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Monday, January 29, 2007

Cabaldon to Announce Bid for 8th AD Nomination

We are hearing word from a number of sources that West Sacramento Mayor Chris Cabaldon will announce his bid to run for the 8th Assembly District Democratic Nomination. He would be the first official candidate to throw his hat in the race.

That is however just the tip of the iceberg. Mike McGowan is expect to announce that he is not running for the Assembly and will then endorse Mayor Cabaldon. Cabaldon has been scrambling in an attempt to shore up a large number of endorsements in what is expected to be a heated and expensive fight for the nomination for the seat that Assemblywoman Lois Wolk is termed out of.

Calbadon has reportedly hired the venerable Richie Ross to be his campaign consultant. There is also speculation that Craig Reynolds will be involved as well. Reynolds has been Wolk's chief of staff and is a prominent consultant who runs a number of campaigns for establishment and conservative Democrats in local races he generally has supported the developers including his strong involvement in the yes on measure X campaign among others. What would make this interesting is that Reynolds and Ross have a well publicized feud reported in the News and Review a few years ago.

Now the question is who else will run for the 8th Assembly District. The strong money is that County Supervisor Mariko Yamada who garners strong union and progressive support will make a run. Also Vacaville City Councilmember Steve Hardy may also make a run, although there are rumors flying that he may not. Don Saylor despite his insistence of being included does not seem a viable candidate at this time.

---Doug Paul Davis reporting