About Don

Saylor-Family-Photo.jpgDon Saylor is running for Assembly in District 4, because he wants all Californians to thrive.  Saylor currently serves on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors representing the cities of Davis and Winters, the campus of the University of California at Davis, and the farming areas in southwestern Yolo County. Before joining the Board of Supervisors in 2011, he served as Mayor and City Council Member for the City of Davis from 2004-10 and as a Trustee of the Davis Joint Unified School District from 1995-2003.

As a Supervisor, Saylor fights to strengthen our community’s safety net.  He expanded health coverage to more than 2000 low-income residents, strengthened mental health care, and improved ambulance services. He launched Yolo Food Connect to fight hunger and strengthen the agricultural economy.  He has worked to protect our communities through smarter crime policies, including improved jail facilities, increased electronic monitoring of those on parole and targeting repeat offenders by providing rehabilitative drug and mental health.

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On the Davis City Council, Saylor helped establish sound fiscal policies that created a 15% General Fund reserve and launched economic development strategies that brought new companies to the area and enhanced the vitality of the downtown area.  Don was a key leader in the creation of the Woodland-Davis Clean Water Agency that will improve local water quality and reliability for 120,000 people.   He pushed for a visionary affordable housing plan and championed the building of five housing projects with more than 230 units for seniors, mental health consumers and low-income families.

Prior to his time on the City Council, Saylor served as the President and Trustee of the School Board for the Davis Joint Unified School District.  He helped the district construct three new schools, modernize all schools, and implement academic programs to support reading instruction, improve special education services, and create stronger learning opportunities in music, language, arts, math and science.  

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Don continues to help his community by coordinating annual “Soups On” events. These local events have helped raise money for many worthy groups, including local foster care, food banks, suicide prevention programs, outdoor youth education programs, and support for those dealing with mental illness.

For more than 40 years, Don has served in local government and both the legislative and executive branches of California state government.  Don has chaired the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, the six-county agency responsible for planning and allocating over $35 billion in transportation investments over a 20-year period.  He has also chaired First 5 Yolo and is a member of the statewide Leadership Council of the Cities, Counties, Schools Partnership.

He is a graduate of the University of Wyoming and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Don, a lifelong Democrat, and his wife, Julie, moved to Davis in 1987 to raise their children, Aaron and Kate.  The 4th Assembly District includes Lake and Napa Counties, most of Yolo County, and part of Colusa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties.

 

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