That's probably because state Sen.
Gaines is seeking re-election Tuesday to represent the
"It's a tough district," especially for a Democrat, he says.
The district, which takes in nine counties, and portions of two others, is certainly a huge one.
The nearly 52-year-old Rowen, who grew up in
Rowen, chairman of the Democratic Central Committee in
"Some places I was invited, some I wasn't," he said.
But, he said, everyone he has spoken with during the campaign has been gracious.
"I have not been received negatively," he said.
Still, it's going to be a steep climb to defeat the Republican incumbent, who was elected in a special election in 2011 to the state
Prior to his election to the
Gaines, who was out campaigning Friday, could not be reached for comment.
An insurance business owner and fifth-generation Californian who is known as a conservative and small business advocate, Gaines rails against wasteful government spending, high taxes and strict environmental regulations he says stifle job creation and economic growth.
But, if re-elected to a four-year term, he's also contemplating a possible run for the state
And that annoys Rowen, who considers Gaines as a career politician.
Rowen, who was recovering earlier this week from a bout of strep throat, says he is better attuned to
"I understand rural issues," he said, adding he has a lot in common with the district's voters.
And, he says, he's not like many
"I don't think
"We need to find common ground for the right of the people," he said.
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