Ninth District State Assembly Candidates Meet at Sacramento Forum

April  29, 2014 | In what might be the only opportunity before the June 3 primary, all five candidates for the Ninth California Asse...


April  29, 2014 |

In what might be the only opportunity before the June 3 primary, all five candidates for the Ninth California Assembly District seat met in a forum last night at Sacramento's Kennedy High School.

The candidates, Democrats Jim Cooper, Darrell Fong and Diane Rodriguez were joined by Republicans Tim Gursulowsky and Manuel Martin in the hour-long forum that consisted of audience questions and opening and closing statements. The top two finishers in the June primary, regardless of party affiliation will advance to the November general election.

In their opening and closing statements the Democratic candidates, who are all current office holders, focused on their respective service. Cooper and Fong,  veteran law enforcement officers, discussed their public service experience and city council duties while Rodriguez repeatedly said that she has not accepted any special interest money.

Cooper and Fong have led the field in fundraiser, with each bringing in tens-of-thousands of dollars from a variety of business interests, labor unions and an assortment of political action committees.

For Republicans Gursulowsky and Martin, neither of whom have held elected office, their focus was primarily on economic issues such as government regulation.

The candidates answered audience questions on education, affirmative action, school funding and state budget issues.  

Click the link below to hear the entire forum.

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