The weather is cooling, the days are shortening and the year is even: all signs we’re on the verge of full-on campaign season (you may have already noticed from the steady drumbeat of Sacramento legislative candidate sit-down Q&A’s and debate writeups published in the pages of The Bee).
Saturday condenses all the action into a single setting: the annual candidate forum sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association. In addition to getting a chance to interact with office seekers, attendees will absorb a debate on Sacramento’s ever-contentious “strong mayor” proposition featuring City Councilman Jay Schenirer and former Mayor Heather Fargo.
Campaigners planning to attend include both contestants from an array of local, Dem-on-Dem races: the 6th Senate District (Roger Dickinson and Richard Pan), the 7th Assembly District (Kevin McCarty and Steve Cohn), and the 9th Assembly district (Jim Cooper and Darrell Fong). Other forums include the 7th Congressional district (Democrat Ami Bera and Republican Doug Ose) and the 8th Assembly District (Democrat Ken Cooley and Republican Doug Haaland).
They’ll all be at California State University, Sacramento, for the daylong event.