Denney, Betancourt to speak at Oct. 12 Democrat dinner

Democratic Congressional Candidate Audrey Denney and State Assembly Candidate Elizabeth Betancourt will both speak at the Siskiyou Democrats’ Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Sons of Italy Hall in Weed.

Denney is a professor of Agriculture at CSU Chico and Betancourt, is a researcher and policy planner for water and forest management. Both are or have been farmers, according to a press release from the Siskiyou Democrats.

“They both represent and advocate for core rural values of hard work, integrity, sustainable small farming, and preservation of water and forest resources,” the release states. “In their work with local communities they have each demonstrated collaborative leadership skills in building coalitions among diverse local interests to find common ground in protecting our precious resources and rural ways of life.”

“Both Audrey Denney and Elizabeth Betancourt know from their own experience that Republicans and Democrats have more in common than divides us,” the release continues. “The political polarization our country is experiencing right now not only keeps us from getting anything done that will help our communities – it also threatens the very foundation of our democracy. The ability to bring people together in common cause to solve major challenges, instead of ever increasing anger and divisiveness, is a skill valued by most voters across the political spectrum in Siskiyou County and badly needed throughout our country.”

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