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‘Keep It California PAC’ formed to oppose State of Jefferson

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Citizens from throughout rural California met in Redding April 7 and voted to form a new multi-county, nonpartisan political action committee, according to a news release from the organization.

"Keep It California PAC was formed to represent the interest of all Republican, Democrat and Independent voters who oppose separation from California," according to Keep It California Campaign Chair Cindy Ellsmore.

Ellsmore stated, "Our mission is to advocate for better representation of rural California and to oppose breaking away to form a new state."

The principal officers for the Keep It California PAC elected at this meeting include: Cindy Ellsmore, campaign chair, Sierra County; Kevin Hendrick, vice chair and spokesperson, Del Norte County; Rob Rowen, vice chair, campaign headquarters Shasta County; Dolly Verrue, secretary, Siskiyou County; John Mertes, treasurer, Del Norte County; and Larry Marks, assistant treasurer, Siskiyou County

"Keep It California is forming Local Coordinating Committees in every county where State of Jefferson proponents are active and has volunteers in 20 counties building these committees to monitor and respond to any incursions by Jefferson proponents," stated Hendrick.

Hendrick added, "Keep It California will provide material and financial assistance to these local efforts."

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Hendrick was the director of the Keep It California campaign in Del Norte County, which defeated the proposed State of Jefferson with 58 percent voting "No" on an advisory ballot measure in June 2014.

Keep It California plans to encourage local agencies to evaluate the financial risks and uncertainties and will inform voters and elected officials of the consequences of separating from California.

"If we separate from California, our communities will lose millions of dollars in funding for roads, education, and social services for youth, families and seniors," Ellsmore said.

She added, "Jobs funded by the state through our schools, counties, parks, prisons, police and nonprofit community provide living wage employment which helps support our local economy."