Ose kicks off campaign with precinct walk

By: Jenna Nielsen Journal Staff Writer
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ROSEVILLE ” Doug Ose loves campaigning. And he got his chance to meet with voters directly Saturday during a campaign kickoff event he held at his campaign headquarters in Roseville. Ose also walked precincts Saturday morning to reach out to district voters. This is what campaigning is all about, Ose said. Going out, talking to people, asking what they are worried about. It's old fashioned campaigning ” I just love it. The former 3rd District congressman will face off in the June 3 primary against state Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, and recently declared candidate Suzanne Jones of Citrus Heights for the 4th District Republican nomination. The winner will contend for the seat against Democratic candidate Charlie Brown of Roseville. The seat is being vacated by Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville, who said in January he would not seek a tenth term in Congress. Brown, a retired Air Force officer, narrowly lost to Doolittle in 2006. Ose said it was important to him that he get out into the district, rather than just sending volunteers. How could I ask them to do this if I am not prepared to? Ose said. It's like voting. How can I ask them to vote for me if I am not willing to do it myself? During his precinct walk, Ose went door-to-door, encouraging voters. My neighbor knows you very well and speaks highly of you, said Sun City Roseville resident Joe Madak when the candidate arrived at his doorstep. I am happy to support you. Before hitting the pavement Saturday, Ose addressed supporters at his Roseville campaign headquarters. I'm very grateful to see so many faces here, Ose told the group. Going out, talking to people ” this is the key to our success. Placer County Supervisor Rocky Rockholm, Placer County Assessor Bruce Dear, Roseville Mayor Jim Gray, and Roseville mayor pro tem Gina Garbolino were a few of the local officials out supporting Ose on Saturday. I think it's great that he is willing to run, Dear said. It takes a lot of time and effort, but I am proud to support Doug. The Journal's Jenna Nielsen can be reached at or comment on this story at