Posts Tagged ‘State Assembly’
There has been much jockeying by the Democratic hopefuls for AD 79, including a Republican-turned-Democrat-turned-Independent who has now decided not to run. The biggest question, though, is why Rudy Ramirez is putting his name in this race? He has never lived East of the 805 and last I checked the new 79th basically ends at the edge of the 805 and goes East. Rudy lives way down in Southwest Chula Vista right between the 5 and 805 – he has lived there for many years.
North County’s senior state legislator, Sen. Mark Wyland, has endorsed Escondido City Councilwoman Marie Waldron for the open 75th State Assembly seat. Redistricting and term limits place Escondido, Fallbrook, San Marcos , Valley Center (and Riverside County’s Temecula) in a newly-numbered district with no incumbent.
Councilwoman Waldron is the only announced GOP candidate to date. “I’ve known Marie for fifteen years,” said Senator Wyland in a prepared statement . “She has a proven track record as a true conservative – I trust her to go to Sacramento to fight against the tax and spend culture in Sacramento and to promote real job creating policies.”
From the Maienschein campaign…
Dear Fellow Republican:
If you agree that we need more Republicans in Sacramento who will fight to eliminate the regulations and tax policies that are driving businesses and jobs out of California, please join us in endorsing Brian Maienschein for State Assembly in the 77th District.
As a City Councilman, Brian Maienschein worked closely with the business community, earning a 100% voting score from the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and personally helping to grow local businesses and attract new ones. He stood up for open competition on construction projects to reduce taxpayer costs.
New faces, new districts, and more competition
by Ron Nehring
Let’s take a quick look at the draft Assembly, State Senate and Congressional district maps in San Diego County. While these drafts may change in the weeks ahead, they give us good insight into the direction things are moving, and therefore, who’s likely to gain, and whose jobs have become more difficult. Demographic and election performance data is forthcoming, and may influence the analysis. With the information available now, this is what we have:
Mark Walker Reports for the North County Times:
A top local aide to Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is drawing on his extensive political experience to run for a seat in the California Assembly in 2012.
Phil Paule, Issa’s district director and a resident of French Valley, said Thursday that he wants to be a legislative voice for middle-class families.
“I believe I know what works and what doesn’t work and want to do the best I can to get the state back on track,” said Paule, 48, who in addition to his work for the Republican congressman also holds a seat on the Eastern Municipal Water District board.
I took a look at the first cut of the new district lines for north county. One seat is mostly made up of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Vista, and Encinitas. I think this is pretty much where everyone here in north county thought a seat would fall. So far the only candidate in the race has been Sherry Hodges. Sherry has been running hard, trying to get out front. She has a number of local elected officials who have endorsed her, and has hired downtown political consultant Tom Shepard. Not sure how much money she’s raised. She’s also somehow earned the “anti-endorsement” of the current holder of the district and her former boss Assemblyman Martin Garrick.
The State Redistricting Commission will view these draft maps drawn by their staff this week. View all of them here for the entire state: http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/meeting_handouts.html
If they are adopted (no certainty!) here’s how they appear to affect North County’s Assembly districts. Caveat: These analyses are written on the fly, and the Maps may well be changed later.
First, the COASTAL District: Runs north/south from Oceanside to Carlsbad to Encinitas and Solana Beach, also Vista to the east. That means recent State Veterans Secretary Rocky Chavez of Oceanside competing with legislative aide and ex-school board member Sherry Hodges of Encinitas for the GOP nod to succeed Martin Garrick.
If the preliminary California Staff-prepared maps stand up, here are the remaining SD County Assembly maps, and they all spell T-R-O-U-B-L-E for Assemblyman Martin Block (D), and an OPPORTUNITY for Republicans to win a Coastal district from Democrats. http://wedrawthelines.ca.gov/meeting_handouts.html
Block faces 3 options: (1) stay in his current East SD home and challenge popular GOP incumbent Brian Jones in a district based on La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee and Lakeside. (2) follow the bulk of AD 78′s population to the South Bay, leaving behind heavily Democratic East SD city precincts (3) Head West to an open Coastal seat and face a “Republican to be Named Later” in a toss-up district. No matter which choice he makes, Block faces a much tougher race in 2012.
Following Barry Jantz’ post of a couple of weeks ago saying that Sherry Hodges confirmed she would be running for State Assembly, today Hodges announced just that…
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