Five candidates vie for Sam Farr's congressional seat.
If there's ever been a year in American politics for non-establishment candidates to gain real traction, this is it.
Riding on the wave of the surprising campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, three people who are neither Democrats nor Republicans are running for Congress, and think they have a better shot than ever before.
There will be five candidates on the ballot to replace U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, who is retiring after 23 years in Congress, and more than 40 years as an elected official.
They are Jimmy Panetta, a prosecutor in the Monterey County District Attorney's office who lives in Carmel Valley; Pacific Grove City Councilwoman and former Naval Postgraduate School professor Casey Lucius, who resigned from her federal government job in order to run; Capitola ironworker Jack Digby; Joe Williams, who works at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz where he's the SEIU union steward; and Barbara Honegger of Carmel Valley, who ran against Sam Farr in 1993 and then went on to work as a writer at the Naval Postgraduate School for 15 years...