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Lack of party affiliation a popular idea, except in California’s election results

Shedding political party labels is increasingly popular among California registered voters, but in casting ballots they are reluctant to pick candidates who do the same.

Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom ‘taking a look’ at Assembly seat

Santa Rosa Councilwoman Erin Carlstrom, who until recently was a candidate for state Senate, now is weighing a bid for the 10th District Assembly seat held by Marc Levine.

Efren Carrillo critics to hold public forums to discuss his arrest

Critics of Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo have announced they will host three public meetings next week to offer his constituents and others a chance to air their opinions of the embattled politician and discuss whether they support removing him from office.

Leaked poll shows Mike McGuire with lead in state Senate race

A leaked poll that appears to show Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire with a commanding lead in the race for the North Coast’s state Senate seat was criticized Tuesday by other candidates as deliberately misleading.

Four county supervisors endorse Healdsburg’s Jim Wood in Assembly race

Healdsburg City Councilman Jim Wood has virtually cornered endorsements from local Democratic leaders in his bid for the Assembly seat representing the North Coast.

Groups considering recall of Supervisor Efren Carrillo

Regardless of how his court case turns out, embattled Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo may face judgment by voters in a recall effort mounted by a powerful labor organization, a liberal political group or a combined effort by both entities.

Little interest, yet, in Noreen Evans’ senate seat

North Coast political circles are all abuzz about who will seek the state Senate seat held by Santa Rosa Democrat Noreen Evans, who announced she will not seek re-election in 2014.

State Sen. Noreen Evans reportedly won’t seek re-election

State Sen. Noreen Evans is expected to announce next week that she will not seek re-election in 2014 and that she instead will return to practicing law once her current term ends, a Sacramento source said Friday.

Labor groups call on Supervisor Efren Carrillo to resign

Two influential labor coalitions Wednesday called for Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo to resign, saying he has displayed ‘a pattern of poor choices and bad behavior’ that have brought ‘shame and discredit’ on the county and that he can no longer effectively represent his district or residents countywide.

Arrest fallout could stall Efren Carrillo’s political career

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s arrest Saturday on suspicion of burglary and prowling is likely to curtail any short-term plans of his to seek higher office and could cut short or limit his career in local government, political observers said Sunday.

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