Election Brief

Lungren, Bera to

debate Sept. 25

U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River) and his Democratic opponent Dr. Ami Bera agreed to a debate on Sept. 25.

The two candidates, who also squared off in the 2010 race, will debate at News10’s studio in Sacramento.

News10 Political Editor John Myers, Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau Chief Dan Smith, and Capital Public Radio senior reporter Marianne Russ will moderate the debate.

The 3 p.m. event will stream live on the sponsors’ websites and air Sept. 26 on News10 and Capital Public Radio.

The 7th Congressional District is exclusively in Sacramento County and includes all of Elk Grove. The district that Lungren currently represents leans Republican, but redistricting created a district that has a slight Democratic advantage.

Bera said during both the 2010 and 2012 races that he wanted to debate the elected official.

“This debate will be about the values and leadership we unfortunately do not see in Congress,” Bera said after the debate was announced. “I am running because fixing the broken system in Washington, D.C. requires real leadership that puts the people’s interest first.”

Lungren issued a statement regarding the debate.

“I look forward to the opportunity to discuss the many critical issues facing our region and nation,” he said. “It’s important for voters to see and hear that they have clear choices in this election.”

Huber endorses

Cooley for Assembly

California Assembly Member Alyson Huber (D-El Dorado Hills) has endorsed Rancho Cordova City Council Member Ken Cooley in his bid for the 8th Assembly District seat that includes Wilton and Vineyard.

Huber, whose current district includes the eastern part of Elk Grove, chose to not seek re-election after redistricting broke the district into four pieces.

“Because of his efforts, Rancho Cordova is a vibrant city with a budget reserve,” Huber said of Cooley, whom she also said has been a fixture in his community.

Cooley is a founding council member who has served continuously since his 2002 election and served as mayor in 2005 and 2010. He said his experience includes balancing a government budget and maintaining a surplus every year he has served on the council.

In November, Cooley will face Republican Peter Tateishi who served as chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Gold River).

Amador fundraiser

to mark Hispanic

Heritage Month

State Assembly candidate Tony Amador (R-Lodi) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a Sept. 20 fundraiser at Lent Ranch in Elk Grove.

The event will include dinner and speeches by former U.S. Treasurer Rosario Marin and Amador, a former Elk Grove resident who finished second out of six candidates in the June 5 primary election.

Tickets for the 6:30-8 p.m. event are $35.

For more ticket information or to confirm attendance at the event, contact Lisa Garcia at (916) 893-4449 or lgarcia916@yahoo.com.

Sponsors for the event include the United Republicans of America, the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of California, and Republicans of River City.

Lent Ranch is located at 10551 West Stockton Blvd. and just southwest of the Kammerer Road exit at Highway 99.

Democratic club

endorses local


The Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club endorsed local candidates for offices including one for mayor and three for seats on local school boards.

The club endorsed Elk Grove City Council Member Gary Davis in his pursuit to become the city’s first directly elected mayor.

Club members also endorsed Kay Albiani, who hopes to retain her seat on the Los Rios Community College District Board of Trustees.

James Letoa and Steve Ly, candidates for the Elk Grove Unified School District board, received club endorsements.

Nemeth to hold

gathering for Amador

Elk Grove resident and former state Assembly candidate Ed Nemeth will host a gathering for Assembly candidate Tony Amador (R-Lodi) on Sept. 15.

“I ran for office to protect disabled and medically challenged children, like (my daughter) Rebecca,” Nemeth wrote in the invitation. “During our many mutual campaign events, I got to know Tony intimately and found he shares many of my concerns.”

The event starting at 6:30 p.m. will be held at 9417 Middlesboro Way. Email Nemeth@SpectrumEvents.com to confirm attendance.

Amador will also hold a precinct walk at 9:30 a.m. that day. Participants will meet at 8240 Calvine Road near Power Inn Road in the parking lot of Starbucks Coffee.

For questions or more information about the walk, contact Paul Galindo at (916) 662-0726.

Article source: http://www.egcitizen.com/articles/2012/09/13/news/doc50522804163ae293407992.txt