Andal hosts kick-off in San Ramon

More than 200 people showed up for a free breakfast this morning in San Ramon and a chance to meet congressional GOP candidate Dean Andal of Stockton.

Andal is the only declared Republican in the race so far although the official filing period will not open until Feb. 11, 2008. Andal hopes to challenge Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, in the general.

The host list is a whose who of local Republican dignitaries including Charles Ball, who ran unsuccessfully against Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo; Walnut Creek businessman Ed Del Beccaro; Tri-Valley transportation guru Chris Kinzel; Republican activist Becky Kolberg; Shell Oil public affairs chief Steve Lesher and Danville Councilmembers Mike Shimansky and Karen Stepper; and longtime area rancher and landowner Sandee Wiedemann.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen