Election Connection

DEMOCRATIC CLUB EVENT: Steve Westly, former California state controller and candidate for governor, will be the featured speaker Wednesday at a Democratic fund-raising event held by the West Side Committee of the Central Valley Democratic Club.

The committee, based in Patterson, represents the county's Democrats west of the San Joaquin River. The event will be at the Diablo Grande Winery and Resort clubhouse. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a no-host bar and hors d'oeuvres. The dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner is $85 per person, $150 per couple or $600 for a table of eight. Some student scholarships are available. The event also will feature a silent auction of donated items. To R.S.V.P., call Dennis McCord at 892-6996 or Kris Santos at 894-3033. Or go to the group's Web site at www.cvdemocrats.org and fill out an R.S.V.P. request.

RECEPTION FOR BILL LEONARD: The Republican Party of Stanislaus County will hold a reception for Bill Leonard, a member of the state Board of Equalization. The event, at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, will be at the home of Dr. Lars and Sabrina Enevoldsen, 125 Griswold Ave., Modesto. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. The cost is $50 per person or $600 for sponsors (includes 10 tickets). Make checks payable to RPSC and send to P.O. Box 941, Modesto 95353, or pay online by credit card at www.stanislausgop.org. Click on "RPSC Reception With BOE Member Bill Leonard."

NEWS AND NOTES: Kimberly Gerber Spina, a candidate for the Modesto City Schools Board of Education, will hold a "meet and greet" Saturday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the home of Derald and Michele Lahti, 3816 Sundance Lake Court, Modesto. For more information, call 552-0603. ... The Republican Party of Stanislaus County has announced its endorsements. They can be found at www.stanislausgop.org.

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