U.S. Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, spoke with Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer Aaron Claverie on Wednesday.
IVP: Why are you looking forward to representing the Imperial Valley?
Filner: We have to talk hypothetically because we don't know how (the redistricting process) is going to go.
But if I do represent the county, the Imperial Valley would have one of the most aggressive members of Congress in America working on their behalf.
My experience with border issues would be very valuable.
I have a reputation as a strong environmentalist and am looking forward to working on Salton Sea issues. It's dying and needs to be saved. It needs aggressive representation.
IVP: What are some of the issues shared by South Bay San Diego and Imperial County?
Filner: Both areas would get a great representative for the border area.
(Filner mentioned legislation he has sponsored in the House that would provide for the private party construction of a railway connecting the San Diego port with the Imperial Valley. He calls the project the "jobs train." He also expressed a willingness to work on improving the Imperial Valley's economy.)