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Four 2018 statewide Democratic Party candidates to speak in Auburn

By: By Jan Bell and Barb Withers / submitted to the Journal
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   With so much focus on upcoming congressional races, overlooked in media coverage is that Californians will pick their new governor, seven other key state executives and many state legislators in 2018. 
   To kick off this election year, the Auburn Area Democratic Club (AADC) has invited four statewide Democratic candidates to speak 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, at the General Gomez Arts and Events Center, 808 Lincoln Way, Auburn. This event is free and open to the public as part of AADC’s “Topics of Community Interest” Speaker Series and has the theme “We are the Blue Wave” in hopes  of a strong Democratic results in the 2018 election.
   Gubernatorial candidate Delaine Eastin will be joined by California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, who is running for state attorney general. Eastin is one of the top three 2018 California gubernatorial candidates and comes to this race with experience as an elected state assemblywoman and state superintendent of public instruction. Jones has been elected twice as insurance commissioner and has led a statewide law enforcement agency for more than six years as he now sets his sights on the state attorney general position. 
   They will present on the top issues facing the state of California and their plans to address these issues if elected.
   Closer to home, Assembly District 5 Democratic candidate Carla Neal and Assembly District 6 Democratic candidate Jackie Smith will address local issues. Assembly District 5 includes the city of Auburn and runs down the Sierra foothills to Madera, which is where Neal lives. 
   Assembly District 6 includes the city of Newcastle and parts of North Auburn, as well as Roseville and Rocklin, which is where Smith lives. 
Neal will compete against incumbent Frank Bigelow (Republican) and Smith will compete against incumbent Kevin Kiley (Republican).
   The AADC focuses its efforts to advance the goals of the Democratic Party through public policy and political issue analysis, education, fundraising, recruitment, coordination with other Democratic groups, and other activities to benefit the Democratic Party. 
   AADC has members from the foothills area of Placer County including Meadow Vista, Applegate, Colfax, Weimar, Christian Valley, North Auburn, the city of Auburn and Newcastle and offers their “Topics of Community Interest” Speaker Series the first Thursday evening of each month in downtown Auburn at the General Gomez Arts & Events Center.
   For more information on the Auburn Area Democratic  Club, go to auburndemocrats.com. Jan Bell is Auburn Area Democratic Club’s president, and can be reached at 530-305-7226. Barb Withers is AADC’s public relations officer and can be reached at 510-919-5964.