Democrats and labor friendly candidates in Orange County got some help this weekend from someÂ heavy political hitters. With more than 500,000 registered democrats and several high profile races, Orange County has managed to draw much more political attention than in prior years. On Labor Day weekend, Attorney General Jerry Brown headlinedÂ an Orange County Labor Day rally in Santa Ana. In mid-October, former President Bill Clinton came outÂ for aÂ Santa Ana rallyÂ in support of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez.
On Saturday, U. S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis blazed a trail throughÂ the cities ofÂ OrangeÂ and Anaheim in support of organized labor candidates and Congresswoman Sanchez. Solis’ first stop was the Orange County Labor Federation‘s lunch time rally at the IBEW Local 441 Union hall. Solis rallied the 475 volunteers on hand to continue their efforts for labor supportive candidates in Orange County. Following her appearance at the Labor Walk, Solis visited the Anaheim campaign headquarters for Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, where 200 volunteers took a brief break from their precinct walks and phone banks to join Solis, Assemblyman Jose Solorio, Senator Lou Correa, Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides, County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly, and Anaheim Union High School Trustee Jordan Brandman, to cheer on Congresswoman Sanchez in her campaign against challenger Assemblyman Van Tran. Below are some pictures from the two events.
On Sunday, Speaker John A. PÃ©rez stopped his multi-county bus tour in Fountain Valley to boost the enthusiasm of volunteers for Phu Nguyen’s campaign for State Assembly in the 68th district. PÃ©rez brought with him leaders from the State Assembly Democratic Caucus including Assemblyman Steve Bradford, Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, Assemblyman Warren Furutani, Assemblyman Isadore Hall, and Assemblyman Jose Solorio. In addition, State Controller John Chiang, and State Democratic Party Vice-Chairman Eric Bauman came along.
From Saturday forward more than 1500 volunteers will be out in the field knocking on doors getting voters who are supportive of democrats and labor friendly candidatesÂ to the polls on Tuesday. To find out where your polling place is visit the Orange County Registrar of Voters website here. Polls will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2010.