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.

Rep. Lynn Woolsey's retirement this year, after the Petaluma Democrat's 20 years in office, set the stage for a free-for-all in the new coastal district, which stretches from Marin County to the Oregon border, excluding Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, Cotati and Sonoma Valley.

The competing Democrats are:

Susan Adams, Marin County supervisor, San Rafael; Andy Caffrey, activist, Redway in Humboldt County; William Courtney, physician, Mendocino; Larry Fritzlan, therapist, Mill Valley; Jared Huffman, state assemblyman, San Rafael; Stacey Lawson, educator and businesswoman, San Rafael; Tiffany Renee, Petaluma city councilwoman; and Norman Solomon, activist, Point Reyes Station.

The Republicans are:

Michael Halliwell, retired college professor, Cotati; and Daniel Roberts, securities broker, Mill Valley.

No party preference candidates:

Brooke Clarke, business owner, Ukiah; and John Lewallen, business owner, Philo.

Vote by mail ballots will be sent out in early May.

You can reach Staff Writer Guy Kovner at 521-5457 or guy.kovner@pressdemocrat.com.

Largest North Coast Wildfires

2017-Tubbs fire- approximately 36,432 acres in Sonoma and Napa Counties. 92% contained as of Oct. 19.


2017-Nuns Fire- approximately 54 thousand acres- 34,398 in Sonoma County and 20,025 in Napa county. 80% contained as of Oct. 19.


2017-Atlas Fire- approximately 51,624 acres in Napa and Sonoma Counties. 85% contained as of Oct. 19.


2017-Redwood Fire- approximately 36,523 acres in Mendocino County. 85% contained as of Oct. 19.


2017-Pocket Fire-approximately 14,225 acres in Sonoma County. 63% contained as of Oct. 19.


2017-Sulphur Fire-approximately 2,207 acres in Lake County. 96% contained as of Oct. 19.


(TOTAL North Bay fires as of Oct. 18.- 195,434 acres)

2015- Valley Fire burnt 76,067 acres in Lake County. A total of 1,955 structures were destroyed.

2012- North Pass Fire- approximately 41,983 acres in Mendocino County.

2004- Rumsey fire- 39,138 acres in Napa and Yolo counties.

1996- Fork fire, the largest fire on record, burned through approximately 83,057 acres in Lake County. Much of the devastation was focused in the Mendocino National Forest.

1981- Atlas Peak Fire- approximately 23 thousand acres in Napa County.

1981- Cow Mountain Fire- approximately 25,534 acres in Lake and Mendocino counties.

1964- Hanly Fire- approximately 52,700 acres in Sonoma and Napa Counties. 84 homes, 24 summer cabins and countless farm buildings destroyed including the historic Tubbs Mansion.

1964- Nunns Canyon- approximately 7,000 acres in Sonoma County.

-Source: CAL Fire