By KEVIN McCALLUM
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Voters favored incumbents in three state legislative races representing various parts of the North Coast.
Final returns gave veteran lawmaker Wes Chesbro, D-Arcata, almost three times as many votes as Guerneville activist Tom Lynch in their race to represent the revamped 2nd Assembly District.
Chesbro came away with 64 percent to Lynch’s 23.2 percent.
The two Democrats, neither of whom did any significant campaigning, now advance to a November runoff.
The newly drawn North Coast assembly district plunges deeper into Sonoma County, picking up half of Santa Rosa, losing Sebastopol and Lake County, and remaining unchanged in Mendocino, Humboldt, Trinity and Del Norte counties.
Eliminated from the race were challenger and Green activist Pamela Elizondo, with 8.6 percent of the vote, and Firenz Xuan Pini, a Democrat, with 4.3 percent.
In another contest largely unaffected by the state’s new top-two primary system, Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, held a wide lead over her Republican challenger John Munn, also from Davis.
The two are vying to represent the new 4th Assembly District, which covers parts of Solano, Napa and Lake counties and slides westward to include a small chunk of Sonoma County, including parts of Rohnert Park and the Sonoma Valley.
Yamada received 60.2 percent of the vote to Munn’s 39.8 percent.
Both will advance to the fall election, as well.
And it wasn’t much of the race for Democrat state Sen. Lois Wolk of Davis, who ran unopposed in the new 3rd Senate District, which includes Rohnert Park, Cotati, Petaluma and Sonoma.