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Trio running for revamped Senate district

March 03, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

Census 2000 redistricting moved the boundaries of Imperial County's state Senate district, changing the district's makeup to a majority Latino and Democratic population.

The boundary changes carved the incumbent, Jim Battin, R-La Quinta, out of the district, leaving the Senate seat open for three candidates: Democrat Denise Moreno-Ducheny of San Diego, Republican Michael S. Giorgin of Coronado and Libertarian Felix J. Miranda of Chula Vista.

There are no candidates from Imperial County in the race.

Each of the candidates seeking election to the California state Senate District 40 in the March 5 primary election shared their views during recent interviews.

Michael S. Giorgino (R)

Why are you running for state Senate?

My top priority is to restore a sound economy to our state. I'd like to give working Californians a shot at the American dream. This state is becoming unaffordable to working people because of useless regulations, red tape and taxation that hits the poorest people.

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What challenges do you see for the Imperial Valley?

Auditors are projecting a $17.5 billion deficit to the state budget. The state is in trouble and that includes Imperial County.

How will you help with these challenges?

We need across the board cuts in spending in all areas except education and public safety, and we need to cut taxes to revitalize the economy.

Where do you stand on:

- San Diego/Imperial Irrigation District water transfer?

I'm going to fight to protect the farmers' traditional water rights — those are property rights. I don't like what I've heard about this fallowing plan. I don't like paying people for not growing, not working. It's un-American. I will also fight to preserve the Salton Sea and work with people in that area to come up with reasonable solutions.

- power plants being built in Mexicali?

I believe we have to have more power and we have the technology to build power plants that pollute very little. I would oppose building power plants that do not meet clean-air quality standards.

>> On the net:

www.giorginoforsenate.com

Denise Moreno Ducheny (D)

Why are you running for state Senate?

I learned a lot when I was in the state Assembly. I have a lot of experience with these issues and I'd like to bring some of that experience back.

What challenges do you see for the Imperial Valley?

The greatest challenge is how to ensure positive economic development — economic diversity that also protects agriculture as the important industry of the Valley. Also, to work on human issues such as accessibility to health care and affordable housing.

How will you help with these challenges?

I've worked on these issues in the past and have that experience. I also would like to work on educational issues such as access to college and make sure small school districts have the resources they need.

Where do you stand on:

- San Diego/Imperial Irrigation District water transfer?

I'm not ready to say there's a defined answer. There are implications for the whole state, for other states that use Colorado River water, for agriculture, for urban centers and for economic development.

- power plants being built in Mexicali?

There's got to be some kind of offset from these companies. They have an interest in selling to California. We've got to put pressure on them. It's tricky because it's not technically in our jurisdiction.

>> On the net:

www.Ducheny.com

Felix J. Miranda (L)

Why are you running for state Senate?

I recently became interested in politics. I see a lot of things that can be improved. I hate special interest — that's what drives me.

What challenges do you see for the Imperial Valley?

Rent control—- the rents are outrageous. Taxes are being raised. Government has plenty of money. It's all mismanagement.

How will you help with these challenges?

I'm not privy to the information as to why these things are happening. Obviously, there's something fishy going on. Money is not being used where it should be used. I would redirect the money to those who need it most.

Where do you stand on:

- San Diego/Imperial Irrigation District water transfer?

I think the farmers should keep their water.

- power plants being built in Mexicali?

I would push these companies to make changes. Look at who's going to benefit … there's always a politician there.

>> For information the state race:

www.smartvoter.org/2002/03/05/ca/state

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or lauramitchell9@yahoo.com

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