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Adam Hill, 3rd District Supervisor, talks to Grover Beach Mayor John Shoals during the 2016 San Luis Obispo County Democrats Labor Day picnic in Arroyo Grande. Hill is expected to be among the guest speakers at this year's event, also to be held at Strother Park, according to organizers

Phil Klein, Contributor

Democrats will join forces on Labor Day at an Arroyo Grande park for some end-of-summer fun, to share a picnic lunch, raise party funds and do some politicking, just as they have for decades past.

Monday's free, family friendly event marks the San Luis Obispo County Democrats 60th annual Labor Day picnic, which will have a Rosie the riveter theme this year, according to organizers.

Festivities run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Strother Park, where attendees can expect to hear "inspired speeches," including an announcement by Jimmy Paulding, who plans to inform the crowd he's challenging incumbent 4th District Supervisor Lynn Compton in 2018.

Paulding, an Arroyo Grande resident and recent law school graduate, will make a formal announcement during Monday's event he's seeking the 4th District seat in June, according to a spokeswoman.

Other speakers include: Rep. Salud Carbajal; 2nd District Supervisor Bruce Gibson; 3rd District Supervisor Adam Hill; San Luis Obispo Mayor Heidi Harmon; and other local labor leaders.

Attendees can also expect live music and dancing, chances to win prizes and a barbecue with a suggested donation of $7. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, the spokeswoman said.

The community is encouraged to bring the whole family as well as friends to celebrate America's workforce during the event.

"This Labor Day we will be gathering together to celebrate our incredible local labor force and all the ways they lead the way and provide essential services for our community," said Quinn Brady, San Luis Obispo Progressives Democratic club officer.

He added, "Join us to support our unions and honor the important ways our elected officials can work alongside them to affect positive change in our county and beyond."

 

 

April Charlton covers Santa Barbara County for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow her on Twitter@WordsDawn

 

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