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RP TIBET MA.JPGHow better to tie a knot than with a western-themed wedding?

Assemblywoman Fiona Ma and firefighter-turned-politician Jason Hodge will get hitched Nov. 12 at Long Branch Farms, a village in Half Moon Bay, according to Nick Hardeman, Ma's chief of staff.

Guests will wear western garb to the nuptials, with Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez serving as sheriff. Invitations read like a wanted poster, claiming that Ma and Hodge are wanted for "crimes of passion, love and commitment."

The two, both Democrats, can thank party politics for bringing them together.

The San Francisco assemblywoman, who will be termed out next year, met Hodge while attending the state Democratic Party convention last year. They have been dating ever since, Hardeman said.

Hodge is a Ventura County firefighter and an Oxnard Harbor commissioner who is planning to run for the state Senate, Hardeman said.

The marriage will be Hodge's first and Ma's second, Hardeman said. No honeymoon plans have been announced.

With Hodge employed in Southern California, and Ma tied to Northern California, where will the couple live once wed?

"They haven't worked that out yet," Hardeman said

PHOTO CREDIT: Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco speaks on the Assembly floor in 2009. The Sacramento Bee/Randy Pench


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