Well, just when you’ve recovered from the 2012 election, it’s about time to start studying for 2014.
Yep, I said it. The first election (*cough* primary *cough*) is June 3, 2014. That’s one year away (and not very long to build up your Twitter following, by the way). The top two contestants (I mean candidates) will go to the final round in November.
Assembly District 73 looks pretty full already according to the post I read from “Around The Capitol.”
Of the five listed there, four are city council members. This is a good reminder that we should pay attention to local politics. Every vote counts in local elections and these people always seem to move up the food chain.
For example, Diane Harkey (termed out for AD73 but running for BOE, District 4), used to be my mayor (Dana Point). She ran for Assembly after it was vacated by Mimi Walters (who was the mayor of Laguna Niguel and is now a State Senator).
I’m not sure what your deal breakers are but I am interested in someone who is a fiscal conservative. After all, this is a person we’ll send to the California Legislature who, in my opinion, already overtaxes and overspends.
Although our current Assemblywoman has a social media presence, albiet a glorified RSS feed, I would like to see the next person reach out more on social media (40-18 year old demographic, hello?).
It’s my understanding, though I am no Ron Nehring by any stretch of the imagination, that this has been considered a safe Republican seat. However, its boundaries were recently changed and although Diane Harkey won easily with 64.3% in 2012, I’m not sure it’s wise to underestimate the Latino vote that must have increased. Only 41% of the registered voters in Orange County, in 2012, were Republicans (pdf here). That doesn’t sound “safe” to me. Continue reading