Finally, some heat in the 2nd Congressional race

SAN RAFAEL — The gloves came off in a North Coast congressional candidates' forum Tuesday night as two of the Democrats assailed fellow Marin County candidate Stacey Lawson over her voting record and business background.

Norman Solomon, a West Marin activist and author, noted that Lawson, a political newcomer, had failed to vote in two-thirds of recent elections and said she brought "massive amounts of money" from corporate allies into the campaign.

Speaking next, Susan Adams, a Marin County supervisor, challenged Lawson's business record, including an allegation that one of the firms she headed, Chelsey Henry Inc. of Seattle, failed to fully pay its payroll taxes.

"Is this the kind of economic policy we need?" Adams said.

In response, Lawson said it was "definitely a mistake" not to have voted in the elections. "I was disenfranchised," she said, describing her feeling at the time that the political system was "not the answer."

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