin’s representative on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. He is President of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay, and Chair of Marin Transit.
A Bay Area native, Damon attended college and law school at UC Berkeley. He has lived in San Rafael for the past twenty-two years with his wife, Dawn, and their two daughters.
As President of the Board of Supervisors in 2018, he invited youth to speak during each meeting, sharing their thoughts, concerns and perspectives. He believes that getting youth engaged in their government will help to develop the leaders who will shape the future and provide important input to today's policy-makers.
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The first district covers the greater San Rafael area including most of the downtown business district and Central San Rafael neighborhoods, but excluding Gerstle Park (District 2) and the Canal (District 4). The district runs east of Highway 101 including the Point San Pedro Road peninsula and the Loch Lomond, Glenwood and Peacock Gap neighborhoods, and the unincorporated neighborhoods of Bay View and Country Club.
The district goes north to the hill south of Hamilton which separates Novato from the San Rafael sphere of influence, covering the Terra Linda part of San Rafael and the unincorporated neighborhoods of Marinwood, Lucas Valley, Los Ranchitos, and Santa Venetia.