12 candidates running for new North Coast congressional seat

The first wide-open race for a North Coast seat in Congress in 20 years has drawn a crowd of a dozen candidates, elections officials said.

There will be eight Democrats, two Republicans and two no party preference candidates on the June 5 primary election ballot in the new 2nd Congressional District.

And for the first time in state history, all voters will receive a ballot with all of the candidates in every partisan race, except for president and county central committee, and the top two vote-getters will move on to November's general election.

The top two, open primary election system was approved by state voters in 2010.

It replaces a system in which primary voting was by partisan ballots and the top vote-getter in each qualified political party moved on to the general election.

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