State of Jefferson

Candidates running for local office in the March 3 primary election will answer questions at a forum Wednesday night hosted by the State of Jefferson’s Tuolumne County chapter.

The free event is scheduled to run from 6 p.m to 8:30 p.m. and will be held in the county Board of Supervisors’ meeting room on the fourth floor of the County Administration Center at 2 S. Green St. in Sonora.

“Representation is what we’re all about, and representation starts on the local level,” said Dave Tichenal, president and co-founder of the movement’s local chapter.

Titchenal said all candidates running for county supervisor, Sonora City Council and Superior Court judge were invited to the forum and most have confirmed they will participate.

Each candidate will give answers to three questions that were sent to them ahead of time related to the United States Constitution, immigration laws, and gun rights.

The candidates will also each take up to five questions from people at the forum, but Titchenal said they should be about topics that local government has authority over.

“Homelessness, roads, how they can afford the justice center… I would like them to ask those questions and not ones that aren’t in the local government’s purview,” Titchenal said.

County Auditor-Controller Debi Bautista, who also serves as registrar of voters, will first give an update on new laws pertaining to voting and party registration before the question-and-answer session begins.

Titchenal said his goal is to get through the questions by about 8 p.m. and give the candidates some time at the end to meet people in attendance.


Contact Alex MacLean at or (209) 588-4530.


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