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New political maps force area politicians to adjust plans

New political district maps approved on Monday will color the race to replace Rep. Lynn Woolsey and prompt 7th District Assemblyman Michael Allen to move to advance his political career.

The new maps certified by the state's voter-created citizens commission stretch Woolsey's 6th District — formerly a compact Marin-Sonoma package — to the Oregon border and rename it the 2nd District.

"One big difference is I'll be spending a lot more time in the car," said Norman Solomon, one of four candidates for Woolsey's seat.

Most of the 2nd District's new area was carved out of Rep. Mike Thompson's 1st District, which is renamed the 5th District.

Thompson, D-St. Helena, on Monday said he will run for re-election in the entirely inland 5th District, which includes Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park.


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