What Would You Ask AD66 Candidates?

Readers, what questions should Patch ask candidates for California's new 66th Assembly District, which covers the South Bay?

Patch will be querying the candidates vying for the 66th Assembly District as the June 5 primary election campaigns shift into high gear.

There is no incumbent for this race, as Assemblywoman Betsy Butler, who  represents the current 53rd district that covers much of the area, has decided to run for the new seat in the 50th Assembly District.

We'll be gathering biographical information and presenting the candidates with a questionnaire to help voters understand where they stand on the issues.

The 66th Assembly District was redrawn to reflect population changes reported in the 2010 U.S. Census and covers most of the South Bay cities, including Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and the cities of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

We're asking for your help. What questions do you want us to ask the candidates?

Here's the field for the June 5 primary with links to their campaign Web sites or Facebook page so you can get familiar with their politics:

The top two vote-getters in the June 5 primary election will advance to the Nov. 6 general election regardless of party preference or whether one candidate receives a majority of votes in the primary election. The June 5 primary election will include elections for U.S. President, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, as well as state Senate and state Assembly seats.

The winner of California's 66th Assembly District race will serve a two-year term starting Jan. 3, 2013. In the new district, Democrats have a three-point advantage over Republicans, according to voter rolls.

Tom F. May 12, 2012 at 03:04 AM
It would also be refreshing to hear you answer questions from people you don't know.
Zein E. Obagi May 12, 2012 at 03:58 AM
Tom, I apologize - I scrolled down and only saw the bottom two comments. I'll gladly answer your question. As a person seeking an elected office in the legislative branch and one who believes in the checks and balances set up by our nation's founders in the U.S. Constitution's three branches of government, it is not my place to speculate on how one of the other independent branches of government will adjudicate Arizona's efforts to enforce federal immigration law. I do understand why Arizona has taken the action that it has - out of frustration and in its own self interest as a state with a high population of illegal immigrants. I've set forth a detailed immigration policy here: http://obagiforcongress.com/2012/05/03/immigration-policy-homeland-security/ After the expiration of a 90-day period for illegal immigrants to register with the federal government and gain resident status, my policy would expressly allow state and municipal governments to enforce federal immigration law. The time for ignoring illegal immigration, as a problem and a source of our labor, must end now. No other candidate in my race has set forth a policy this detailed. That's why I'm endorsed by a former Director of Policy for Customs and Border Patrol in the Dept. of Homeland Security, Seth Stodder.
Zein E. Obagi May 12, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Doug wants to know how, in the 33rd Congressional District, I would improve the economic prospects of small business owners. First, regulatory certainty would improve our entire economy, and thus stimulate small business growth in the 33rd. In addition, I've set forth a plan to grow highly necessary jobs developing our nation's cybersecurity defenses right here in the 33rd: http://obagiforcongress.com/establish-real-american-cybersecurity/ Congress's hyperpartisanship has kept them from passing a bill that adequately addresses this issue, and this issue alone. Dough, I am not sure what you mean by "improving the healthcare infrastructure and its capacity in the 66th Assembly District"/33rd Congressional District. We need to affordable health care for all Americans, and my top concern is that system must be sustainable. It can't be a short term fix. So, access affordable health care must come with real tax reform, so that our wealthiest Americans aren't paying a 14.5% interest rate. See also http://obagiforcongress.com/2012/05/03/conservative-democrat-stand-healthcare/ What will you do to improve public education and its effectiveness in the 66th Assembly District? I support a voucher system to empower parents from all economic sectors to direct where their education money goes. And I will blog about why this week. www.ObagiforCongress.com/blog
Tom F. May 12, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Thank you.
Carol Kozlovich May 22, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Do you support a statewide ban on plastic bags?


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