Dan Hamburg is a former Democratic Congressman from California as well as the gubernatorial candidate for the Green Party in 1998. Hamburg ran for Mendocino County Supervisor this year and placed first, with 34%. However, since he did not win a majority, the race is headed for a runoff.
The chances for change are slimmer in the much watched 5th District supervisor race, in which candidates to the left and right of liberal appear to be facing a runoff.
Former supervisor and congressman Dan Hamburg had 1,029 votes or about 34 percent, while Mendocino business consultant Wendy Roberts had 908 votes, or 30 percent.
Jim Mastin was in third place with 644 votes, about 21 percent, and former supervisor Norman de Vall came in fourth with 430 votes, or 14 percent.
There are 2,442 ballots awaiting processing in that race.
Hamburg and Roberts said they plan to focus in coming months on the issues and their differences. Both consider themselves liberal, but Hamburg is farther to the left of Roberts.
“I think there’s a tremendous need for a reasonable, balanced person who’s going to stick to the job,” said Roberts, who refers to herself as a “tree-hugging job lover.”
Richard Winger adds: “Mendocino County is on the northern California coast, and formerly had a District Attorney who was a registered Libertarian.”