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Time to party

Left, right, it doesn’t matter –– Election Day a great opportunity for voters to party
By: Bruce Warren, Journal staff writer
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No matter your partisanship, there’s nothing like an Election Day party. All eyes will be glued to television screens around Placer County as national presidential election returns come in for Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain. For local Election Day parties, there are two different sites. For Democratic campaign volunteers, it’s Auburn. For Republican volunteers, it’s Roseville. Democrats will be gathering at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the State Theater on Lincoln Way, while Republicans will gather at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sierra View Country Club. Dave Albright, former owner of Fowler’s TV on Lincoln Way, plans to visit the State Theater but also said the Democratic campaign headquarters office on Lincoln Way will also be full. “Every time there was a debate, we had our headquarters room full,” Albright said. Over at Republican campaign headquarters on High Street, volunteer Paula Celick, president of Auburn Area Republican Women Federated, expects to be at the campaign office most of the day until it closes at 8 p.m. “The volunteers are all invited to the Sierra View Country Club,” Celick said. Republican David Titus, campaign manager for Bruce Kranz, plans to go to the Roseville party after he has finished working at the High Street headquarters. “I’m looking forward to election night for a lot of reasons,” Titus said. “I’ve been told the address and time of the party and I’ll show up, but I don’t know any of the details.” Tom Jones, former chairman of the Placer County Republican Party central committee, plans to visit Bill Kirby’s election night party at the Monkey Cat. “We’ll have hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar for our some 125 contributors,” Jones said. “I expect that we will have about 25 people of our hard-working committee. We’ll have a laptop and TV there. I’ll be going over to the county to watch them run the first batch of absentee ballots. It’s something I’ve been doing for the past 25 years.” For the Democrats, besides the State Theater, there will be private election parties at two different homes in the Robie Point neighborhood. Jan Wilson, a volunteer election worker at the Democratic headquarters, plans to host one of those parties. “I think it’s going to be an exciting night,” Wilson said. “We’ve been talking about this for so long. I’m feeling very optimistic. We’re expecting a lot of Democratic victories.” When asked if she had any good campaign stories, Wilson related a story about her sister-in-law in Ohio. Wilson asked her why she liked Sarah Palin, the Republican candidate for vice president. “She can shoot and she’s so smart and bought Ohio State T-shirts and hats,” replied the sister-in-law. When Jones, a Republican, was asked if had heard anything humorous about the Obama campaign, he said he could not think of anything funny. Wilson’s grandson compares the Presidential race to a sporting event and told his grandmother that whoever wins this race should get a medal. Democrat Lindsay Rand of Auburn also plans to hold an election party at her Robie Point house. “I’m going to have a few friends come in to watch all the good guys win,” Rand said. “I’ll be watching CNN just because I’m used to the commentators.” Scott Holbrook, Auburn Recreation District chairman, is not running for office but after work and the polls close, he plans to go to the open house at the county clerk offices. “It has been a long-time tradition for me to go to visit Jim McCauley, Ryan Ronco and the rest of the staff at their open house,” Holbrook said. “Jim is a great host and seeing the process in action is pretty neat. I encourage all to check this out. You get the results fresh off the press and you see how secure and careful our votes are handled and respected.” Once he sees the direction the poll results are taking, Holbrook will head out to attend a couple of candidate gatherings, he said. The Journal’s Bruce Warren can be reached at brucew@goldcountrymedia.com.