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Reader Input: The Case for Regina Bateson for CD4

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As with most campaign seasons, political bickering and partisan theater exhausts voters to the point where we all want to throw away any campaign flyers we receive on our doorsteps. Congressional District 4 is no exception.

It’s almost like an American tradition.

On the Democratic side of politics in our area, the partisan theater appears to have no plans of ending its show any time soon, but before you throw away those flyers, here is a summary of what’s going on: Local Democrats have three choices in the upcoming primary: Jessica Morse, Regina Bateson, or Roza Calderon. All three have received endorsements from a diverse pool of individuals, organizations and clubs.

Party insiders have decided to endorse Morse, while most grass-root club support has gotten behind Bateson. Morse has been endorsed by most state Democratic Party Delegates in CD4, as well as Robert Derlet, a Democrat who ran against Tom McClintock in 2016 (McClintock earned his biggest victory ever with 62 percent of the vote that year).

By contrast, Regina Bateson has been endorsed by most Placer Democratic clubs and has been able to garner the most in-district fundraising. Here lies the most significant rationale in supporting Bateson: She is a proud product of Placer County and to have a female Placer County native in D.C. would be a milestone.

From working in retail at a young age in Roseville, to earning valedictorian title at Granite Bay High, then to Stanford University and Yale; Bateson’s education and professional experience allowed her to serve as Vice-Consul of the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City and later, an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT—all while being the mother to three children.
Party insiders have made it clear: they want Morse. But in doing so, they ignore the clear preference for Bateson in Placer County. Instead of respecting the primary process, insiders have created a targeted response to dissuade voters from supporting anyone but Morse. Regina Bateson is who our residents, our economy, and our environment deserve in times of uncertainty.

Rolando Diaz, Roseville