In Marin / CONVERSATION
The politics and government
columnist for the Marin
Independent Journal knows
what he’s writing about.
BY JIM WOOD
PHOTO BY LENNY GONZALEZ
HE’S BEEN A city councilman, a transportation authority direc- tor and a college foundation president. And, at 71 years old, he’s in the prime of life. He’s
also been a practicing attorney for 44 years.
All of which now informs the writing in his
twice-weekly Marin Independent newspaper
column on Marin politics and government.
For the past 15 years, Richard “Dick”
Spotswood has been transferring his thoughts
from his brain to a blank computer screen on
what makes Marin, and occasionally the State
of California, function, or not. Inquiring minds
always want to know, is he liberal? Or is he
conservative? According to him, the answer is
neither. For years, Spotswood has billed himself
as “the militant centrist” on all political matters. The evidence is unclear: he served a term
as an elected member of the San Francisco
Democratic Central Committee; then again,
he also spent six years as a member of the U. S.
Army Reserves. As for his voting record, he’s
registered as an independent.
After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis
Obispo, Spotswood was admitted to the
California Bar in 1973. Then for 12 years,
starting in 1980, Spotswood was elected
and re-elected twice to the Mill Valley City