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Doolittle to skip Grass Valley debate with challenger Brown

Sun News Service

Congressional candidates will face off at a League of Women Voters’ conference on Thursday with a nameplate and empty chair where Rep. John Doolittle (R-Roseville) would be sitting had he agreed to attend.

Challenger Charlie Brown (D-Roseville) said he will still be at the two-hour discussion and debate set for 7 p.m. at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley. Dan Warren, the Libertarian candidate from Truckee, is also expected, said Ruth Schwarz, coordinating the event for the officially nonpartisan LOWV.

“We’re anticipating a decent crowd,” Schwarz said, despite the no-show by the eight-term incumbent.

Doolittle has never attended a LOWV forum before, according to the organization’s available records. Brown’s office criticized the Roseville Republican for skipping the forum.

“Doolittle refuses to face the voters of this county,” said Brown spokesman Todd Stenhouse, who reiterated an earlier promise of the Democratic challenger to debate Doolittle “anytime, anywhere.”