8th Assembly District Race Officially Kicks Off

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Although both candidates for the Democratic Nomination for the 8th Assembly District announced early in 2007, the campaign has officially kicked off. Both candidates will have their headquarter grand opening on Sunday March 16, 2008 at 11 AM.
Mayor Christopher Cabaldon’s will be in West Sacramento at 1401 Halyard Dr., Suite #120.

Supervisor Mariko Yamada’s will take place in Vacaville at 187 Butcher Road, Suite C.

The public is invited to both events.

The Vanguard received an exclusive early press release from the Cabaldon Campaign.

“Expected to be in attendance are many of the local community leaders and elected officials from around the district, as well as dozens of supporters. After the program of speeches at the headquarters opening, many of the supporters will be precinct walking and phone banking on behalf of Cabaldon. Barbecue lunch and drinks will also be served at the event to all guests.”

“Many of Solano and Yolo County’s highest elected officials have already announced their support of Mayor Cabaldon’s bid for the State Legislature, including every Democratic State Senator, Democratic Mayor, and Democratic County Supervisor (excluding Yamada) in the 8th Assembly District and according to the Davis Vanguard poll taken in September of 2007, Vanguard readers chose Cabaldon as their choice for the Assembly with an overwhelming 67.8% vote.”

Meanwhile down I-80 in Vacaville, Supervisor Mariko Yamada will have her grand opening.

In her press release, Supervisor Yamada announced that she had filed her papers for candidacy yesterday.

“Since announcing her candidacy over a year ago, Yamada has been personally walking precincts and taking her campaign message directly to the voters. Since last fall, Yamada has knocked on nearly 3,000 doors in Solano and Yolo counties.

“Meeting voters face-to-face has always been my favorite part of the election process,” said Yamada. “Nothing can replace direct contact with the citizens, and many are pleasantly surprised to see a candidate come to their door asking for their vote.”

The Republican running against the winner will be Manuel Cosme, no ballot designation at least at this time.

The last time the seat was open Lois Wolk faced Republican John Munn, a Davis School Board member and won by a 58-41 margin. In 2006, Lois Wolk garnered 66% of the vote in the heavily Democratic 8th Assembly District.

The Vanguard plans to cover both headquarter openings on March 16, 2008. Stay tuned to the Vanguard for the latest news and commentary about this and other races as the June 3, 2008 election rapidly approaches.

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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David Greenwald is the founder, editor, and executive director of the Davis Vanguard. He founded the Vanguard in 2006. David Greenwald moved to Davis in 1996 to attend Graduate School at UC Davis in Political Science. He lives in South Davis with his wife Cecilia Escamilla Greenwald and three children.

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60 thoughts on “8th Assembly District Race Officially Kicks Off”

  1. Sitting at Mishkas

    It will be great to see how many people show up to their respective grand openings. It should both show their public support and their ability to mobilize volunteers. I’m bummed I won’t be able to go.

  2. Sitting at Mishkas

    It will be great to see how many people show up to their respective grand openings. It should both show their public support and their ability to mobilize volunteers. I’m bummed I won’t be able to go.

  3. Sitting at Mishkas

    It will be great to see how many people show up to their respective grand openings. It should both show their public support and their ability to mobilize volunteers. I’m bummed I won’t be able to go.

  4. Sitting at Mishkas

    It will be great to see how many people show up to their respective grand openings. It should both show their public support and their ability to mobilize volunteers. I’m bummed I won’t be able to go.

  5. cabaldonista

    Why is Mariko putting her headquarters in Vacaville and not in Davis where she resides? This seems like a slap in the face to Davis people.

  6. cabaldonista

    Why is Mariko putting her headquarters in Vacaville and not in Davis where she resides? This seems like a slap in the face to Davis people.

  7. cabaldonista

    Why is Mariko putting her headquarters in Vacaville and not in Davis where she resides? This seems like a slap in the face to Davis people.

  8. cabaldonista

    Why is Mariko putting her headquarters in Vacaville and not in Davis where she resides? This seems like a slap in the face to Davis people.

  9. Anonymous

    Well Yamada has slapped our face in other ways. This one makes sense to me. She should have base of support in Davis (although she squandered much of it last summer). So it makes sense to have a strong presence in Solano.

    I was actually a bit surprised that Calbaldon would have his in West Sac rather than Fairfield.

    I say this as someone leaning to voting for Cabaldon after being a strong Mariko Yamada supporter until her ill-fated foray into Davis landuse politics.

  10. Anonymous

    Well Yamada has slapped our face in other ways. This one makes sense to me. She should have base of support in Davis (although she squandered much of it last summer). So it makes sense to have a strong presence in Solano.

    I was actually a bit surprised that Calbaldon would have his in West Sac rather than Fairfield.

    I say this as someone leaning to voting for Cabaldon after being a strong Mariko Yamada supporter until her ill-fated foray into Davis landuse politics.

  11. Anonymous

    Well Yamada has slapped our face in other ways. This one makes sense to me. She should have base of support in Davis (although she squandered much of it last summer). So it makes sense to have a strong presence in Solano.

    I was actually a bit surprised that Calbaldon would have his in West Sac rather than Fairfield.

    I say this as someone leaning to voting for Cabaldon after being a strong Mariko Yamada supporter until her ill-fated foray into Davis landuse politics.

  12. Anonymous

    Well Yamada has slapped our face in other ways. This one makes sense to me. She should have base of support in Davis (although she squandered much of it last summer). So it makes sense to have a strong presence in Solano.

    I was actually a bit surprised that Calbaldon would have his in West Sac rather than Fairfield.

    I say this as someone leaning to voting for Cabaldon after being a strong Mariko Yamada supporter until her ill-fated foray into Davis landuse politics.

  13. localdem

    Why didn’t DPD use the pic of Yamada’s previous Solano kick-off? The one where only her husband and Republican C.C. Yin stood with her?

  14. localdem

    Why didn’t DPD use the pic of Yamada’s previous Solano kick-off? The one where only her husband and Republican C.C. Yin stood with her?

  15. localdem

    Why didn’t DPD use the pic of Yamada’s previous Solano kick-off? The one where only her husband and Republican C.C. Yin stood with her?

  16. localdem

    Why didn’t DPD use the pic of Yamada’s previous Solano kick-off? The one where only her husband and Republican C.C. Yin stood with her?

  17. Dave Hart

    I assume that the Vanguard will do some homework on this race to shed some light on the track records of all three candidates for AD 8. There is a lot that many of us don’t know about all of them. The endorsements lined up so far tell us something about the Democratic Party selection process, but not very much about the candidates’ actual records (i.e., who has slapped who in the face).

    The Vanguard is becoming a one-stop-shopping place for Davis and Yolo County politics. We need the good, the bad and the ugly for all candidates so we can make up our minds out here. Good job and keep it up!

  18. Dave Hart

    I assume that the Vanguard will do some homework on this race to shed some light on the track records of all three candidates for AD 8. There is a lot that many of us don’t know about all of them. The endorsements lined up so far tell us something about the Democratic Party selection process, but not very much about the candidates’ actual records (i.e., who has slapped who in the face).

    The Vanguard is becoming a one-stop-shopping place for Davis and Yolo County politics. We need the good, the bad and the ugly for all candidates so we can make up our minds out here. Good job and keep it up!

  19. Dave Hart

    I assume that the Vanguard will do some homework on this race to shed some light on the track records of all three candidates for AD 8. There is a lot that many of us don’t know about all of them. The endorsements lined up so far tell us something about the Democratic Party selection process, but not very much about the candidates’ actual records (i.e., who has slapped who in the face).

    The Vanguard is becoming a one-stop-shopping place for Davis and Yolo County politics. We need the good, the bad and the ugly for all candidates so we can make up our minds out here. Good job and keep it up!

  20. Dave Hart

    I assume that the Vanguard will do some homework on this race to shed some light on the track records of all three candidates for AD 8. There is a lot that many of us don’t know about all of them. The endorsements lined up so far tell us something about the Democratic Party selection process, but not very much about the candidates’ actual records (i.e., who has slapped who in the face).

    The Vanguard is becoming a one-stop-shopping place for Davis and Yolo County politics. We need the good, the bad and the ugly for all candidates so we can make up our minds out here. Good job and keep it up!

  21. Anonymous

    As someone who grew up in the district I can only say that notion that Yamada’s headquarters should be in Davis and not in Vacaville is so typical of the Davis mind-set where the world revolves around Davis. Why in the world would anyone put their headquarters where they are best known? It makes no sense to me. They both need to reach out to those communities who don’t have any idea who either one of them are. This race will not be won in Davis. Grow up. There are other communities around you. You might take some time to learn something about them.

  22. Anonymous

    As someone who grew up in the district I can only say that notion that Yamada’s headquarters should be in Davis and not in Vacaville is so typical of the Davis mind-set where the world revolves around Davis. Why in the world would anyone put their headquarters where they are best known? It makes no sense to me. They both need to reach out to those communities who don’t have any idea who either one of them are. This race will not be won in Davis. Grow up. There are other communities around you. You might take some time to learn something about them.

  23. Anonymous

    As someone who grew up in the district I can only say that notion that Yamada’s headquarters should be in Davis and not in Vacaville is so typical of the Davis mind-set where the world revolves around Davis. Why in the world would anyone put their headquarters where they are best known? It makes no sense to me. They both need to reach out to those communities who don’t have any idea who either one of them are. This race will not be won in Davis. Grow up. There are other communities around you. You might take some time to learn something about them.

  24. Anonymous

    As someone who grew up in the district I can only say that notion that Yamada’s headquarters should be in Davis and not in Vacaville is so typical of the Davis mind-set where the world revolves around Davis. Why in the world would anyone put their headquarters where they are best known? It makes no sense to me. They both need to reach out to those communities who don’t have any idea who either one of them are. This race will not be won in Davis. Grow up. There are other communities around you. You might take some time to learn something about them.

  25. Anonymous

    Anyone else find it funny and ironic that Yamada is opening her headquarters at the same location as Cabaldon’s Solano headquarters in 2002? The building is owned by none other than C.C. Yin, who raised over $100,000 for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Republican Party in 2006.
    Yin backed Cabaldon in 2002 and is now Yamada’s biggest contributor along with his whole family.

    From what I can tell, both of them should explain this to the Democratic Primary voters.

  26. Anonymous

    Anyone else find it funny and ironic that Yamada is opening her headquarters at the same location as Cabaldon’s Solano headquarters in 2002? The building is owned by none other than C.C. Yin, who raised over $100,000 for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Republican Party in 2006.
    Yin backed Cabaldon in 2002 and is now Yamada’s biggest contributor along with his whole family.

    From what I can tell, both of them should explain this to the Democratic Primary voters.

  27. Anonymous

    Anyone else find it funny and ironic that Yamada is opening her headquarters at the same location as Cabaldon’s Solano headquarters in 2002? The building is owned by none other than C.C. Yin, who raised over $100,000 for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Republican Party in 2006.
    Yin backed Cabaldon in 2002 and is now Yamada’s biggest contributor along with his whole family.

    From what I can tell, both of them should explain this to the Democratic Primary voters.

  28. Anonymous

    Anyone else find it funny and ironic that Yamada is opening her headquarters at the same location as Cabaldon’s Solano headquarters in 2002? The building is owned by none other than C.C. Yin, who raised over $100,000 for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Republican Party in 2006.
    Yin backed Cabaldon in 2002 and is now Yamada’s biggest contributor along with his whole family.

    From what I can tell, both of them should explain this to the Democratic Primary voters.

  29. Anonymous

    To: dave hart and someone “who grew up in the district”,

    Keep up what? The vanguard only reports what supports it’s opinion(s). In addtion dave you would’nt know good work if it was looking you in the face.
    To “grew up here”. Who are you to be telling the rest of us to grow up? The race will be won by the person with the highest number of votes.
    Keep your opinions of who needs to grow up to yourself. Just state the issue and give your opinion without an inclusionary clause.

  30. Anonymous

    To: dave hart and someone “who grew up in the district”,

    Keep up what? The vanguard only reports what supports it’s opinion(s). In addtion dave you would’nt know good work if it was looking you in the face.
    To “grew up here”. Who are you to be telling the rest of us to grow up? The race will be won by the person with the highest number of votes.
    Keep your opinions of who needs to grow up to yourself. Just state the issue and give your opinion without an inclusionary clause.

  31. Anonymous

    To: dave hart and someone “who grew up in the district”,

    Keep up what? The vanguard only reports what supports it’s opinion(s). In addtion dave you would’nt know good work if it was looking you in the face.
    To “grew up here”. Who are you to be telling the rest of us to grow up? The race will be won by the person with the highest number of votes.
    Keep your opinions of who needs to grow up to yourself. Just state the issue and give your opinion without an inclusionary clause.

  32. Anonymous

    To: dave hart and someone “who grew up in the district”,

    Keep up what? The vanguard only reports what supports it’s opinion(s). In addtion dave you would’nt know good work if it was looking you in the face.
    To “grew up here”. Who are you to be telling the rest of us to grow up? The race will be won by the person with the highest number of votes.
    Keep your opinions of who needs to grow up to yourself. Just state the issue and give your opinion without an inclusionary clause.

  33. Anonymous

    I’ll share my opinions as I want and brook no nonsense from you in the process. Some of us have a wider and deeper perspective than the “it’s all about Davis crowd.” I count you among it. If you don’t have anything intelligent to say, bluster will get you nowhere.

  34. Anonymous

    I’ll share my opinions as I want and brook no nonsense from you in the process. Some of us have a wider and deeper perspective than the “it’s all about Davis crowd.” I count you among it. If you don’t have anything intelligent to say, bluster will get you nowhere.

  35. Anonymous

    I’ll share my opinions as I want and brook no nonsense from you in the process. Some of us have a wider and deeper perspective than the “it’s all about Davis crowd.” I count you among it. If you don’t have anything intelligent to say, bluster will get you nowhere.

  36. Anonymous

    I’ll share my opinions as I want and brook no nonsense from you in the process. Some of us have a wider and deeper perspective than the “it’s all about Davis crowd.” I count you among it. If you don’t have anything intelligent to say, bluster will get you nowhere.

  37. Carbon Free Voting

    Why would Yamada be basing her campaign in Vacaville instead of Davis? Wouldn’t it be more eco-friendly to have the office closer to her home and the homes of her volunteers? Makes no sense to be driving to Vacaville just to make calls and have meetings.

    Besides, nobody thinks to themselves “I was going to vote for the guy who is good on the environment, healthcare, education… but his opponent is staked out at the Republican McDonalds corporate office in the minimall off the freeway near my house… I guess I will vote for her!”

  38. Carbon Free Voting

    Why would Yamada be basing her campaign in Vacaville instead of Davis? Wouldn’t it be more eco-friendly to have the office closer to her home and the homes of her volunteers? Makes no sense to be driving to Vacaville just to make calls and have meetings.

    Besides, nobody thinks to themselves “I was going to vote for the guy who is good on the environment, healthcare, education… but his opponent is staked out at the Republican McDonalds corporate office in the minimall off the freeway near my house… I guess I will vote for her!”

  39. Carbon Free Voting

    Why would Yamada be basing her campaign in Vacaville instead of Davis? Wouldn’t it be more eco-friendly to have the office closer to her home and the homes of her volunteers? Makes no sense to be driving to Vacaville just to make calls and have meetings.

    Besides, nobody thinks to themselves “I was going to vote for the guy who is good on the environment, healthcare, education… but his opponent is staked out at the Republican McDonalds corporate office in the minimall off the freeway near my house… I guess I will vote for her!”

  40. Carbon Free Voting

    Why would Yamada be basing her campaign in Vacaville instead of Davis? Wouldn’t it be more eco-friendly to have the office closer to her home and the homes of her volunteers? Makes no sense to be driving to Vacaville just to make calls and have meetings.

    Besides, nobody thinks to themselves “I was going to vote for the guy who is good on the environment, healthcare, education… but his opponent is staked out at the Republican McDonalds corporate office in the minimall off the freeway near my house… I guess I will vote for her!”

  41. Megan

    “The building is owned by none other than C.C. Yin, who raised over $100,000 for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Republican Party in 2006.”

    The Vanguard should investigate this. If C.C. Yin is not charging full rent to Ms. Yamada, that is a violation of the FPPC rules. I bet the reason she is forcing her entire Davis-based staff to waste all that gasoline driving to Vacaville and back everyday is because Yin gave her a discount on the rent. If so, both Yin and Yamada could get in trouble. I hope the Vanguard will investigate his own favorite candidate, not just his enemies.

  42. Megan

    “The building is owned by none other than C.C. Yin, who raised over $100,000 for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Republican Party in 2006.”

    The Vanguard should investigate this. If C.C. Yin is not charging full rent to Ms. Yamada, that is a violation of the FPPC rules. I bet the reason she is forcing her entire Davis-based staff to waste all that gasoline driving to Vacaville and back everyday is because Yin gave her a discount on the rent. If so, both Yin and Yamada could get in trouble. I hope the Vanguard will investigate his own favorite candidate, not just his enemies.

  43. Megan

    “The building is owned by none other than C.C. Yin, who raised over $100,000 for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Republican Party in 2006.”

    The Vanguard should investigate this. If C.C. Yin is not charging full rent to Ms. Yamada, that is a violation of the FPPC rules. I bet the reason she is forcing her entire Davis-based staff to waste all that gasoline driving to Vacaville and back everyday is because Yin gave her a discount on the rent. If so, both Yin and Yamada could get in trouble. I hope the Vanguard will investigate his own favorite candidate, not just his enemies.

  44. Megan

    “The building is owned by none other than C.C. Yin, who raised over $100,000 for Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Republican Party in 2006.”

    The Vanguard should investigate this. If C.C. Yin is not charging full rent to Ms. Yamada, that is a violation of the FPPC rules. I bet the reason she is forcing her entire Davis-based staff to waste all that gasoline driving to Vacaville and back everyday is because Yin gave her a discount on the rent. If so, both Yin and Yamada could get in trouble. I hope the Vanguard will investigate his own favorite candidate, not just his enemies.

  45. Polzoo

    Hi there,

    I read your blog and think you’re a good writer. I would like to invite you to join our new online community at polzoo.com. It is a user generated political editorial and social network. We also choose from amongst our own bloggers to be featured columnists on the front page. I think your voice would be a great addition to our site.

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  46. Polzoo

    Hi there,

    I read your blog and think you’re a good writer. I would like to invite you to join our new online community at polzoo.com. It is a user generated political editorial and social network. We also choose from amongst our own bloggers to be featured columnists on the front page. I think your voice would be a great addition to our site.

    Polzoo

  47. Polzoo

    Hi there,

    I read your blog and think you’re a good writer. I would like to invite you to join our new online community at polzoo.com. It is a user generated political editorial and social network. We also choose from amongst our own bloggers to be featured columnists on the front page. I think your voice would be a great addition to our site.

    Polzoo

  48. Polzoo

    Hi there,

    I read your blog and think you’re a good writer. I would like to invite you to join our new online community at polzoo.com. It is a user generated political editorial and social network. We also choose from amongst our own bloggers to be featured columnists on the front page. I think your voice would be a great addition to our site.

    Polzoo

  49. Brian Micek

    Thanks for the publicity about our HQ grand opening.

    Megan, you’re right – an unreported reduction in rent would be a violation. Your concern is sincerely appreciated.

    None of our campaign staff are Davis based however, so the Vacaville office is actually centrally located.

    As for Carbon Free Voting – let the mail trucks roll along with my memories of PG&E’s green messaging. All of it gives me something to think about while I drive home through the sprawl of Southport.

  50. Brian Micek

    Thanks for the publicity about our HQ grand opening.

    Megan, you’re right – an unreported reduction in rent would be a violation. Your concern is sincerely appreciated.

    None of our campaign staff are Davis based however, so the Vacaville office is actually centrally located.

    As for Carbon Free Voting – let the mail trucks roll along with my memories of PG&E’s green messaging. All of it gives me something to think about while I drive home through the sprawl of Southport.

  51. Brian Micek

    Thanks for the publicity about our HQ grand opening.

    Megan, you’re right – an unreported reduction in rent would be a violation. Your concern is sincerely appreciated.

    None of our campaign staff are Davis based however, so the Vacaville office is actually centrally located.

    As for Carbon Free Voting – let the mail trucks roll along with my memories of PG&E’s green messaging. All of it gives me something to think about while I drive home through the sprawl of Southport.

  52. Brian Micek

    Thanks for the publicity about our HQ grand opening.

    Megan, you’re right – an unreported reduction in rent would be a violation. Your concern is sincerely appreciated.

    None of our campaign staff are Davis based however, so the Vacaville office is actually centrally located.

    As for Carbon Free Voting – let the mail trucks roll along with my memories of PG&E’s green messaging. All of it gives me something to think about while I drive home through the sprawl of Southport.

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