CA17: Candidates hit the streets to GOTV

The 17th Congressional District‘s candidates are preparing for a busy weekend of getting out the vote.

Democrat Ro Khanna plans a Milpitas rally and canvass kick-off at 9 a.m. Saturday at 1297 E. Calaveras Blvd., featuring Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, Vice Mayor Althea Polanski, and Councilwoman Carmen Montano. Then he’ll do a “Students for Ro” canvass kick-off at noon at 3200 Coronado Dr. in Santa Clara; an “Indo-Americans for Ro” canvass kick-off at 3 p.m. at 43255 Mission Blvd., Suite 101 in Fremont; and a phone-bank with local volunteers at 4:30 p.m. at 20111 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 130 in Cupertino.

Rep. Mike Honda, D-San Jose, will hold a rally, canvass kick-off and phone bank at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at his campaign’s Cupertino office, 10601 S. De Anza Blvd., unit 106.

And as previously reported here, Republican Vanila Singh will host a rally at 11 a.m. Saturday at her campaign’s headquarters, 1313 N. Milpitas Blvd., Suite 215 in Milpitas, along with other Republicans including gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari, lieutenant governor candidate Ron Nehring and 10th State Senate District candidate Peter Kuo.

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.

  • Elwood

    I can’t help but wonder what the purpose of all this frantic GOTV is. Turnout may hit a record low. Most people who bestirred themselves enough to vote have already done so.

    Oh well, I guess it’s all good fun.

  • RRSenileColumnist

    Elwood is right. This election has captured the imagination of news junkies, lobbyists, the usual suspects. As for most citizens, it’s “What election? For what office?”

  • Marga

    I haven’t yet. I always wait until the last minute in case something turns out. Like that $1K contribution from Fiona Ma to Mary Hayashi.

  • Crazy_Like_A_Fox

    Whoa!?! Are you serious??? I missed that!

  • Marga

    Yep, I decided to take a look at the financial disclosures a couple of days ago. Ma gave Hayashi $1K on 5/21/2014

  • Willis James

    Whats the importance of that contribution?

    Seems Fiona Ma has been giving Mary contributions for years.

    And I seem to recall Mary giving contributions to Fiona Ma’s husband Jason Hodge for his failed state senate run.

  • Marga

    To me, it matters. But that’s because I hold the ridiculous notion that politics should be about policy, rather than about personal loyalties, and that only candidates with personal integrity deserve support.

    I am not encouraging anyone to do anything on this race. I’m just saying, to me, whom a candidate supports, helps me decide whether to vote for that candidate.