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Ami Bera, Scott Jones ramp up campaigns for Congress, answer criticism

As the November election draws near, U.S. Rep. Ami Bera and Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones are ramping up their campaigns for the 7th congressional district.

Bera, D-Elk Grove, held a kickoff event at his Elk Grove headquarters, debuting a campaign ad and rallying dozens of supporters. Jones, Bera’s Republican challenger in the competitive district in Sacramento’s suburbs, walked the district knocking on doors Sunday, pushing his record as sheriff and encouraging voters to be informed.

Both candidates have hit obstacles in their campaigns to represent a wide swath of Sacramento County including Elk Grove, Folsom and Rancho Cordova. Bera’s father pleaded guilty to election fraud in May for reimbursing donors for hundreds of thousands in campaign contributions for Bera’s first two campaigns for office. Ami Bera has not been implicated.

“My father made a grave mistake,” Bera said. “We’ve got to move forward.”

Jones has drawn criticism for supporting presidential nominee Donald Trump. “My inclination is to always vote for the Republican nominee,” Jones said. “Is he my first choice? No...I think he’s managed to offend everybody, including me.”

Ellen Garrison: 916-321-1920, @EllenGarrison

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