May 11, 2018 (Rocklin, CA) – Candidate for California’s 4th Congressional District, Regina Bateson, publicly pledged today to hold hold 10 town halls in her first calendar year in Congress — one in each of the district’s 10 counties. The “Town Hall Pledge” is an initiative of the Town Hall Project, a national, volunteer-based organization empowering constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives.
Not only has Bateson committed to holding 10 town halls per year if elected, but she has started early. On Thursday evening in Truckee, she held the second town hall in a series leading up to California’s June 5th Primary. In addition to the town halls, Bateson plans to open multiple district offices to give voters access to the constituent services that most representatives provide, but which Republican Tom McClintock has failed to offer.
“I believe that our district deserves a Representative who will be open, accessible, and accountable” Bateson said. “I am dismayed that the other candidates refuse to give voters a chance to ask questions and get answers from the people running to represent them. If they can’t do it now, what can we expect if they’re elected to office?”
During the town hall, Bateson answered questions on topics ranging from gridlock in Washington, to her environmental positions, to her qualifications and her prior work for the State Department. Bateson was recently endorsed by the Sacramento Bee and the Modesto Bee, whose editorial boards have concluded that she would be the strongest challenger to Tom McClintock in the fall.
Bateson prides herself on running an open, honest, and transparent campaign that focuses on the practical needs of the district, not fluff. Hoping to give the district an independent voice, she has raised most of her money in-district from small-dollar donors. She has not taken any PAC money for the primary. “Voters are looking for a real choice,” Bateson said. They are sick and tired of career politicians beholden to special interests and big, highly partisan donors outside our community. This year is an opportunity for a real change. I am a pragmatic problem-solver who will get results for us.”
Raised in Roseville, which accounts for nearly 20% of the district’s population, Bateson stepped up to run after attending one of McClintock’s town halls herself. Appalled by his dismissive, disrespectful attitude towards the people he represents, she decided to do something about it by filing to run against him.
Bateson is a military security researcher and professor who is now raising her family in the same community that raised her. Her campaign is supported by a coalition of bipartisan community leaders ranging from city council members, to former elected officials, to educators– some of whom knew her from her time in Placer County’s public schools. She will be a fresh, honest, independent voice for the people of her district. “Tom McClintock is out of step with our values,” Bateson said. “I know we can do better.”