Thompson's 13 years representing the North Coast will end after 2012 thanks to the new congressional district boundaries that were created in the redistricting process earlier this year.
Huffman, like fellow candidates Susan Adams, Normon Solomon and Stacy Lawson, hails from Marin County, which will be conjoined with Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity and Del Norte counties, along with large parts of Sonoma County, in the new 2nd Congressional District.
Humboldt County's liberal elite appear to be lining up behind Huffman. Yesterday the candidate announced local co-chairs for his campaign. The list includes such familiar names as former Assemblymember Patty Berg, former local Thompson rep Elizabeth Murguia and former County Supervisor Bonnie Neely.
Huffman will make a three-day swing through Humboldt and Mendocino counties starting tomorrow. The trip will include a meet-n-greet (open to the public) at Lost Coast Brewery Friday evening from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.