Dickinson, Pan Pitch Elk Grove-South County Democrats

December 12, 2013 | Elk Grove voters got an early preview Tuesday night of what ought to be one of the more interesting California Senato...

December 12, 2013 |

Elk Grove voters got an early preview Tuesday night of what ought to be one of the more interesting California Senatorial races in the region next year when two current Democratic California Assembly Members made presentations to a group of Elk Grove Democrats.
Dr. Richard Pan.

Appearing before a standing-room-only crowd at the Elk Grove Public Library, members of the Elk Grove-South County Democratic where Roger Dickinson and Dr. Richard Pan who are both seeking the club's endorsement for the Sixth District senatorial seat being vacated by a termed-out Darrell Steinberg. Under California's new primary system, the top two June primary finishers will face-off in the November general election regardless of party affiliation.

During their allotted 30 minutes, both candidates answered the same four questions on immigration, healthcare reform, economic development and what they hope to accomplish if elected. While both said they supported universal health care, were sensitive to the needs of small business and said immigration reforms were necessary, they differed on their entry in public service.

First up was Dickinson who said his decision to enter public service dates back to his teenage years during the Kennedy administration and was inspired to help others. Dickinson noted his 17 years as a member of the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and his long commitment to progressive politics.

"I am proudly a progressive Democrat," he said.

Roger Dickinson.
Pan, who is much newer to politics, said he entered politics at the urging of others and highlighted his role as a Medical Doctor and involvement with the American Medical Association in garnering their support of the Affordable Healthcare Act. He also noted several pieces of legislation he authored regarding heath matters during his tenure and said his role was to give a voice to others.

"I see my role as legislator, is yes, there are people we need to help speak for," Pan said. "More importantly we support people in speaking for themselves."

At next month's meeting, club members are expected to vote on which candidate will receive their endorsement. That meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, January 14 at the Elk Grove Public Library. 

Both candidates' entire presentation can be heard here. Below are the approximately first five minutes of each candidate's statements.


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