Ducheny to run for state Senate seat covering county

September 06, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

Former Democratic California Assemblywoman Denise Moreno Ducheny of San Diego, has declared her candidacy for the proposed 40th state Senate District.

Ducheny, 49, served in the state Assembly from 1994 until 2000, when she was forced to give up her seat because of term limits. She was the chairwoman of the powerful Assembly Budget Committee from 1997 to 2000.

"I served for six and a half years in the Assembly," Ducheny said. "I learned how to be effective in the state Legislature."

Ducheny is proud of her accomplishments but said there are still important challenges to address such as border issues, job development, energy, education, health and air quality.


"Mexico wants clean air as much as we do," she said.

Ducheny, who speaks English and Spanish, said there are a number of challenges on the air- quality issue and she would work to build relationships on both sides of the border.

Among the committees on which Ducheny served were chairing the Select Committee on California-Mexico Affairs, vice chairing the Latino Legislative Caucus, and membership on the committees on agriculture, environmental safety and toxic materials and the Select Committee on California Ports.

Ducheny got the itch to get involved in politics when she was working as an attorney with immigrants and realized they had a need for affordable education. She was elected to the board of the San Diego Community College District in 1990. From there she realized she could be most effective as a member of the state Legislature.

Ducheny is pleased with the proposed 40th District map.

The proposed district includes all Imperial County and extends west to the Pacific Ocean. The district is made up of the whole California-Mexico border area into San Diego County, including the cities of Chula Vista and southern San Diego. The district extends to the north to parts of Riverside County up to Interstate 10 at Cathedral City, including the city of Indio.

"The map brings San Diego and Imperial counties together for border planning," she said. "There are also common agricultural issues that Imperial County shares with Indio."

She said there are certain issues that are common to everyone in the district: education, job development and affordable housing. Those are state issues and it's at the state level where she has a proven track record of experience.

The proposed 40th District map includes a population that is 60 percent Hispanic. Democrats make up 47 percent and Republicans 31 percent of registered voters.

A final decision on the redistricting maps is expected before the Legislature adjourns Sept. 14. The changes would be in effect for the March 2002 primary.

Ducheny expects to officially draw her candidacy papers after the redistricting maps are finalized.

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