Voter Turnout a Concern for District 9 Assembly Candidates

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Jim Cooper says education seems to be the biggest issue after talking to voters during his campaign to take over Richard Pan’s District 9 assembly seat.

His watch party at Steve’s Pizza in Elk Grove was buzzing with support for the town’s first mayor and current Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department captain.

His opponent, current Sacramento city councilman Darrel Fong, focused on public safety and quality of life issues in a campaign that saw him criticized for mailing out what some saw as sexist potholders. He sent them exclusively to women.

Now both democrats are ready for the waiting to be over.

“We feel good. We walked up until 8 o’clock when the polls closed, talked to a lot of people. We’ve been walking pretty much every weekend, walked several days last week in the evening. The mood’s pretty good so far.  People are excited about this,” said Cooper.

While his watch party was packed early with supporters, Fong was concerned about the apathy he saw in the electorate as a whole.

“The registrar sent some people home from her office. That has us a little concerned.  It is what it is. I wish more people would get engaged if they vote for me or vote for anybody. Get involved and vote,” he said.

Tuesday’s voter turnout is expected to be the lowest California’s ever recorded.

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