Keating campaign book on way

Assembly candidate Janice Keating is trying to reshape the campaign's dialogue with a 59-page book that's hitting foothill and valley mailboxes this week.

The former Modesto city councilwoman put the work together to explain her background and views with more detail than she can offer in a debate. She's one of six candidates vying to succeed Assemblyman Tom Berryhill, who is running for a Senate seat.

The candidates share similar views on taxes, spending and environmental regulation. "On the campaign trail, I noticed we all sound an awful lot alike on the issues," she wrote.

The book, "Words and Deeds," is going to households with voters registered as Republicans and voters who do not state which party they favor in the six-county district. It covers all or parts of Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne, Mariposa, Mono and Madera counties.

It's part biography and part campaign platform, echoing back to a book Modesto Mayor Jim Ridenour mailed to voters in his 2003 campaign.

She highlights her upbringing in Modesto, her work to watchdog city finances on the council and her efforts to bring a homeless shelter to downtown Modesto.

"Hopefully it's meaningful that I'm willing to lay out who I am and earn people's votes for the fact that I'm willing to do the hard work," she said this week.

— Adam Ashton