Find a spot on your shirt or jacket. It’s time to head off and earn another “I Voted” sticker.
Things are decidedly quieter in the race for Congressional District 39, which includes the cities of Diamond Bar and Walnut. After districts were redrawn, its current representative Rep. Gary Miller (R-Diamond Bar) decided to run for the 31st congressional district in what has been identified as one of the more heated races in the country.
The veteran Republican Congressman Ed Royce is vying for an eighth term in Congress. He lists his priorities as “addressing our national debt, protecting our homeland, eliminating pork-barrel spending, fighting crime and supporting victims of crime, strengthening education for all students, spurring job creation and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.”
His main opponent is likely to be Democrat Jay Chen, a businessman and school board member known for his effort to launch Mandarin language classes at Cedarlane Middle School. But opponents, led by Tea Party members, were angered that some of the materials to be used in the classes were being funded by the Chinese government, according to Chen’s supporters.
Chen’s priorities include “create jobs, protect the middle class, prepare our children to compete in a global community, and support and honor the veterans who have defended our country.”
D’Marie Mulattieri has no party affiliation but says she is running as an Independent. She is listed as a community volunteer. Frustration over the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission -- a decision by the Supreme Court that prohibits limits on independent spending for political purposes by corporations and unions -- inspired Mulattieri to run, she wrote on her page.
Her priorities include, “amend/reverse Citizens United, work for Wall Street/Banking Reform along with Taxpayer Protection, ensure an end to taxpayer bailouts for too big to fail banks and corporations, put America back to work, preserve our existing social safety net in Social Security/Medicare, support legislation for debt free college education and tuition loan relief, end the war on women and champion for green, renewable energy sources.
For the 29th Senatorial District, Republican incumbent Bob Huff, the Senate Republican leader, will push for a second term as state representative. He has strong connections to Diamond Bar.
His priorities include, education reform, job creation, health insurance costs, pension reform and the state budget.
His opponent is Democrat Greg Diamond, a workers’ rights attorney. He has been an active part of the Occupy movement, participating in Occupy Orange County, which serves Diamond Bar and its neighbors.
Diamond’s priorities include, “balancing the budget to pull California out of the muck of obstructionism, health and Social Services reforms that leave more money in our pockets, and demanding transparency and fairness in government -- not just serving the rich.”
Incumbent Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman is running for reelection. He was elected to the position in 2008.
His priorities include, transportation improvement education, the business climate in California, jobs and the budget.
His opponent is Democrat Gregg D. Fritchle, a social worker. Fritchle has worked to oppose a proposed NFL stadium in the city of Industry which would impact Walnut and Diamond Bar.
His priorities include local traffic, education, taxes, and jobs.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE ELECTION, VISIT THE REGISTRAR OF VOTERS WEBSITE
And then there are the candidates for US Senate. Where do I even begin? I’ve only met Dirk Konopik and Dan Hughes when both spoke to the Redlands Tea Party Patriots earlier this year. Here then is a list of candidates and links to their sites for your use.
Dianne Feinstein, US Senator
Colleen Shea Fernald, mother/consultant/artist
David Alex Levitt, computer scientist/engineer
Mike Strimling, consumer Rights Attorney
Diane Stewart, businesswoman/finance manager
Nak Shah, environmental health consultant
Orly Taitz, doctor/attorney/businesswoman
Al Ramirez, businessman
Dirk Allen Konopik, MBA Student/Military veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom
Donald Krampe, retired administration director
Nachum Shifren, educator/author/businessman
Dennis Jackson, aerospace general manager
Dan Hughes, small business owner
Greg Conlon, businessman/CPA
John Boruff, businessman
Oscar Alejandro Braun, businessman/rancher
Elizabeth Emken, businesswoman/nonprofit executive
Rick Williams, business attorney
Rogelio T. Gloria, graduate student/businessman
Don J. Grundmann, doctor of chiropractic
Peace and Freedom
Marsha Feinland, retired teacher
Kabiruddin Karim Ali, businessman
Gail K. Lightfoot, retired nurse