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California election returns could play big in suburban Chicago

November 2, 2010 |  7:00 pm

ChiangJonesIf things go well for California Democrats, Tuesday could be a huge day for Carl Sandburg High School near Chicago.


Because the suburban public school could soon have two of its alumni holding statewide office in the nation's most populous state.

State Controller John Chiang, class of 1980, is up for reelection and Assemblyman Dave Jones, a Sacramento Democrat also from the class of 1980, is seeking to join him as insurance commissioner.

The Democratic duo know each other well: they were president (Jones) and vice-president (Chiang) of their high school at the same time.

The pair swept into office on an anti-disco platform.

"Disco music was going out, and punk and new wave music was coming in," Jones said in an interview earlier this year.

Jones said the two would occasionally spend their Saturday evenings at homework parties together in those days. Get ready to party, California.


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-- Shane Goldmacher

Photo:  John Chiang, left, and Dave Jones.  Credit: Assemblyman Dave Jones' Facebook page