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New owners share beliefs in Press Democrat's and Argus-Courier's future

A partnership of influential local buyers told emotional stories Thursday about their purchase of The Press Democrat, describing it as nothing less than the salvation of a community institution.

In a press conference and at a gathering of newspaper employees, the new owners shared personal accounts of their ties to the paper and affirmed their belief in its journalism and prospects as a business.

They insisted they would refrain from interfering with news and editorial coverage. And they expressed confidence in their ability to steer the paper, with roots stretching back 155 years, out of the financial forces that have ravaged print media for more than a decade.

"I want this to be seen as the best community newspaper in the country," said Darius Anderson, the Sonoma-based developer and high-powered lobbyist who formed the purchase group, Sonoma Media Investments.

Another principal investor, former North Coast congressman Doug Bosco, said buying the paper would "return this great institution to its roots, where it got started and where it's going to stay."

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