An unusual contested race for county offices

Sonoma County voters are being asked to do something in the June 3 election that they have never done before — decide between two candidates for county auditor-controller-treasurer-tax-collector.

It has been 20 years since voters last saw a contest for county auditor-controller, and 16 years since they last selected between two candidates for treasurer-tax collector.

The two jobs were consolidated in 2006 under Rod Dole, the longtime auditor-controller. After his retirement in 2011, the Board of Supervisors appointed David Sundstrom, the former auditor-controller of Orange County.

Now Sundstrom, a career government official with little local name recognition, faces a challenge from Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky, a better-known but polarizing political figure who enjoys a sizable fundraising advantage.

To date the contest has generated little public buzz, but with the first of two planned debates Wednesday in Cotati, and both candidates sharpening their rhetoric, that may be about to change.

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