Blog: Taking Nothing for Granted

I have a request to all our supporters: remind anyone you know who lives in the 10th Congressional District, a Northern California district that includes portions of Contra Costa, Solano, Alameda, and Sacramento counties, to vote on Tuesday, November 3rd.

In the last 5 days of this campaign, our aggressive phone banking and door knocking campaign will ramp up, but we need more volunteers this weekend and on Election Day. Please check out our Get Out the Vote page to see how you can help. Also, please consider devoting a few hours to remote phone banking.

Our conservative Republican opponent’s Tea Party base is hungry for an upset.

But the Contra Costa Times, the largest circulation newspaper within the 10th Congressional District, made the stakes in this election very clear:

"Voters will easily be able to discern the differences between Garamendi and Harmer, who disagree considerably on the major issues facing the nation and district.

"Garamendi supports single-payer health insurance. Harmer does not.

"Harmer opposed the federal stimulus package. Garamendi supported it.

"Garamendi wants a strong cap-and-trade system to help cut greenhouse gas emissions. Harmer calls it an onerous burden on consumers.

"Garamendi supports the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and a change in the law to allow same-sex couples to legally marry. Harmer has not taken strong positions on either."

We take nothing for granted in this race and we need your help in the final days of the campaign. In a special election with hard to predict turnout, we must mobilize our supporters and with your help, we can do just that.

Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi is the Democratic nominee for Congress in Northern California's 10th Congressional District. A public servant for more than three decades, Garamendi has served as a Peace Corps volunteer, state legislator, State Insurance Commissioner, and Deputy Interior Secretary under President Bill Clinton. You can follow Garamendi on Facebook, Twitter, and at

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