CA17: Honda & Khanna plan GOTV events

Both Rep. Mike Honda and his Democratic challenger, Ro Khanna, are holding events in the next few days to get out the vote.

Honda, D-San Jose, will hold a rally at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17, at his campaign’s Alameda County headquarters, 5944 Newpark Mall Road in Newark. He’ll be joined there by Peggy Moore of Oakland, who was the California political director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign; Obama endorsed Honda last year. After the rally, campaign volunteers will spend the afternoon phone-banking and precinct-walking.

Khanna, of Fremont, will hold a rally at 5 p.m. Monday, May 19, at his campaign’s Cupertino field headquarters, 20111 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 130. He’ll be joined there by San Francisco 49ers Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, a 17th Congressional District resident who helped Khanna raise money last year. On Monday, he’ll help Khanna launch a volunteer neighborhood canvass.

“He’ll make sure there are jobs for students graduating from school and training programs for those who have been laid off,” Lott said in an email sent out Friday by Khanna’s campaign. “He’ll focus on growing our economy, while reforming the way Congress does business. He’s a leader who lives like us – and listens to us.”

Honda was endorsed this week by the national Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which praised his call to expand Social Security benefits and his support of the Congressional Progressive Caucus budget.

Khanna was endorsed this week by the Milpitas Post, which his campaign says completes a sweep of endorsements by district media including the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Republicans Vanila Singh and Joel Vanlandingham also are running to unseat Honda.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.