A pilot program to offer public funds to statewide political candidates will be the subject of a rally Saturday, Feb. 6, from 4 to 6 p.m. in San Mateo.
State Sen. Leland Yee, Assembly members Ira Ruskin and Jerry Hill, and San Mateo County Supervisor Rich Gordon will be among the speakers, according to the California Fair Elections Working Group, which is sponsoring the event.
The rally is in support of the California Fair Elections Act, which the state will place on the ballot in the June 8 election, according to the group. The pilot program would offer public funding to candidates for secretary of state in the 2014 and 2018 campaigns. Candidates who elect to forego private funding would receive $1 million to conduct a primary campaign, and $1.3 million to devote toward the general election.
The rally will be held in the auditorium of St. Bartholomew Church at 600 Columbia Drive in San Mateo, at the corner of Alameda de las Pulgas and Crystal Springs Road.