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.
In the city of Sonoma, eight candidates have taken out papers to run for three seats. Two incumbents are seeking re-election, Ken Brown and Steve Barbose, while Councilman Aug Sebastiani is stepping down.
Two of three incumbents on the Sonoma City Council will seek reelection in November, along with a newcomer who has filed papers to run for office. But one well-known incumbent is walking away from City Hall. See who’s in – and who’s out.