Bateson Wins Critical Endorsements from Educators Across District

April 18, 2018 (Rocklin, CA) -- From teachers to trustees, Regina Bateson has garnered the support of the education community in CA04. Bateson, an educator herself, feels her community’s public schools laid the foundation for her success. “I grew up here” she says. “This is where I learned the values of hard work, family, and standing up for what’s right. That’s why I’m running for Congress.”

Endorsers include Roseville Union Joint High School District Superintendent Ron Severson, and Board President Paige Stauss, in addition to Board Member of the Roseville City School District, Gary Miller. Growing up in Roseville, many of these educators were role models for Bateson, who maintained a rigorous extracurricular schedule and graduated valedictorian of her class at Granite Bay High School.

Former Principals Bud Nobili and Bob Christiansen, as well as former Art Teacher, John Bowler, of Del Oro High School have endorsed Bateson’s campaign. Kathi Jensen, former Principal of William Brooks Elementary School in El Dorado Hills, and former Primary Teacher, Annie Bowler, of Georgetown School in the Black Oak Mine Unified School District, have also pledged their support. “It’s time to get a new face representing District 4. Regina has a great background and many experiences she can draw from to come up with solutions instead of just voting party line,” explains Bob Christiansen.

Bateson firmly believes that our children deserve a world-class public education. In Congress, she would push the federal government to fund special education, which will free up money for school districts to pay for additional important programs. Bateson is raising her family in Roseville, the same community she grew up in. "In the future, all of our kids will look back on this time and will want to know what did we do? This is a pivotal moment for us." she says.

Bateson is currently on leave from MIT, where she has focused her tenure-tracked career as a political science professor on military security analysis. Her most recent published work analyzes how militaries work with and train civilians and militia members. Regina has received several awards for her research and for her mentoring of undergraduate students.

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Judge Strikes Down Congressional Candidate Jessica Morse’s Ballot Designation

March 28, 2018 (Rocklin, CA) – Sacramento Superior Court Judge Steven M. Gevercer today rejected congressional candidate Jessica Morse’s 4th-choice ballot designation of “National Security Fellow.”

While acknowledging that Morse has an “interest in National Security,” Judge Gevercer ruled that she presented “no credible evidence” to use the ballot designation of “National Security Fellow.” Instead, he held that this title would mislead the average person about her recent activities.

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla had previously rejected Morse’s desired ballot designation of “National Security Strategist” and her alternate designations of “National Security Advisor” and “National Security Specialist.”

Morse, who has campaigned for nearly a year as a self-described ‘National Security Strategist,’ will now appear on the ballot with no designation at all.

After rejecting “National Security Fellow” as her ballot designation, Judge Gevercer granted Morse’s attorney’s request that she be allowed to submit an alternate designation. Following negotiations to discuss acceptable alternative designations, however, Morse opted to go without a ballot designation.

Morse’s title of “National Security Fellow” was challenged in Sacramento Superior Court by Democratic congressional candidate Regina Bateson, represented by attorney Andrew Werbrock of Remcho, Johansen & Purcell LLP. Morse and Bateson are vying to replace Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) in California’s 4th Congressional District.

The legal complaint argued that “Ms. Morse’s ballot designation and alternative designations are false, misleading, and violate the Elections Code” because Morse “has not worked in the area of national security since at least 2015. Instead, she left government employment in that year to become a self-described ‘starving artist’ and has not held compensated employment since November 2016.”

In her reply, Morse’s legal team sought to justify her proposed title of “National Security Fellow” by providing evidence that she is a “political partner” of the Truman National Security Project.

In the hearing Wednesday, Judge Gevercer identified the Truman National Security Project as a “networking agency.” Members have to pay yearly dues to participate, and it does not meet the standards of a “principal profession, vocation, or occupation” as outlined by California law.

“The facts speak for themselves,” said Emma Lindsey-Severns, Bateson’s campaign manager. “We are glad the voters will be getting accurate information about the candidates appearing on the ballot. In this era of ‘alternative facts,’ truth, honesty, and transparency are more important than ever.”

The legal case follows months of controversy about Morse’s record. In February, the Sacramento Bee launched an independent investigation into Morse’s professional qualifications. The Bee found that on the campaign trail, Morse has been making “claims about her experience [that] are misleading or stretch the truth.”

Morse is backed by The Arena PAC, a DC-based group run by Obama campaign alums. In late February, delegates to the California Democratic Party state convention chose to endorse Morse, even though the majority of Democratic club members in the district had previously voted to support Bateson.

Bateson, an award-winning researcher who specializes in military and security affairs, lives in Roseville with her husband and three children.

Bateson’s complaint can be downloaded by clicking here.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s response can be downloaded by clicking here.

Morse’s response can be downloaded by clicking here and her declaration here.

Bateson's reply can be downloaded by clicking here.

Judge Gevercer's decision can be downloaded by clicking here.

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For More Information Contact:

Emma Lindsey-Severns
Campaign Manager, Bateson For Congress
Emma@Bateson4Congress.com
1 (916) 547-1944

Andrew Werbrock
Remcho, Johansen & Purcell LLP
aw@rjp.com
1 (510) 346-6214

CA Secretary of State Rejects Jessica Morse’s Ballot Designation of “National Security Strategist”

New Designation Challenged in Court; Hearing Set for Mar. 28

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March 26, 2018 (Rocklin, CA) – After months of controversy over Democratic congressional candidate Jessica Morse’s resume, the California Secretary of State has rejected her requested ballot designation of “National Security Strategist.” The Secretary of State also rejected Morse’s proposed alternative designations of “National Security Advisor” and “National Security Specialist.”

Morse’s fourth-choice designation of “National Security Fellow” is now being challenged in court by congressional candidate Regina Bateson. Morse and Bateson are vying to replace Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Elk Grove) in California’s 4th Congressional District.

The legal complaint argues that “Ms. Morse’s ballot designation and alternative designations are false, misleading, and violate the Elections Code” because “she has not worked in the area of national security since at least 2015. Instead, she left government employment in that year to become a self-described ‘starving artist’ and has not held compensated employment since November 2016.” The case will be heard in Sacramento Superior Court at 1:30 pm on Mar. 28.

“In this era of ‘alternative facts’ and ‘fake news,’ honesty and transparency are more important than ever,” said Bateson campaign manager Emma Lindsey-Severns. “The hardworking people of the 4th District deserve to know who they are voting for. They are entitled to accurate information about the candidates seeking to represent them.”

In documents submitted to justify her ballot designation, Jessica Morse’s own resume indicates that she was last formally employed in 2016, when she worked briefly as a field organizer for the Colorado Democratic Party. Morse’s personal financial disclosure lists no other earned income for 2016 or 2017. Documents submitted to the court show that Morse quit her job at USAID in 2015. The complaint states that “this was, by all accounts, the last steady job Ms. Morse held.”

In February, the Sacramento Bee launched an independent investigation into Morse’s professional qualifications. The Bee found that on the campaign trail, Morse has been making “claims about her experience [that] are misleading or stretch the truth.”

#TeamBateson has long enjoyed the most grassroots support in the 4th District, leading the pack in volunteer sign-ups, in-district fundraising, and support from community leaders. The Bateson campaign recently opened its headquarters at 5050 Rocklin Rd., Suite A20.

Bateson, an award-winning researcher who specializes in military and security affairs, lives in Roseville with her husband and three children.

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For More Information Contact:

Emma Lindsey-Severns
Campaign Manager, Bateson For Congress
Emma@Bateson4Congress.com
1 (916) 547-1944

Democrat Regina Bateson Opens Campaign Headquarters

Grassroots Community Oriented Campaign Launches Direct Voter Contact Operations In New Office

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March 17, 2017 (Rocklin, CA)-- Today,  Roseville native Regina Bateson opened her campaign headquarters in Rocklin, CA and launched her direct voter contact efforts. Bateson’s campaign has lead the way in local support, in-district contributions, and grassroots momentum in the race against Tom McClintock for California’s 4th Congressional District.

This momentum has given Bateson a huge advantage, as her volunteers start channeling their energy towards reaching out to their friends, family, and community about the upcoming election. "I'm so grateful to all the volunteers and supporters who helped make this happen.” Bateson says “We really have the community behind us, and they’ve been instrumental in the movement for change we’ve seen across the District.”

A large American Flag hangs on the wall of the office, a gift from one of the campaign’s volunteers sent to him after retiring from Active Duty. The flag used to fly above the Capitol, and reminds the campaign team of who they’re fighting for, and where they hope to go. Bateson – a former Foreign Service Officer for the State Department, an award-winning social scientist, and the mother of three young children – is running for Congress to fight for the urgent, practical needs of working families in the 4th District.

Bateson is the first serious challenger against Rep. McClintock since 2008, when Democratic nominee Charlie Brown lost by less than 1,700 votes. “Something amazing is happening here. The people of the 4th District are mobilizing by the thousands and building a real movement,” she explained.

Team Bateson opened its office in suite A20 of the Campus Plaza Shopping Center, across the street from Sierra College and 2 doors down from the Measure E campaign office. Bateson has endorsed Measure E, a funding measure for Sierra College lead by a bipartisan coalition of  community leaders. Bateson’s campaign has an active college and high school intern program and is seeking applications for additional interns.

The office is located at 5050 Rocklin Road at the corner of Sierra College Blvd. The office is open 10am - 7pm weekdays, Saturday 10am- 6pm, and Sunday 1pm-6pm. To sign up to knock doors or make calls to your friends, neighbors, and community please contact volunteer@bateson4congress.com.

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For more information, contact:

Emma Lindsey-Severns
Campaign Manager, Bateson for Congress
Emma@Bateson4Congress.com
1 (916) 547-1944

Regina Bateson Endorses Bond Measure E

California 4th Congressional Candidate Regina Bateson Endorses Sierra College Funding Measure

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March 3, 2018 (Roseville, CA) – Years after she took her first college class at Sierra College, Regina Bateson has thrown her support behind Bond Measure E, which is a funding measure to repair and modernize the school. Sierra College is a highly respected junior college that provides high-quality, affordable educational opportunities to students straight out of high school as well as workers looking to gain new skills.

Bateson's mother, Sharon Bateson, teaches nursing at the school, so she is acutely aware of its impact on the community. “Sierra College plays a critical role in our region,” Bateson said. “Many of our public safety officers, paramedics, nurses, and machinists are trained right here. I support smart investments to grow jobs and make sure our region continues to thrive. That's why I support Measure E.”

The proposed bond will be for $350 million, which would amount to less than $5 a month for the typical taxpayer.

According to Sierra College’s website, “the bond funds will be used to:
- Repair and bring aging facilities up to current building codes
- Modernize 50-year-old buildings so they can continue to be used in the future
- Build a new Science Building to meet demand from students
- Expand on-campus Veterans programs and training, preparing them for jobs in the private sector
- Increase training and education opportunities for Law Enforcement, Firefighters and Nurses.”

The Bond Measure will be voted on June 5, in the Primary Election where Bateson’s name will also appear on the ballot.

“Our young people deserve a world-class, affordable education, and local employers need a highly skilled workforce,” Bateson said. “I want to see Sierra College get the funding it needs so it can continue to be a positive force for our community.”

Bateson – a former Foreign Service Officer for the State Department, an award-winning social scientist, and the mother of three young children – is running for Congress to fight for the urgent, practical needs of working families in the 4th District.

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For More Information Contact:
Emma Lindsey-Severns
Campaign Manager, Bateson For Congress
Emma@Bateson4Congress.com
(916) 547-1944