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Democratic Party opens office in Downtown Auburn

It is base for precinct walking, phone banks, voter registration
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn and Placer County Democratic Party organizations have joined together to establish an office in Auburn. The Downtown Auburn office, located at 1015 Lincoln Way, was officially opened Monday, with 4th District congressional candidate Charlie Brown helping with ribbon-cutting honors. Kim Haswell, vice-chair of the Placer County organization, said the location in the downtown area boosts Democratic Party visibility in Auburn. The new headquarters, in the former Placer Realty building, provides an accessible location for party activities on both the local and county levels, with room for phone banking and training, as well as a base for precinct walking and voter registration, she said. Office hours will be Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. The office will stay open until at least the Nov. 4 election. With a poster of Barack Obama on one wall and several Charlie Brown campaign posters festooning the walls, the headquarters was buzzing with a crowd of Democrats celebrating the opening and upbeat about the election campaign. “I think we have two really wonderful candidates,” said Leslye Janusz, chair of the Auburn Area Democratic Club. “They’re energizing the campaign.” With the formation about a year ago of a Foothills for Obama group that now has 300 members in the area, Janusz said finding the right spot in Auburn was important not only for her group but for the presidential candidate’s local grass roots organization and the county group. With Brown already established with an office in Roseville, the Auburn group lobbied for a new location in the foothills city. “It’s the first time in many years that we’ve had an office in Placer County and Auburn,” Janusz said. Nick Panagopoulos, Brown for Congress field director, said the new office represents an opportunity to work out of an Auburn office. Besides the Roseville headquarters, Brown has regional campaign headquarters in Placerville, Grass Valley, Oroville and Quincy, with staff in each. “We have a great base in Auburn — it’s one of our strongest areas,” Panagopoulos said. Democrats turn to statistics that show that for the first time this decade, registration by Republicans in Placer County is less than 50 percent of all registered voters. Darlington added that the local is group is buoyed by figures that show during the first quarter of the year, more people registered Democrat than another party affiliation. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com or comment at Auburnjournal.com.