Assembly candidate Hilda Zacarias, a Democrat, has picked up an endorsement from Joyce Dudley, the district attorney for Santa Barbara County.
Zacarias, a Santa Maria City Councilwoman, is running in the 33rd Assembly District, seeking to replace Sam Blakeslee, who left the seat vacant when he was elected to the state Senate in August.
Her opponents are Republican Katcho Achadjian, who is a member of the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors, and Paul Polson, a Libertarian.
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In her endorsement, Dudley said, “Law enforcement officers in Santa Maria have told me when it comes to fighting crime … Zacarias has a proven track record that we can trust. She has fought to keep cops on the beat and used her business experience as an accountant to balance budgets while investing in the men and women who keep the peace.”
Welcoming the endorsement, Zacarias said “by taking a cross-jurisdictional approach, I’m hopeful that we can strengthen drug courts and improve the capacity of the justice system to address domestic violence and the complex problems of the mentally ill.”
— Bob Cuddy
The city’s three mayoral candidates will participate in a forum Sept. 20 with Paso Robles Republican Women Federated.
Candidates include incumbent Duane Picanco, Planning Commissioner Gary Nemeth and Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Mike Gibson.
Each will answer a set of questions, with a time limit to respond. Questions may come from the public if time permits, organizers said.
The Republican group meets on the third Monday of each month at the Paso Robles Golf Club, 1600 Country Club Drive. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and speakers at noon.
The cost for lunch is $15.
Also on Sept. 20, the group will celebrate the 100th birthday of longtime member Dolly Bader. Born Oct. 4, 1910, in Creston, Bader is known in the community as a local pioneer and longtime volunteer and member of the Paso Robles Historical Society.
Members and non-members are welcome at the meeting, but reservations are required.
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San Luis Obispo
Candidates Lois Capps and Hilda Zacarias will headline the Labor Day picnic of the San Luis Obispo County Democrats.
The picnic, which includes a barbecue, booths and entertainment, runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday at Santa Rosa Park, Santa Rosa and Oak streets, in San Luis Obispo.
Capps is running for re-election to Congress in the 23rd District. Zacarias, a Santa Maria City Councilwoman, is running for the 33rd District Assembly seat vacated by Sam Blakeslee when he was elected to the state Senate in August.
Candidates for mayor and city council, community and labor leaders, and local elected officials also will attend.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children younger than 12. To buy tickets, call Susan Devine at 441-1601; or go to www.actblue.com/page/LaborDay2010.
Labor Day is the traditional kickoff for democratic politics, and the organization this year says it is honoring working families and labor organizations.
— Bob Cuddy
The American Public Health Association has chosen Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, as one of two 2010 “distinguished legislators of the year.” Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., also received the accolade.
The association presents the award annually to lawmakers serving at the federal, state or local level “who have made significant contributions to advancing legislation to improve and protect public health.”
The association called Capps “a respected leader of Congress on public health issues.”
“Most recently,” the group wrote in announcing the honor, “she has led efforts to address the health impacts of climate change in the American Clean Energy and Security Act, and she’s been a strong advocate for securing strong prevention and wellness provisions in the newly enacted Affordable Care Act.”
She also “has been a strong proponent for equal access to health care, including support of a public option as well as fighting to ensure women’s access to reproductive services,” the association wrote.
The awards will be presented in November in Denver, during the 138th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association.
For more about the American Public Health Association, go to www.apha.org.
— Bob Cuddy