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300,000 North Coast residents without a state senator

Got a burning need to contact your state senator?

For more than 50,000 residents of unincorporated Sonoma County, that number currently is disconnected.

Conversely, city of Sonoma residents can call upon either senators Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, or Lois Wolk, D-Davis, for help.

Blame redrawn Senate district lines for creating what one political observer called a "goofy" leadership vacuum for some, and a bevy of representation for others.

Nearly four million Californians are without representation in the upper house of the Legislature while Senate leaders finalize who will assume responsibility for those caretaker roles.

It is likely that Evans will be responsible for 52,214 Sonoma County residents who formerly were part of Sen. Mark Leno's domain.

Evans also will inherit, on a temporary basis, all of Marin County, an addition of 252,409 constituents.

Evans already represents nearly one million people in the 2nd Senate District. She acknowledged last week that she will be stretched thinner now.

"I'm going to do my utmost to represent them just like I would any other constituent," she said.

Evans is not up for election until 2014, when Marin County and areas of Sonoma County will be included in the newly-drawn 2nd Senate district that spans the Golden Gate to the Oregon border.


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