State Senate hopeful pays visit to Del Norte

By Jessica Cejnar / The Del Norte Triplicate

A Santa Rosa accountant who hopes to represent Del Norte as its state senator visited Crescent City on Wednesday to gather signatures and turn them into the county Elections Office.

Lawrence Wiesner stationed himself just outside the post office and spoke with residents on topics ranging from education reform to gun rights and his position on the Jefferson state effort.

The Republican said he started his journey in Sacramento and wended his way through Weaverville on Tuesday before coming to Crescent City early Wednesday. Once he dropped his signatures off at the elections office,

Wiesner headed south toEureka. On Thursday he paid visits to Lakeport, Ukiah, Santa Rosa and ended his journey in San Rafael.

"When I ran both in 2000 and 2002 for Congress, Del Norte County was part of that district," he said. "I walked the precincts. I've been here before. I like it up here."

Another candidate is Sonoma County Supervisor Mike McGuire, a Democrat. Whoever wins will represent a district with boundaries starting at the Golden Gate Bridge and ending at the Oregon border. District 2 is currently represented by Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, who is not seeking re-election.

Del Norte, which is currently part of State Senate District 4 and is represented by Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, will become part of District 2 in the 2014 election due to redistricting.

Wiesner lost to Evans in the 2010 general election.

Sitting outside the Crescent City post office Wednesday, Wiesner said he probably talked to 200andndash;300 people to ask what issues they were concerned about. In a rural community like Crescent City, money doesn't impress people, he said.

"I find out what people are concerned about by talking to people," he said. "I hope to take their desires and their thinking back to Sacramento."

Candidates were given until Thursday to turn their signatures-in-lieu of filing fees in to their county elections office, according to Del Norte County Elections Officer Alissia Northrup. Wiesner and McGuire both turned their signatures-in-lieu of filing fees to the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters office, according to an employee.

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com .

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