Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi will be in the area this weekend in an effort to reach out to Davis students and raise awareness for his campaign for the 10th Congressional District.
Students and community members will have a chance to get up close and personal with the congressional candidate this Saturday at a luncheon in Fairfield.
The Solano County Garamendi campaign hosts the event, which consists of two parts – a canvassing period and a question and answer session over lunch.
At 10 a.m., Davis College Democrats and other staff members from all over Solano County, such as representatives from assemblymember Mariko Yamada’s office and community colleges in the region, will canvass as a door-to-door outreach to voters. Afterwards, a lunch with Garamendi aims to spark an intimate question and answer session.
Fairfield Mayor Harry Price, Fairfield City Council candidate Jamie Johnson, the Davis College Democrats and other student organizations from UC Davis, such as fraternities, will be in attendance.
Even though the 10th District does not include Yolo county, Solano county, Contra Costa county and Alameda county still dictate Yolo, said Andrew Kim, the campaign’s regional director.
“This event shows how engaged Davis students are and how they want to get involved,” Kim said. “It’s encouraging to see how many Davis students are passionate about politics and that’s the kind of momentum and energy Davis students will be able to foster.”
The two primary issues to be discussed are the two Garamendi is running under – healthcare and educational reform.
The event is open to people of the 10th congressional district and surrounding areas. Forty to 50 people are expected at the event.
DCD took the lead to organize this weekend’s canvass.
“Garamendi has been a champion for students, from opposing student fee increases at the UC Board of Regents to CSU Board of Trustees, to advocating to increase investment in education,” said Garamendi for Congress campaign representative Josh Franco. “He is there for students and California’s future.”
DCD expects to send approximately 20 members to canvass and talk to voters along with the campaign staff.
“[DCD] is going to be talking about quality education in the country, the environment, and especially, job creation,” said Davis College Democrats vice president of political affairs Jack Zwald. “That’s what I would ask about – how we are going to recover from the economic downturn.”
Key members of the Solano county Garamendi campaign, whose headquarters are in Fairfield, include Yamada, county supervisor John Vasquez, Dixon mayor Jack Batchelor, Fairfield mayor Harry Price and Suisun City vice-mayor Jane Day.
The event will take place at 2300 Boynton Ave. Suite 200 in Fairfield.
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