As a third generation Valley resident, I’m running for State Senate to help find solutions to our problems. I’m a cherry farmer and small businessman. Like so many of us in the Valley, I’m frustrated by the bickering and petty politics of both political parties. Our top priorities should be education, water resources, public safety and job creation. Not pie-in-the-sky high-speed rail pipe dreams.
This Valley needs jobs and that’s my first priority. Unemployment here is over 50% higher than the rest of the state and California is one of the highest in the nation. That’s because Sacramento politicians have left the Valley behind. We must take advantage of our plentiful oil and natural gas resources to create thousands of new jobs here. A reliable water supply and new storage are imperative to growing jobs and our economy as well.
We need to encourage and promote education. Decisions should be made locally, not in Sacramento. Career and vocational education should be expanded and every student needs to be proficient in the basics of reading, writing and math.
Let’s take back our Valley from the Sacramento politicians.