California 4th District election preview: Tom McClintock vs. Brynne Kennedy

  • Six-term Rep. Tom McClintock will face Democrat Brynne Kennedy in California’s 4th Congressional District. 
  • The district is located in east-central California and is home to all of the counties of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorade, Maripose, and Tuolumne. 
  • The two candidates were chosen through California’s “top-two primary” system which places the top two candidates in the state’s primary on the November ballot, regardless of party.
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Six-term incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock will square off against Democratic challenger Brynne Kennedy in November in California’s 4th Congressional District.

California currently has a “top-two primary” system, meaning that the top two winners of the primary election go on the final ballot, regardless of their political party.

The candidates

McClintock is a former California state assemblyman and state senator, positions he held for a total of 12 years. Before running for a position in the U.S. House of Representatives, McClintock ran for the office of state controller in 1994 and 1992, governor in the 2003 recall gubernatorial election, and lieutenant governor in the 2006 gubernatorial election, losing in every single one. 

In Congress, McClintock serves on the House Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Natural Resources, focusing many of his efforts on natural resource issues important to California. McClintock has sided with President Donald Trump 88% of the time in his voting record since 2017, according to FiveThirtyEight.

Kennedy is a former United States gymnast and business owner of the software company Topia. She is a former columnist for the Financial Times and is the author of a book on employee mobility. Her campaign is focused on strengthening the Affordable Care Act, combatting wildfire threats, and modernizing the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

In 2018, McClintock defeated Democratic challenger Jessica Morse by eight percentage points, 54% to 46%, in the general election. 

The district

California’s 4th Congressional District is located in an entirely inland part of east-central California, stretching down from Truckee and South Lake Tahoe in Northern California down to the area outside of Fresno. 

It is home to all of the counties of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Mariposa, and Tuolumne as well as parts of Placer, Fresno, Madera, and Nevada counties. The district is home to some of California’s finest scenery and natural beauty, containing the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Sequoia National Forest.

In the 2016 presidential election, the 4th District voted for Trump over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in a 54-39 percentage point split of the vote, according to the Daily Kos.

The money race

Kennedy has narrowly outraised and outspent McClintock, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Kennedy has brought in $1.4 million, spent $1.1 million, and has over $356,000 in cash on hand. McClintock has raised $1.35 million, spent $932,000, and currently has about $646,000 left to spend as the November election approaches. 

What experts say

The race between McClintock and Kennedy is rated as “safe Republican” by Inside Elections and “likely Republican” by the Cook Political Report

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Tom Arnone, 58th House District

ENFIELD, CT — The 2020 election is heating up in Connecticut and there are plenty of races with candidates eager to serve in elected office. Eyes are primarily focused on the presidential election, but every state representative and senate seat is up for grabs. All five of Connecticut’s congressional seats are up for grabs as well.

There are 151 seats in the state House of Representatives and 36 in the state Senate. Democrats currently hold majorities in both chambers with a 91 to 60 lead over Republicans in the House and a 22 to 14 lead in the Senate.

Patch asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be publishing candidate profiles as election day draws near.

Tom Arnone, an Enfield resident, is running for reelection to the House of Representatives District 58.

Age: 59
Party affiliation: Democrat
Family: Wife Janice, children Jason, Bill, Jen, Tom. Three grandchildren.
Occupation: 37-year Water Pollution Control
Previous elected experience: Inland Wetlands, Board of Education, Town Council at large.
Family members in government: No
Campaign website:

The single most pressing issue facing our state is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

What are the critical differences between you and the other candidates seeking this post?
I am a compromiser willing to work with both sides. Knowledge of how the government works and experience.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as evidence you can handle this job?
President Thompsonville Little League, former co-chair Enfield Together Coalition, the Board of Education finance committee, co-chair Enfield Youth and Wellness Commission, CT Public Health Committee, CT Planning and Development committee, CT Regulation Review Committee, House of Representatives Assistant Majority Leader.

Do you believe Connecticut needs reform when it comes to electric utility oversight? What steps, if any should be taken?
Yes, reform is necessary. I support the governor’s decision to change utility oversight. Incentives for good performance, penalties for poor performance. It is important the legislature continue pressure on PURA to make change. We are holding public hearings to get public opinion on Eversource and United Illuminating.

What steps should state government take to bolster economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic for local businesses?
Connecticut was fortunate to have over $2 billion in reserves to help economic recovery. We should continue to support businesses through distributing the CARES Act stimulus, paycheck protection program, business response line of credit program. Continue opening up our economy following science and infection rates and continued testing.

List other issues that define your campaign platform:
Make sure Enfield gets its fair share in Hartford. In my first term Enfield received increased education funding in both years of the budget, $1.4 million for upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant. $1 million in additional COVID-19 funding for our schools, $23,000 to ensure our polling places are safe.

What else would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?
Enfield is my home and home to my children and grandchildren. I

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Chef Tom Becomes So Enraged He Storms Out of the Kitchen … or the Boat?

Chef Tom Checketts from Below Deck Mediterranean becomes unglued during lunch service as he ends up storming out of the kitchen. Could he be ready to walk?

Tom Checketts
Tom Checketts |Karolina Wojtasik/Bravo

Girlfriend Malia White warned Captain Sandy Yawn that Checketts was ready to leave as he grew more and more frustrated with the quality of the provisions. He explained that he is a perfectionist and that his reputation was on the line in the past few episodes.

Will he ultimately feel as though he can’t finish the last charter? Plus, why does he become so enraged in an upcoming episode?

The guests seem happy but Chef Tom stews

Guests on the last charter raved about Checketts’ food. A preview clip shows that the guests are also in love with the food too. But back in the galley kitchen, Checketts is melting down, upset with the fact he didn’t have time to fully debone the chicken before it was served.

“What a f**king disaster of a meal,” he tells White as she stands next to him. Yawn told White to stay out of the kitchen and away from Checketts at work, but clearly she is too concerned to follow orders. “I’m disgusted with this,” he adds.

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“Last time I had the time to kind of bone all the chicken out and then re-fold the chicken with some herbs and lemon and whatever else inside,” he explains in a confessional interview. “But it still looks like a whole baby chicken. It’s a nice way of eating it. I didn’t have that time so I just quickly took the fillets off. It’s so frustrating.”

Chef Tom is pushed over the edge

Checketts plates the chicken and gets it ready to serve. “Do you want something on top of [it],” White asks Checketts about a garnish. But Checketts snidely responds, “Yeah, f**king crack cocaine.”

Aesha Scott stands by to run the chicken to the guests. “Tom’s this spoiled British brat,” Scott says in a confessional. “How do you see that as attractive?” But Scott remains professional, remarking that the chicken looks lovely.

RELATED: ‘Below Deck Med’: Aesha Scott Almost Saw ‘Evil’ in Tom Checketts’ Eyes

Suddenly Checketts can’t take it any longer. He throws his towel on the ground and storms out of the kitchen. “F**king hell!” he hollers as he walks away cursing. White, who is still in the kitchen, chases after Checketts. He clearly tries to find a space away from the cameras to meltdown.

White asks him what happened. “It’s just f**king sh*t,” he tells her. “It’s all f**king sh*t.” He continues to walk away down the stairs.

Chef Tom retreats to his cabin

“F**king hell,” Checketts says as he goes to his cabin. “I’m not gonna f**king do this. What a f**king joke.” He continues to curse as White stands next to him unsure what to do.

“Two more dinners to get through,” White reminds Checketts.

“I don’t

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Tom Kerridge’s Drive-in Garden Party at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells with live music and food by Michelin-starred chefs

Michelin-starred chefs will be rustling up the snacks at a special, socially-distanced event this weekend, headed by chef Tom Kerridge, with a mix of live music, crafts and mouthwatering treats on the menu.

After being forced to postpone his Pub in the Park to next year, but he’s on a mission to bring some fun, festival feels to the county regardless and has come up with an event for the changing times, his Drive-In Garden Party at Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells.

Settling back in style at Tom Kerridge's Drive-In Garden Party Picture: Edd Cope
Settling back in style at Tom Kerridge’s Drive-In Garden Party Picture: Edd Cope

And he’s brought some top chefs with him to keep festival-goers fuelled .

The event will feature Tom’s food, along with Atul Kochhar and Paul Ainsworth, providing Michelin quality food in a safe and socially-distanced format.

The offering consists of a £30 exclusively designed three course chef’s special menu from each chef, and an extra treat too, which need to be booked in advance.

As well as offering smaller individual dishes from £6, with Kerridge’s Bar & Grill serving up salt baked Cornish new potatoes & summer truffle with aged parmesan sauce, Paul Ainsworth’s iconic Cornish pasty from The Mariners and Kochhar’s classic Chicken Tikka Kathi Roll.

Each private garden has been designed for groups to relax and enjoy the festival vibes along with top quality food.

Atul Kochhar
Atul Kochhar

Hampers of drinks can be ordered to be delivered by waiting staff and guests will be able to walk around the perimeter of the main arena, with arrows to follow, to soak up the atmosphere and shop from the Pub in the Park family of brands, including small producers at the Artisan Car Boot Sale.

Atul Kochhar's sides, on the menu for Tom Kerridge's Garden Party Picture: Mike Cooper
Atul Kochhar’s sides, on the menu for Tom Kerridge’s Garden Party Picture: Mike Cooper

The event on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, also includes live music by Keane, Squeeze, Gabrielle and Soul II Soul Sound System.

And if you don’t fancy driving to the drive-in, walk-in tickets for those who want to go by taxi or get dropped off are available. You can get dropped off at the designated meeting area to be guided to a walk-in, socially-distanced private garden.

Chef Paul Ainsworth's food is on the menu
Chef Paul Ainsworth’s food is on the menu

After the announcement of the government’s rule of six , organisers said in a statement: “The covid-compliant event will welcome visitors to their enclosed garden where they will have a safe space to enjoy the event in their bubble. For movement within the venue, guests will have a large amount of space to socially distance, and clear directions to follow which will allow safe distance from other visitors.”

Tom added: “We remain committed to providing great food and drink events throughout these difficult and complicated times.”

The socially-distanced crowds at Tom Kerridge's Drive-In Garden Party
The socially-distanced crowds at Tom Kerridge’s Drive-In Garden Party


Pub in the Park’s Drive In Garden Party at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells is on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.

Tickets prices cost from £47.93. Food and drink need to be ordered

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