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12 candidates running for new North Coast congressional seat



The first wide-open race for a North Coast seat in Congress in 20 years has drawn a crowd of a dozen candidates, elections officials said.

There will be eight Democrats, two Republicans and two no party preference candidates on the June 5 primary election ballot in the new 2nd Congressional District.

And for the first time in state history, all voters will receive a ballot with all of the candidates in every partisan race, except for president and county central committee, and the top two vote-getters will move on to November’s general election.

The top two, open primary election system was approved by state voters in 2010.

It replaces a system in which primary voting was by partisan ballots and the top vote-getter in each qualified political party moved on to the general election.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey’s retirement this year, after the Petaluma Democrat’s 20 years in office, set the stage for a free-for-all in the new coastal district, which stretches from Marin County to the Oregon border, excluding Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati and Sonoma Valley.

The competing Democrats are:

Susan Adams, Marin County supervisor, San Rafael; Andy Caffrey, activist, Redway in Humboldt County; William Courtney, physician, Mendocino; Larry Fritzlan, therapist, Mill Valley; Jared Huffman, state assemblyman, San Rafael; Stacey Lawson, educator and businesswoman, San Rafael; Tiffany Renee, Petaluma city councilwoman; and Norman Solomon, activist, Point Reyes Station.

The Republicans are:

Michael Halliwell, retired college professor, Cotati; and Daniel Roberts, securities broker, Mill Valley.

No party preference candidates:

Brooke Clarke, business owner, Ukiah; and John Lewallen, business owner, Philo.

Vote by mail ballots will be sent out in early May.

You can reach Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 521-5457 or guy.kovner@pressdemocrat.com.

One Response to “12 candidates running for new North Coast congressional seat”

  1. Living in Paradise says:

    The whole election will come down to two democrats, one of them Huffman, battling it out for the congressional seat. Another victory for the one party district Congressional election process in Sonoma County. One party, one view, one direction of spend, spend, spend and more debt.

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