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The Sacramento Press Club is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to supporting the next generation of journalists through college scholarships. In addition, the Sacramento Press Club is committed to informing and educating its members and the public through monthly luncheons featuring news makers from throughout the nation.

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April 17: Lt. Gov candidates face off in debate

The role of California’s lieutenant governor may seem mostly ceremonial, but it’s enough to entice plenty of people to want the office. The lieutenant governor helps shape education, environment, and economic policy on the University of California Board of Regents and the California State University Board of Trustees, the State Lands Commission, Ocean Protection Council, and Commission for Economic Development. The state’s second-highest ranking elected official can break a tie in the state Senate. And let’s not forget the role of acting governor when the governor leaves the state.


Join the Sacramento Press Club April 17 for a debate between candidates for lieutenant governor who on the June statewide primary ballot. UC Davis spokeswoman and journalist Pamela Wu will moderate the debate, with a panel of journalist asking questions of the candidates. 


About the lunch:
Date: Tuesday, April 17
Time: 11:00 registration opens, lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: 1231 I Street, Third Floor

Purchase Deadline: April 16 at 9 p.m.

Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members


Jeffrey Bleich is a Democrat and a partner in the public policy and regulation practice at the law firm Dentons. He served briefly as special counsel to President Barack Obama in 2009 before he became U.S. Ambassador to Australia from 2009 to 2013. He is chair of the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Ed Hernandez is a Democrat and a state senator representing the 22nd District in the San Gabriel Valley.  He also served in the Assembly for four years. Hernandez is a practicing optometrist, and previously served as president of the California Board of Optometry. He is chair of the Senate Health Committee.

Eleni Kounalakis is a Democrat and former president of housing development company AKT Development. She served as U.S. ambassador to Hungary from 2010 to 2013. As a party activist, Kounalakis has worked on campaigns for candidates and initiatives starting with the 1992 U.S. Senate race. She is chair of the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment.

Lydia Ortega is a Republican and professor of economics at San Jose State University, where she chaired the economics department for almost 15 years. At SJSU, she has also served as chair of the University Council of Chairs and Directors and the President’s Commission on Diversity, as well as other strategic planning and search committees.

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