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Tis the season; candidates kick off campaigns

By Lisa Vorderbrueggen
Friday, April 11th, 2008 at 1:31 pm in 2008 June primary.

If the doorbell rings the next couple of Saturdays, it might be a sales call of the political variety, otherwise known as a candidate.

Don’t kick them off your front porch too fast; this is your chance for some face time with a person whose name may appear on your June 3 primary election ballot. (It will depend on your party affiliation, of course.)

Several Democratic candidates are kicking off their official election campaigns this weekend with precinct walks including Assembly District 15 Democratic primary candidate Joan Buchanan and Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton.

Buchanan opens her San Ramon headquarters at 10 a.m. Saturday with a guest, Assemblyman Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord. After a pep talk, volunteers will walk precincts in Livermore. If you want show up, the address is 2694 Bishop Drive, Suite 121, in San Ramon.

Buchanan is running against Walnut Creek businessman Ted Ford in the June 3 Democratic primary.

McNerney officially launches his re-election campaign on April 19 with precinct walks in Dublin, Stockton, Tracy and Morgan Hill. The candidate will greet volunteers starting at 10 a.m. at his headquarters at 6250 Village Parkway in Dublin.

McNerney is unopposed in the primary but is expected to face presumptive GOP nominee Dean Andal in November.

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