Jonathan Smith, The Triplicate

Kashkari to join candidates at GOP campaign dinner Saturday

Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari is making a stop in Del Norte County Saturday as one of the featured candidates at the Del Norte Republican Party's "Dinner At The Ranch."

The second annual event, to be held at the Alexandre Kids Egg Ranch in Fort Dick, will host several state and local Republican candidates on the ballot for this November's General Election.

Sixteen local and state candidates are expected to be in attendance, said Karen Sanders, the organization's chair.

Those candidates include California Lieutenant Governor hopeful Ron Nehring, Secretary of State candidate Pete Peterson, Attorney General candidate Ronald Gold and U.S. Congressional District 2 candidate Dale Mensing.

Guests at the event can enjoy ameet-and-greet with the candidates along with auctions and drawings later in the evening.

Sanders said last year's event was well-received, but says this year's get-together could be significant for Del Norte Republicans because of the high volume of state candidates coming to the area.

Last year's event featured California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly.

"We have all these state candidates here at one time," Sanderssaid. "This will be a grand event for us in the Del Norte County Republican Party."

Tickets for the event cost $50, but interested people should hurry. Sanders said the event isclose to selling out.

Tickets are available at Del Norte Office Supply and Java Hut Express, located in Walmart. Tickets can also be purchased

The event begins at 6 p.m., with dinner expected to start at 7 p.m.

The Alexandre Kids Egg Ranch is located at 8260 Bailey Rd.