Nine candidates, only one seat
By Gabriele Fellows
The spirit of democracy was alive and well Thursday night almost 300 miles from Sacramento.
A Congressional Candidate Forum was held at the Fortuna High School gym on March 1st where prospective office seekers spoke their peace to a zealious crowd of individuals.
A total of nine ambitious souls from all walks of life are vying for the freshly formed 2nd Congressional district which now includes Marin and parts of Sonoma County near the coast.
The California Redistricting Commission combined the 1st and 6th districts due to the retirement of Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey.
Properly aligned on stage facing a crowd of voters from all demographics, each candidate briefly introduced themselves and spoke about their diverse experience.
Four questions were posted to each candidate with a one minute window for response. Questions were provided ahead of time to help elicit succinct answers.
More than half of the candidates are from the Marin area and either hold political offices or are well healed elements of the private sector.