Not only looking to re-elect President Barack Obama, Democrats have their eye on retaking the House next week. They need to pick up 25 seats to win back the majority, and they are targeting seven House races in California.
“In just 4 days, we can replace the Tea Party Congress with a Democratic House for President Obama! We need to pick up 25 seats to win the House — and it could all come down to too-close-to-call races in California,” read an email the party sent out Friday seeking volunteers for “a massive four-day Get Out The Vote effort.”
Among the candidates receiving extra help is gay education leader Mark Takano, who is seeking a House seat in Riverside County. He is in a tough campaign fight against his Republican opponent, Riverside County Supervisor John Tavaglione.
Should Takano, (seen at right flanked by state Senator Mark Leno at left and Mayor Ed Lee) who is Japanese American, pull out a victory, he would be the first LGBT person of color in Congress and the first out member of the Golden State’s congressional delegation.
Democrats also have their sights on re-electing Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield) to the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District, which covers a vast geographic area that includes all or parts of Colusa, Glenn, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.
Dr. Ami Bera is receiving help with his race for the state’s newly drawn 7th Congressional District in east Sacramento against Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River). Raul Ruiz, an emergency room physician, will also see extra support as he tries to unseat Republican Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack (R-Palm Springs).
Candidates running for House seats in Modesto, San Diego, and Thousand Oaks are also receiving help over the next four days heading into the November 6 election.
Volunteers in San Francisco can sign up for shifts at the local Democratic Party’s campaign HQ in the Castro district at 2278 Market Street at Noe, which is the former Tower Records location.
Mayor Ed Lee will help kick off the local effort at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, November 3).