Primary Elections 06/02/98 28th Assembly District
Vote for 1
Thursday, May 28, 1998
1. Name, age, occupation, number of years in district.
2. How much do you plan to raise & spend? Is there anyone you would refuse money from?
3. What is your position on the "English for the Children" initiative?
4. How would you fix Monterey County''s traffic congestion problems?
5. How well is welfare reform working on a state level? What you would change?
6. Do you support the state''s class size reduction mandates & how should the state pay for them?
7. Has the CA Coastal Commission become too politicized? What, if anything, would you change about how the commission operates?
8. Why are you the best candidate for this position?
1. 65, Republican
Lifelong district resident
2. I will raise & spend on my campaign what is necessary to win. I don''t accept PAC, lobbyist or tobacco contributions.
3. I support the "English for the Children" initiative. California''s mandatory bilingual education program is a failure, depriving children of the opportunity to learn English & get good jobs. Over 100 different languages are spoken in the state''s schools. The current system is broke.
4. I''ve put CalTrans on the hot seat many times, squeezing millions of extra dollars in state transportation funding for MoCo. I''m involved in the Prunedale bypass & widening Highway 101 & will continue to use the power of my office to alleviate local congestion.
5. I authored legislation that guided the landmark welfare reform in 1997 which ended generations of welfare dependency & put able-bodied recipients to work. I''m working with members of both parties to build more jobs & put even more welfare recipients to work.
6. I co-authored the original class size reduction law in 1996 with a Democrat colleague of mine. This year, I''m co-authoring legislation to permanently guarantee funding for class size reduction which is proven to help kids learn better & sooner.
7. The coastal commission has become too politicized in recent years & should re-focus its attention to not only protecting the coast, but protecting property rights as well. Commission members should be more accountable to the public, & not appointed for political purposes.
8. I''m a citizen-legislator, not a career politician. I don''t accept lobbyist or PAC money or let them in my office-you''re my "special interest." I''m a coalition builder who works well with all parties, my wife''s family are Democrats & we get along fine.
1. 52, Democrat
29 years in district
2. We plan to raise $600,000 in contributions & $400,000 in in-kind contributions. We are not accepting contributions from tobacco companies or the NRA.
3. I oppose the so-called "English for the Children Initiative," Proposition 227.
4. As Salinas mayor, I have been actively involved in the intramodal transportation center that will bring rail service to Salinas & the South County. Long-term solutions must include light rail to connect the Salinas Valley & the Peninsula.
5. Reform is on the right track, but must be matched with programs to make the transition from welfare to work easier. I will work to raise the minimum wage to a level that is competitive with welfare in order to encourage this transition.
6. Education is my top priority. I absolutely support the class size reduction mandate. Will support legislation to reduce class sizes & provide funds to build more classrooms to house students. Will support lowering the percentage required to pass a school bond.
7. I look forward to working with the CA Coastal Commission & learning more about how a balance can be achieved between the environment & the needs of our coastal communities. I favor protection of the coast, & maintaining a strong economy for local workers.
8. I''ve had front-line experience in local government. I served on the Alisal school board from 1983-87, on the city council from 1987-91 & as mayor since 1991. I really know & understand what the issues are for the residents of the district.
1. 40, Libertarian
Marketing Director, Freelance Writer
11 years in the district
2. I will not accept money from anyone wanting special treatment from the government.
3. Bilingual schooling practiced in CA public schools for 20 years has proven a failure. The initiative moves in the right direction but does not go far enough to give the parents the power to educate their children the way they want to.
4. Government projects have failed to provide solutions to public needs. If private companies were allowed to build roads with the intent of providing a public need & profits for the investors, there would be not public transportation problems.
5. Welfare reform has followed the example of all government projects; it has not met goals & cost more than projected. The ultimate effect of reform has been shifting the responsibility of payment to welfare families to new, expensive government bureaucracies, increasing taxpayer cost.
6. The state should not be dictating any school policies to local boards. The state should not be providing any money to local districts. Any state funding should go through parents to give them the choice of what kind of education their children should have.
7. The commission has become a typical government bureaucracy. Decisions are not meeting public needs & it helps small vocal groups of people with their own selfish interests. No government "commission" should be dictating to private land owners the use their land should be put to.
8. I am the only candidate that trusts citizens to be wise enough to control their own lives. All other candidates by their own actions prove their distrust of the common citizen. This violates the public trust given to them by an election.