Although both candidates for the Democratic Nomination for the 8th Assembly District announced early in 2007, the campaign has officially kicked off. Both candidates will have their headquarter grand opening on Sunday March 16, 2008 at 11 AM.
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon's will be in West Sacramento at 1401 Halyard Dr., Suite #120.
Supervisor Mariko Yamada's will take place in Vacaville at 187 Butcher Road, Suite C.
The public is invited to both events.
The Vanguard received an exclusive early press release from the Cabaldon Campaign.
"Expected to be in attendance are many of the local community leaders and elected officials from around the district, as well as dozens of supporters. After the program of speeches at the headquarters opening, many of the supporters will be precinct walking and phone banking on behalf of Cabaldon. Barbecue lunch and drinks will also be served at the event to all guests."Meanwhile down I-80 in Vacaville, Supervisor Mariko Yamada will have her grand opening.
"Many of Solano and Yolo County’s highest elected officials have already announced their support of Mayor Cabaldon’s bid for the State Legislature, including every Democratic State Senator, Democratic Mayor, and Democratic County Supervisor (excluding Yamada) in the 8th Assembly District and according to the Davis Vanguard poll taken in September of 2007, Vanguard readers chose Cabaldon as their choice for the Assembly with an overwhelming 67.8% vote."
In her press release, Supervisor Yamada announced that she had filed her papers for candidacy yesterday.
"Since announcing her candidacy over a year ago, Yamada has been personally walking precincts and taking her campaign message directly to the voters. Since last fall, Yamada has knocked on nearly 3,000 doors in Solano and Yolo counties.The Republican running against the winner will be Manuel Cosme, no ballot designation at least at this time.
“Meeting voters face-to-face has always been my favorite part of the election process,” said Yamada. “Nothing can replace direct contact with the citizens, and many are pleasantly surprised to see a candidate come to their door asking for their vote.”
The last time the seat was open Lois Wolk faced Republican John Munn, a Davis School Board member and won by a 58-41 margin. In 2006, Lois Wolk garnered 66% of the vote in the heavily Democratic 8th Assembly District.
The Vanguard plans to cover both headquarter openings on March 16, 2008. Stay tuned to the Vanguard for the latest news and commentary about this and other races as the June 3, 2008 election rapidly approaches.
---Doug Paul Davis reporting