Contra Costa Democrats to host debate party

Democrats will gather at A.J.’s Sports Pub in Concord on Oct. 30 to watch the televised Democratic presidential candidate debate.

MSNBC will air the debate, which will take place from 6-9 p.m. PST from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Click here for a link to the network’s debate page.

I’m planning to attend and cover the local reaction to the candidates’ views and performance. I’ll file a blog entry after the speech and a story for publication on Nov. 1. (It will go too late to meet our print deadlines Tuesday night.)

If it seems too early to think about the presidential options, keep in mind that even though California’s presidential primary election is on Feb. 5, its residents will start voting on their choices for the GOP and Democratic nominees on Jan. 7.

That’s when the counties will send out the ballots for permanent absentee voters, or those who choose to vote by mail every election. In some counties, half of its voters vote by mail and roughly half of those ballots are returned to the registrars’ offices in the first three weeks. The remaining ballots usually arrive in the final week as voters wait to see if any new information crops up that might influence their decisions.

A.J.’s Sports Pub is located at 4633 Clayton Road in Concord. Click here to link to Google maps.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen