Imagine a Republican county supervisor from Crescent City winning the North Coast seat in Congress and holding onto it for 20 years. That’s what happened when Don Clausen, a World War II veteran, won the 1962 election in a district that stretched — as it does now, with some variations — from Marin County to Oregon. But that area of rugged coastline and liberal-leaning voters now has no Republicans in Congress or the Legislature, nor does any GOP candidate have a shouting chance of success in today’s election.
Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman is a safe bet to win the North Coast seat in Congress in the Nov. 6 election, filling the vacancy created by Rep. Lynn Woolsey’s retirement after 20 years on Capitol Hill.
Huffman, who is termed out of his Sonoma-Marin County Assembly seat, picked up Woolsey’s endorsement after dominating the June primary with 37.5 percent of the vote in a 12-candidate race.
A small crowd turned out Wednesday night to hear congressional candidates, Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Republican Dan Roberts, debate at the Sebastopol Community Center.
The audience of about two dozen community members submitted questions on topics that ranged from local river stewardship to foreign policy at the 90-minute debate hosted by the League of Women Voters Sonoma County and Sonoma County Water Coalition.
Huffman, who is termed out of the Assembly, and Roberts, a political newcomer, were the top two vote-getters in the June primary.
Democrat Jared Huffman and Republican Dan Roberts, candidates for the North Coast congressional seat, will square off tonight in a debate in Sebastopol. Hosted by the League of Women Voters Sonoma County and Sonoma County Water Coalition, the forum will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St.
Assemblyman Jared Huffman of San Rafael said he revised his congressional campaign biography to clarify his role on the USA Volleyball Team in 1987, but dismissed the episode as ‘petty politics’ over an issue from 25 years ago. ‘Frankly, this is silly stuff,’ said Huffman, the Democratic nominee for Congress representing the North Coast and likely winner in November’s runoff against Republican Dan Roberts.
Republican Dan Roberts emerged Tuesday as the second-place winner in the North Coast congressional race, edging Democrat Norman Solomon by 173 votes and earning a place in the November runoff. The outcome had remained uncertain three weeks after the June 5 primary, largely due to a slow vote tally in Sonoma County.
California’s proposed $1-a-pack cigarette tax lost by less than a percentage point on Friday, while a North Coast congressional race still hung in the balance as Sonoma County accounted for 23 percent of the state’s untallied ballots. Sonoma County was one of 14 counties still counting ballots from the June 5 primary election, with 25,350 of the state’s 111,472 uncounted ballots, according to state figures. ‘Still counting, still feeding cards through,’ county elections chief Janice Atkinson said. ‘It’s just a slow process.’
Democrat Norman Solomon has closed within about 600 votes of Republican Dan Roberts, leaving their race for second place in the North Coast congressional district undecided two weeks after the June 5 primary election. Whoever eventually claims the second spot will face Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, in a November run-off to fill the vacancy left by retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma.
Retiring Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, on Thursday endorsed Assemblyman Jared Huffman of San Rafael as her successor in the House of Representatives. Woolsey, who is stepping down after 20 years in office, said that Huffman is ‘that rare public servant with both the courage of his convictions and the ability to work constructively to get things done. He is both a principled progressive and an effective coalition-builder. His victory this fall would allow me to leave office knowing that the North Coast is in capable hands, with a representative that truly reflects our district’s values.’
Is Assemblyman Jared Huffman the next congressman from the North Coast? The San Rafael Democrat’s path to Capitol Hill is clear if Republican Dan Roberts holds onto second place and gets into November’s runoff against Huffman, who finished first in Tuesday’s primary election. But it’s a different story if Norman Solomon overtakes Roberts as tens of thousands of uncounted votes are tallied over the next four weeks.