Glenn County Democratic Committee reaches out
With a focus on passing Proposition 30 and defeating Proposition 32, the Glenn County Democratic Central Committee opened its campaign headquarters in Orland on Saturday.
"We are trying to reach as many people as we can, as we have a lot of closet Democrats in Glenn County," event spokeswoman Carolyn Denton said.
Proposition 30 is Gov. Jerry Brown's sales tax initiative, which supporters say will save education by providing much-needed funding. Opponents say there is no guarantee where the tax revenue will go.
Proposition 32 is an initiative that would stop labor unions and corporations from contributing to campaigns. Supporters call it strong reform. Opponents argue there are exemptions for bank and other interests who are paying for the measure.
The Democrats also are working to register voters, and to get the message out about their party's candidates, which includes 3rd District Assembly candidate Charles Rouse of Corning, who arrived just minutes after Aileen Porter cut the grand opening ribbon.
Rouse is in a runoff with Assemblyman Dan Logue, R-Loma Rica.
The headquarters are at Porter's real estate office, 10 E. Walker St.
Denton said most of the people who have registered to vote have been younger residents, and a fair number of Latinos.
But, she added, there are those who feel they have been apathetic for too long.
"This one fellow ... said he should have registered four years ago and didn't, and he wanted to make sure he did this time," Denton said.
The headquarters will be open from 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. on Saturday as staffing allows.
The committee encourages members to volunteer their time.