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Nov. 6 Election: Who's In, Who's Out

The filing period for the Nov. 6 election begins today, July 16. Here's a look at what seats are up for election.

For voters in Marin and throughout the U.S., this fall's Nov. 6 election has a ton of importance. But while supporters of President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney see this election's as a blockbuster for good reason, there aren't a plethora of local races.

But as the filing period opens today, July 16, there's plenty to chew on locally and regionally. For one, there's the race to fill the big shoes of the retiring Rep. Lynn Woolsey and represent Marin and much of the North Bay in the 2nd District in U.S. Congress.

There isn't anything specific to Novato on the ticket — no openings on the Novato City Council or special district boards and no school parcel tax (the current one runs through 2015).

Over the next few weeks, we'll let you know as candidates file papers. The filing period ends Aug. 10.

Here's our start on the candidates and issues we'll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.

2nd Congressional District: Democratic state Assemblyman Jared Huffman and Republican investment exec Dan Roberts, a Tiburon resident, are set to square off for the right to succeed the and represent Marin and much of the North Bay in Congress.

10th state Assembly District: San Rafael City Council member  and state Assemblyman and new San Rafael resident  were the two top vote getters in the June 5 open primary.

Marin Healthcare District - Two seats for the board that oversees the nonprofit entity that owns Marin General Hospital are up for election in the fall.

Novato Camper July 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM
incumbent Michael Allen the only man who can do the job
Trent Anderson July 17, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Go to this web site and have a look. Write yourself in and vote for yourself as President this November. www.vote4yourself.com Think of what a statement this would make.
Steven Norwin July 17, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Terrible advice Mr. Trent Anderson. It would be the most idiotic thing to do in such a crucial election.
Trent Anderson July 17, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Well, unfortunately NO ONE President has EVER fixed all of the problems, no matter which party they are in. The entire governmental system is corrupt. I don't know exactly how to fix it, but until WE THE PEOPLE take control again, it will continue to be a mess. We are NOT United, we are Divided.
Trent Anderson July 18, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Also, while this election may be crucial to some, to me...it is just another contest, and likely it will NOT matter in the long run who gets elected. We have had problems over and over again in the past with Presidents who have been naughty and done stupid things...e.g. Clinton, Nixon, Bush, Reagan, etc. etc. etc...and while Obama seems to be a fairly normal human, like others he has not solved all of the problems we face. So, what are we going to do, elect a moron who has to wear sacred underwear, and believes that when he dies he will go to his own planet with 72 virgins? Oh, I guess that will fix all of the problems here in the Divided States of Amerigo Vesphcci. Huh?
Gretta C. July 18, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Do you like him because he is bought and paid for by Sacramento?
Gretta C. July 18, 2012 at 04:23 AM
The county of Marin is so corrupt, they are probably fixing the polls. After all, they want mail in ballots. Well if you see a ballot that is mailed in by let's say: Michael Savage, you probably know he is not going to be voting Democrat, so his ballot could just disappear. Do we really know if it is low voter turn out in Novato or have "they" cooked the books?
Tina McMillan July 23, 2012 at 09:00 AM
http://www.levineforassembly.com/ June 6, 2012 Contact: Leo Wallach (415) 413-7051 Marc Levine Shows Strength in Primary Election Result "Marc Levine, a San Rafael City Councilman and candidate in the 10thAssembly District, enjoyed a strong result in last night’s primary election. Levine successfully achieved a top-two finish and was the top vote-getter in Marin County. Levine’s main opponent, Assemblyman Michael Allen, who recently moved to Marin to run in the 10thDistrict, was boosted with an $800,000 campaign. But Levine held Allen to only 30 percent of the vote, just a handful of points ahead of Levine, who now moves to the general election in a strong position to win in November. At the outset of this campaign, no one gave us much of a chance to succeed as a local voice running against the Sacramento establishment. But we have succeeded. Local voters have rejected Sacramento’s attempt to choose their legislator. I’m gratified to advance to November as the top local choice,” said Levine. “I want to thank my grassroots supporters, the many elected officials and community leaders across the district who endorsed me, and most of all the voters of Marin and Sonoma for this show of support. Throughout the primary campaign, Levine enjoyed broad support from across the 10thDistrict. He was endorsed by the Marin Independent Journal and the Press Democrat, the largest newspapers based in Marin and Sonoma Counties. …"
Tina McMillan July 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Same article more information... "The letter stated, "Your actions violated the Act because you failed to report your spouse's income from a private school on both your city council Statement of Economic Interests, as well as your Assembly candidate's Statement of Economic Interests." Levine said, "I take full responsibility, and I corrected the forms last month." Levine filed a new Statement of Economic Interests with the city of San Rafael. In that filing, Levine reported that his wife, Wendy Morris Levine, earns between $10,000 and $100,000 as director of development for Saint Mark's School in San Rafael. Levine said when he ran for City Council in 2009 he mistakenly believed that because his wife works for a school district that her employment existed outside the San Rafael jurisdiction. Candidates are only required to report income derived from businesses that are based or operating in the jurisdiction where they are seeking office. Levine told the Fair Political Practices Commission that he inadvertently repeated the error when he filed the Statement of Economic Interests for his Assembly race in March. Since that is a state office, he was required to report income earned anywhere in the state."
Tina McMillan July 23, 2012 at 05:46 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Allen_%28California_politician%29 "Michael Allen (born January 2, 1947, Los Angeles, California) is an American politician currently serving in the California State Assembly. He is a Democrat representing the 7th district, encompassing Napa County and parts of Solano and Sonoma counties. Prior to being elected to the state assembly, he was a member of the Santa Rosa Planning Commission and District Director for then-State Senator Pat Wiggins." http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120507/opinion/120509624?p=2&tc=pg "Allen was a strong supporter of much-needed legislation to improve worker safety at state hospitals and deserves praise for sponsoring legislation to create tuition relief for middle-class families. But given Allen's close ties to labor groups — and his support for AB 506 — we remain unconvinced about his commitment to pension reform. If he and other lawmakers come through with a meaningful reform package later this summer, we might be persuaded otherwise."
Tina McMillan July 23, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Allen has been serving on the California Assembly as the representative of the 7th district. After redrawing boundaries his district no longer existed so that he had to find a new one, therefore the move to San Rafael. Allen represents the interests of the unions that support his campaign. Like it or not we must look at reform throughout our system of state and local government or go the way of cities like Stockton. The IJ supported Marc Levine in his candidacy because he had the courage to stand up to Assembly Speaker Perez and challenge Allen's bid for our district. We have the next few months to continue to examine the posture taken by various candidates already in office. During the primaries Allen did a flip flop on the Graton Rancheria Casino. Once it was a sure thing he voted against it. He had supported it for eight years. It's this kind of political maneuvering that should be a red flag to voters about a candidates integrity. From where I stand Sacramento and our state legislature have done a horrible job of addressing the fiscal crisis that continues to bludgeon our state. Retaining Allen in his current role but with a different district means more of the same. Allen will continue to support his biggest donors and we the people will be left paying exorbitant taxes on a broken system. Levine had the courage to stand up to Allen and was endorsed by the IJ.

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