Democratic Candidate Bill Hedrick Joins Reid & Hellyer for Lunch; Republican U.S. Rep. Ken Calvert To Visit In Late March

February 4, 2010

DSC00378-1.JPGWith the 2010 election season underway, Riverside law firm Reid & Hellyer is quickly becoming the legal sounding board for politics in the Inland Empire.

Democratic Congressional candidate Bill Hedrick visited the offices of Reid & Hellyer on Thursday to meet with attorneys from multiple Riverside law firms, including Best, Best & Krieger, Thompson & Colegate and Gresham Savage. Attendees also included leadership from University of California, Riverside and local business professionals.

DSC00379-1.JPGThe visit is a part of Reid & Hellyer's effort to bring the candidates for the 44th Congressional District to the Inland Empire as issues such as healthcare reform, jobs and the economy overshadow the upcoming 2010 elections. Reid & Hellyer Associate Attorney Scott Talkov introduced Hedrick and organized the event.

"As the election nears, we as a firm plan on having a larger role in community affairs," Talkov said. "That is why we reached out to Bill Hedrick, and we are excited to have Congressman Calvert visit us later next month."

Hedrick, a member of the Corona-Norco Unified School District Board of Education, narrowly lost to Congressmn Ken Calvert in 2008 by just over 6,000 votes, catapulting California's 44th Congressional District and the Inland Empire into the crosshairs of both major political parties.

DSC00380-1.JPGHedrick spoke to a group of about 35 attorneys and other professionals from the Riverside area about his positions on the bank bailouts, support of healthcare reform and concerns about the nation's foreclosure crisis that has hit the Inland Empire particularly hard.  Hedrick also expressed support of fair trade agreements and his nuanced opinions of the Obama administration.

The attorneys had numerous questions for Hedrick, including concerns of a struggling middle-class, growing federal deficit, and corporate spending in campaigns. Guests were invited by Theresa Weathers to a follow-up fundraiser.

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