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GOP women forming Manteca group
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A group of Manteca Republican women are hoping to bring back a local political group that hasn’t been active in the city for some time.

Tonight at 6 p.m. at Chez Shari, the founding members of the new Republican Women Federated in Manteca will be welcoming in anybody who wants to be a part of the group – leaving organizers to hope that the upcoming mid-term elections will help draw even more people wishing to join.

Group President Sophia Sorensen says that any woman wishing to be a part of the group is encouraged to come to the meeting tonight – scheduled to run from 6 to 7 p.m.

And it’s not the only event being held tonight to mobilize Republicans in California’s 11th congressional district.

South San Joaquin Republican President Frank Aquila will be in Brentwood/Discovery Bay to accept an invitation from the Republican Women Federated of Eastern Contra Costa County and the TEA Party Patriots to host a candidate’s forum.

According to Aquila, the forum will be similar to the one held earlier this year in Manteca. It will be held at the church of the East Bay Pentecostals in Brentwood – located at 605 Harvest Park Drive just off of Highway 4.

The forum will include the four remaining candidates hoping to secure the Republican nomination to challenge two-term incumbent Jerry McNerney in the fall – Brad Goehring, Elizabeth Emken, David Harmer and Tony Amador – and is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. and wrap up at around 8:30 p.m.

Aquila will also be welcoming the public to a meeting of the South San Joaquin County Republicans on May 10 at Chez Shari starting at 6 p.m. – focusing the meeting on local Republican candidates that are running for offices throughout the area.

Rita Stop – the woman coordinating the TEA Party gatherings in San Joaquin County – will be the meeting’s premier speaker and will take the stage at 6:30 p.m.

Scheduled to appear are Lathrop Mayor Kristy Sayles, Manteca mayoral candidate Benjamin Cantu and Tracy City Council candidates Bob Elliott and Larry Hite. California Assembly hopeful Jack Mobley will be on hand, as will California Senatorial candidates Bret De St. Jeor, Heidi Fuller and Tom Berryhill.

Both Emken and Goehring will be on hand to introduce themselves as 11th congressional district candidates, and Mike Berryhill – the 18th congressional district candidate – will also be introducing himself.

Any other Republican candidates that wish to be a part of the meeting and introduce themselves and their campaign are encouraged to attend.

To contact Jason Campbell, e-mail, or call (209) 249-3544.