The events and indeed the very locations presented a contrast of styles of the campaigns.
For the Cabaldon campaign, it was located in Cabaldon’s hometown of West Sacramento, where he has served as Mayor for now nearly 10 years. His headquarters was packed and festive. Loaded with elected officials from both inside and outside of the district. It was a veritable who’s who of the 8th Assembly District and beyond.
Mayor Cabaldon addressed the enthusiastic crowd that was so large, it had to be moved outside of the headquarters.
“I want to say thank you for coming out today, it’s a great day and I’m sure there are lots of other things you can be doing. This is really an opportunity for us to make change in our district and in this state of California. I’m really looking forward to it.”
In his short speech, he talked about the struggles that lay ahead with a sense of hope and optimism that seems to embody the electorate these days.
“We have so many challenges in this part of California, but I also look around and see so much opportunity and so much hope and so much energy.”
For the Yamada campaign, though I missed the ribbon cutting, it was a smaller, more business-like opening ceremony. Located in Vacaville, in the middle of the Solano County area that both campaigns need to make in-roads into in order to win, Yamada moves away from her Yolo County base to reach out across the county-line to the Solano County voters. By the time I reach the headquarters, there are over 30 volunteers, hard at work, stuffing and addressing envelopes for a fundraising event next month.
Supervisor Yamada had a ribbon cutting ceremony with roughly 50 supporters on hand.
When I caught up with her, she kindly gave me a brief statement.
“Welcome to Yamada 2008. We’ve kicked off our headquarters opening here in Vacaville and looking forwarded to a spirited sprint to the finish to June 3, 2008. We’ve had food, fun and festivities, and now we’re working on a mailing party. We’re working and we’re just having a great time. Thank you for coming.”
—Doug Paul Davis reporting