North Coast congressional candidates on same page

Five Democrats seeking to represent the North Coast in Congress agreed on the big issues — war, jobs, health care, marriage equality, supporting a commuter rail project, protecting the environment and defending organized labor — at a forum Tuesday night in Petaluma.

"There are many good Democrats in this race. You're not going to hear a lot of differences," said Susan Adams, a Marin County supervisor, at the close of the 90-minute forum in the Petaluma City Council chambers.

2nd Congressional District debate


Assemblyman Jared Huffman of San Rafael, San Rafael businesswoman Stacey Lawson, Petaluma City Councilwoman Tiffany Renee and Marin activist Norman Solomon also participated in the forum, sponsored by the Sonoma County Young Democrats.

The five are competing in a wide-open race for the congressional seat representing a district stretching from Marin County to the Oregon border, excluding Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey's announced retirement in 2012 created an open race for the first time in 20 years.

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