Freshman Democrat Assemblyman Martin Block will face a challenge this year as Rick L. Powell and Emma Turner filed preliminary papers this week to seek the GOP nomination in the 78th Assembly distriict.
Shirley Horton won the seat for the GOP in 2002 and held it 6 years until term-limited. Block got the 78th in the Obama wave of 2008, but has lagged in fundraising so far this cycle.
Emma Turner of Spring Valley is an elected member of the La Mesa Spring Valley school board and winner of 2 elections there. She is a psychologist and retired US Naval officer. She has a PhD in psychology and a Master’s in Human Relations.
According to Rostra’s sources, Rick Powell of San Carlos is a retired Army Colonel and also served as Federal agent in both Customs & BATF. He’s an Iraq war veteran, acting as a Brigade commander, and holds the Bronze Star.
Republicans can be Proud to have two such fine and well-
qualified candidates ready to defeat Martin Block and put the 78th back in the GOP column where it belongs.
We will ask each candidate to offer their views to Rostra’s
readers in the future.