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North Coast Democrats cruise in legislative races

Clockwise, from upper left: Jared Huffman, Wes Chesbro, Noreen Evans and Michael Allen


North Coast Democrats held big leads in three Assembly races and one state Senate contest Tuesday night with more than half of the votes counted.

Democrats Noreen Evans, Michael Allen, Wes Chesbro and Jared Huffman averaged more than 60 percent of the votes, with most absentee ballots and the majority of precincts reporting.

“I think California is going to be very different than the rest of the country,” said Chesbro, whose opponent identified herself with the Tea Party. “People in California want practical solutions, and they see Democrats as the party of practical solutions.”

Democrats were heavily favored in the North Coast legislative districts, where there are five Democratic voters for every two Republicans.

Evans, a three-term Assembly member from Santa Rosa, will take over the 2nd Senate District seat being vacated by Sen. Pat Wiggins, D-Santa Rosa. Evans defeated Republican Lawrence Wiesner, a Santa Rosa accountant, 63 percent to 37 percent with all precincts reporting.

The sprawling North Coast Senate district stretches from Sonoma and Santa Rosa to Humboldt County, including Mendocino, Lake and Napa counties, and a portion of Solano.

Allen, a former Sonoma County labor union official, aide to Wiggins and Santa Rosa planning commissioner, will succeed Evans in the Assembly’s 7th District, which includes Santa Rosa and Napa. He won 64 percent of the vote, with all precincts reporting. Republican Doris Gentry, a Napa businesswoman, received 32 percent of the vote and Libertarian Kathryn Moore, a sales associate from Santa Rosa, took 4 percent.

Chesbro, a former state senator from Arcata, won his second term in the Assembly, representing the North Coast’s First District.

He defeated Republican Karen Brooks, a businesswoman from Bayside, 61 percent to 39 percent.

Huffman, a San Rafael attorney, won his third term in the Sixth Assembly District, covering Marin and southern Sonoma counties. He defeated Republican businessman Bob Stephens of San Rafael 70 percent to 30 percent.

The four Democrats swamped their rivals in campaign fundraising and spending. Since the beginning of the year, they’ve spent more than $1 million, compared to $141,658 by their GOP opponents.

But the three incumbents used much of their money to help other Democrats in tight races in other parts of the state. Chesbro, Evans and Huffman donated tens of thousands to candidates for statewide, legislative and local offices, as well as the Democratic Party.

9 Responses to “North Coast Democrats cruise in legislative races”

  1. RodgerV says:

    It is so sad that the North Coast did not wake up and see that California is so close to dead that new leadership with JOB experience is needed. We are the big losers with this election.

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  2. Graeme Wellington says:

    The big winner is Rush Limbaugh:


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  3. So happy for the North Bay! We have a great team representing us. I am especially thankful that the people practicing the politics of hate,deception and personal attacks were unsuccessful in their efforts to defeat a great man and a real community leader. Congratulations to Michael Allen, Noreen Evans Lynn Woolsey, Jared Huffman and Wes Chesbro!

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  4. Political Scientist says:

    I definitely share some of the sentiments on here. I’m so incredibly happy to see the best candidate, and best person, win the election. Congratulations Michael Allen, you overcame a wave of hatred put forth by a number of individuals and have come out on top.

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  5. Jim says:

    I guess it’s time to go eat crow.

    Hopefully now that Noreen and Company have all they wanted she can stop scapegoating everyone and start fixing the state. Things are about to get interesting in California for sure.

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  6. Really Big Fish says:

    The democrats have had control of the northcoast and California for many years. Now California and the northcoast are a financial and cultural mess. The state and many counties and cities are only holding off on bankruptcy by borrowing more money to pay for unfunded liabilities to pay for unions and entitlemnt programs. The majority of the public taxpayers are paying more taxes just so the unions can have outlandish benefits. Sounds like leadership to me.

    I am waiting to see the “practical solutions” to bankruptcy, rising crime,eliminating California and the north coast of Mexican gangs and drug cartels ruining our lands and killing people over pot, creating sustainanle private jobs, less taxation, less fees, cleaner highways, saving our once great education system from utter failure, illegal immigration that is destroying everything in its path, and many others. All situations that the progrsssive democrats have caused. This election clearly shows the democrats in particular are controlled by the unions and the entitlement blood suckers.

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  7. Ken Sportini says:

    Welcome to the newcomer! What a great team to be repping the North Bay!

    Definitely a bright note in this election.

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    @ Rose Kay Hogan

    Gracious and mature,as only liberals can be.You must be among the army of takers that have brought California to the verge of bankruptcy.
    What will you do when you’ve killed the golden goose?

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  9. Rose Kay Hogan says:

    Neener neener! Michael ALlen is the winner!

    The campaign of deception, smears and personal attacks didn’t work!

    Yay! Michael!

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