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.