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Eureka Times Standard Endorsement

Eureka Times Standard Endorsement

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Published by Karen Brooks
On the Assembly side, we first want to commend Chesbro's challenger, Karen Brooks, for running an impressive grassroots campaign. She has proven herself to be a quick study on the issues facing California and has shown she is willing to listen to her constituents.
If Brooks should come up short in this race, we would fully encourage her to run for local office, where her energy and passion would be an asset and where she could build the experience necessary to effectively work in Sacramento.
On the Assembly side, we first want to commend Chesbro's challenger, Karen Brooks, for running an impressive grassroots campaign. She has proven herself to be a quick study on the issues facing California and has shown she is willing to listen to her constituents.
If Brooks should come up short in this race, we would fully encourage her to run for local office, where her energy and passion would be an asset and where she could build the experience necessary to effectively work in Sacramento.

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Published by: Karen Brooks on Oct 29, 2010
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Thompson for Congress, Evans and Chesbro for stateLegislature
The Times-StandardEureka Times Standard
Posted:10/29/2010 01:22:51 AM PDT
There's no doubt that voters across California and the nation are angry, and divided. The problems we're facing aremonumental, and the solutions are difficult at best. We commend all of the candidates for their desire to serve in electedoffice, and we urge voters to do their own research and find the voices that best represent where they stand on the manyissues facing California and the nation. Here are our views on the candidates:1st Congressional DistrictIt is with pride and without reservation that we endorse Mike Thompson for another term in the United States House of Representatives. He has earned it.Since 1998, Thompson has worked tirelessly on behalf of his district and has proven an effective and influentialrepresentative -- no small feat for someone representing a diverse and rural district.The three challengers seeking to unseat Thompson this year -- Republican Loren Hanks, Libertarian Mike Rodrigues and theGreen Party's Carol Wolman -- all bring positive attributes to the table.We commend Hanks' decades of service in the armed forces and his fiscally conservative nature. We applaud Rodrigues for running with the stated goal of raising the level of debate and bringing different viewpoints to the table. And we appreciateWolman's Green credentials.All have run commendable campaigns. However, Thompson is the easy choice. His record is unmatched, and full of examples of his knowledge and desire to effectively improve the lives of his constituents.California State LegislatureMake no mistake, the state of California is on the precipice of disaster. A structural deficit all but ensures budgets that arebillions of dollars in the red for years to come. We have an education system that is failing miserably, and now ranks amongthe worst in the country in per-pupil spending. Our prisons are bursting at the seams. A looming pension crisis seems poisedto exacerbate all the state's critical issues, and a broken initiative system constantly threatens to add to the state's laundry listof problems.At times like these, it's tempting to turn to new ideas and promises of change. However, change for the sake of change is partof what landed California in this mess, as term limits have only served to shackle the Legislature, putting all institutionalknowledge and power into the hands of lobbyists and staff.We believe that experience matters and are consequently endorsing Noreen Evans for Senate and incumbent WesleyChesbro for the Assembly.Evans brings six years of experience as an assemblywoman to the Senate race and, quite frankly, it shows. She knows theins and outs of state government and, though she sticks hard to her espoused Democratic ideals, she has a proven ability towork across the aisle. It is also obvious that she has given a lot of thought to how she will represent the sprawling 2nd District,which includes rural and urban interests that are sometimes in conflict.Republican Lawrence Wiesner is a strong, fiscally conservative candidate who brings decades of experience as a certifiedpublic accountant to the table. He has some good ideas, but has never held a political office of any kind, and his idea to makehigh school attendance voluntary is truly scary.Libertarian Ed Musgrave, a qualified write-in candidate, brings little to the table. It is also difficult for us to seriously consider 

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