‘Runoff likely’ for Green former Congressman running in Mendocino County

Former Democratic Congressman Dan Hamburg, who also ran for governor of California as a Green in 1998, is now running for 5th District County Supervisor in Mendocino County.  The county is known for being a place where the spirit of the sixties lives on, with marijuana being its biggest cash crop and, in the words of Hamburg, “more organic acreage” than any county in the United States, among other things.

An article in the Press Democrat says that the June 8 election will almost certainly go into a later runoff:

Mendocino County’s 5th District is awash with well-known, seasoned liberal candidates vying for a seat on the Board of Supervisors, making a November runoff nearly certain.

“The question is who will be in the runoff,” said local political consultant Joe Wildman.

The 5th District candidates on the June 8 primary ballot include Dan Hamburg, a former congressman and county supervisor who made a run for governor on the Green Party ticket in 1998; Norman de Vall, who previously served on the board for 16 years; Jim Mastin, a former Ukiah mayor and onetime candidate for state Assembly; and political newcomer Wendy Roberts, a business consultant.

By 5th District standards, Roberts is considered somewhat conservative, which sets her apart from the other three, Wildman said.

He said he thinks she is likely to be in a runoff, but he wouldn’t offer an opinion on which of the other three would qualify.

“These are three people with long histories in the community,” he said…

Hamburg served on the board from 1981 to 1985. In 1992, he ran for Congress, unseating incumbent Frank Riggs, a Republican. Two years later, Riggs defeated Hamburg to reclaim the seat. Hamburg ran for governor of California on the Green Party ticket in 1998, receiving 1.3 percent of the vote.

6 thoughts on “‘Runoff likely’ for Green former Congressman running in Mendocino County

  1. paulie


    Weed is a city located in Siskiyou County, California. (P: Not Mendocino)


    The town of Weed gets its name from the founder of the local lumber mill and pioneer Abner Weed, who discovered that the area’s strong winds were helpful in drying lumber. In 1897, Abner Weed bought the Siskiyou Lumber and Mercantile Mill and 280 acres (110 ha) of land in what is now the City of Weed, for the sum of $400.[

  2. Ross Levin

    Gotta love Wikipedia. From the entry for Weed, California:

    Adjacent from Weed is Humboldt County where by coincidence the economy is run entirely by Marijuana also known as “weed”

  3. red

    Wildman is a consultant to Jim Mastin. The Democrats asked Dan Hamburg to switch parties to be their guy in this race. When he refused, they put up Mastin, who as a Ukiah resident has no real connection to the 5th district. My bet is that Hamburg wins the primary, with Mastin a weak second, Roberts and de Vall bringing up the rear with <10% each.

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