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Bill Dodd Vows To Put People Above His Party

In the race to represent California Assembly District 4, Napa County Supervisor Bill Dodd (Democrat) is pitted against retired Marine Corps Officer Charlie Schaupp (Republican) in a race that will likely be decided by the district’s 28% of unaffiliated or third party voters.

The district is currently represented by Democrat Mariko Yamada, who in her 6 years in the legislature has become one of the top 5 most ideological Democrats in the Assembly, according to the Sunlight Foundation. 

Voters in the district, however, are increasingly rejecting party labels, with over 28% of the voting population not registered with a major political party. In order to appeal to the growing number of independent-minded voters in his district, Bill Dodd vows to put the people in his district over his party's ideology. 

“When I said I put people above the party, that was a reference to the vitriolic partisanship that has been going on in Washington, D.C. and Sacramento…This message has been resonating. I figure most of the district is from the middle-left to the middle-right and they were the reason I finished in first place in my race.” - IVN News

A candidate forum is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 11 at the St. Helena Public Library, where both Bill Dodd and Charlie Schaupp will speak and answer questions. 


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