Lucas Frerichs – Yolo County Supervisor for District 2
Frerichs has an impressive history in public service, having served as staffer to four Assemblymembers and Associate Director of State Policy at The Nature Conservancy. Additionally, in 2012 he graduated from UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education’s Land Use and Environmental Planning Certificate Program.
Frerichs believes government can make a significant impact in people’s lives, and is dedicated to being an effective public leader and advocate. He strives to be an ardent champion for public engagement.
Early Life and Education
Lucas Frerichs was elected by voters to represent Yolo County District 2 in 2022 and serves as its representative, covering Davis, Winters, the University of California at Davis and rural land in southwestern Yolo. As such he serves as an advocate for smart growth strategies like multimodal transportation networks, smart growth planning strategies, public safety solutions, economic development projects and environmental sustainability in Yolo County.
One of the key changes he has implemented during his term has been altering how commissioners are selected. Where previously they would receive an application binder and sort through applications themselves, now candidates are interviewed ahead of time and chosen as commissioners.
He has made it a priority to increase the number of affordable housing units in Davis. Furthermore, he is an enthusiastic champion for environmental preservation, education and social justice issues.
Lucas Frerichs first ran for Davis City Council eight years ago citing three principles as his guide: courage, commitment and collaboration. Since becoming part of the council he has put these values into action.
At Davis, he served on the Planning Commission, while also sitting on the Davis Food Co-op board and Sacramento Area Council of Governments’s Valley Clean Energy – Yolo County’s clean energy provider.
Frerichs serves as a member of Yolo County’s Council of Governments, where he advocates for smart growth, multimodal transportation, public safety and environmental sustainability in District 2. This area includes Davis and Winters as well as rural parts of Yolo County southwestern portion.
Achievement and Honors
Lucas Frerichs ran for Davis City Council eight years ago with three principles in mind – courage, commitment and collaboration. He believed the city council lacked enough courage in standing up for their beliefs while being committed to serving local boards and non-profits; also that more collaborative skills should be put forth so as to work effectively together as a team.
He counts cofounding Valley Clean Energy, the locally governed clean energy provider serving Davis, Woodland and unincorporated areas of Yolo County; working on projects with colleagues such as Yolo-Davis Surface Water Project and new wastewater treatment plant in Winters as his greatest accomplishments. In addition, he applauds an increased emphasis on climate change issues and affordable housing throughout Yolo County as among his key accomplishments.
Frerichs was appointed to the board last year following his victory in a special election to replace longtime Yolo County Supervisor Don Saylor. His district encompasses Davis and Winters cities as well as UC Davis campus as well as rural land in Southwestern Yolo County.
Frerichs made affordable housing a top priority during his 2012 campaign for Davis City Council, and stated his hopes to continue this work on the council if elected this time around.
He emphasized the need for high-quality water supplies and noted that Yolo County and City have collaborated on water infrastructure projects.
Frerichs serves as both treasurer and bipartisan leader on the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers executive and long-range planning committees. He has championed consumers by returning over $1.6 billion in forgotten cash and stocks to them; and enhanced Illinois Bright Start college savings program so it became one of the best programs nationwide according to independent analyst Morningstar.
Lucas Frerichs was introduced to local government at an early age through his grandfather who served as Yolo County Supervisor. Lucas learned the impactful impact that public service can have on people’s lives and became dedicated to serving his community.
He currently represents District 3 on Davis City Council and has also participated in Davis Planning Commission and Innovation Park Task Force activities. In addition, he sits on the boards for Davis Media Access and Saving California Communities.
Frerichs is running for Yolo County Supervisor in District 2, covering Davis and Winters cities as well as UC Davis campus and rural land in Yolo County southwestern region. As an advocate of public safety, multimodal transportation, and economic development he strongly promotes these issues.