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Mike Thompson Still Your Congressman? Not For Long

Healdsburg and points north will be in new coastal congressional district outside Rep. Thompson's Napa Valley home

The state’s 1st Congressional District, represented since 1998 by Mike Thompson (D-St. Helena), has being redrawn by the state redistricting commission in a way that excludes Thompson from its borders.

Thompson will now be in the new fifth congressional district, which includes parts of Sonoma County such as Santa Rosa, but not Windsor, Healdsburg or neighboring communities.

The plan, the result of the state-wide California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved by voters in the 2010 election, redraws several districts statewide, but the splitting of Sonoma County in Thompson’s new district is of particular interest to local residents, as noted in a story this week in the Healdsburg Tribune.

“Healdsburg is one of the most charming and beautiful towns that I have had the honor to represent,” Thompson said this week. “I am saddened that the Redistricting Commission chose to separate Healdsburg and Windsor from the rest of Sonoma County in the new district. The lines don’t change until the next election and I will continue to work tirelessly for all of Sonoma County.”

Several candidates are in the running for the newly formed district, which generally runs from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, with exceptions in the Santa Rosa area. At present there are three announced candidates from Marin County, including State Assemblyman Jared Huffman, political activist Norman Solomon, and Marin County Supervisor Susan Adams.

Petaluma City Councilwoman Tiffany Renee has also announced her intention to run for congress in the district.

Ann Carranza August 19, 2011 at 06:38 AM
Well, actually the districts change with the next election in 2012, Christian, so Congressman Mike Thompson IS our congressional representative until that time.
Keven Barnes December 13, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Mike Thompson has failed to investigate the corrupt contracting officers operating in Kuwait where his constuents businesses operate. Mike Thompson has failed to find out why the U.S. Government is owed $ 50 + Million in a Qui Tam case that never had any witnesses interviewed. Bottom line - Mike Thompson is allowing the corruption to continue in the Middle East and has been sitting on his hands for the last 5 years and condoning it.

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