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League Hosts Three Legislative Candidate Forums in Late March

April 1, 2016
With the deadline to file for candidacy passing a few weeks ago, the League’s regional divisions are in the processing of holding legislative candidate forums for some of the most watched Senate and Assembly races.
In the past week, the League held forums in Davis, Walnut Creek and Modesto. The forums served as a great opportunity for city officials to engage with candidates on issues that are important to cities.

The League in mid-March also sent a questionnaire to the over 250 candidates running for the Legislature this fall. The questions focus on four top local government priorities: city-state relationship; transportation funding; affordable housing; water conservation. The League does not endorse candidates, however, League members do and these responses help them in making endorsement decisions. A database of responses is available on the League’s website at www.cacities.org/candidateviewpoints. New entries are added daily as they are returned to the League.
The Davis forum was held on Friday, March 25 in conjunction with the Davis Chamber of Commerce.
Participating candidates running for Assembly District 4 included:
  • Cecilia Aguilar-Curry (D)
  • Don Saylor (D)
  • Charles Schaupp (R)
  • Dan Wolk (D) 
Participating candidates running for Senate District 3 included:
  • Greg Coppes (R)
  • Bill Dodd (D)
  • Gabe Griess (D)
  • Mariko Yamada (D) 
Walnut Creek
The Walnut Creek forum was also held on Friday, March 25. The League of Women Voters co-hosted the event.
Participating candidates running for Senate District 9 included:
  • Rich Kinney (R)
  • Nancy Skinner (D)
  • Sandre Swanson (D)
  • Katherine Welch (D) 
Participating candidates for Assembly District 14 included:
  • Debora Allen (R)
  • Tim Grayson (D)
  • Dr. Harmesh Kumar (D)
  • Mae Cendana Torlakson (D) 
Participating candidates running for Senate District 3 included:
  • Bill Dodd (D)
  • Mariko Yamada (D) 
The Modesto forum was held on Wednesday, March 30 and was held in conjunction with the League of Women Voters of Stanislaus County and the Latino Community Roundtable. The Modesto Bee reported on the event.
Participating candidates from Assembly District 12 included:
Heath Flora (R)
  • Harinder Grewal (D)
  • Virginia Madueňo (D)
  • Cindy Marks (R)
  • Ken Vogel (R)

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