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Voice: Filner actually embodies Democratic ideals

May 25, 2002

I read a letter to the editor written by Daniel C. Ramirez that stated that Bob Filner lacked the principles of the Democrats living in the 51st Congressional District. I just wonder what Daniel C. Ramirez believes these principles to be. I for one believe Filner is as close as any candidate Imperial Valley has ever had to embody what we as Democrats believe in.

Filner believes in a living wage, health insurance for all workers and their families and is working hard to better the quality of life of all workers in Imperial Valley. He has worked hard to try to get us federal funds to update our law enforcement communication ability to expand radio signals to all of the Valley, which right now we do not have.

He has secured $10 million in federal grants to help rebuild the rail system between here and San Diego, which without we have no chance of getting the international cargo airport built in Imperial Valley. This airport could mean $15-an-hour union jobs with family health coverage and retirement benefits. He has taken heat in Sacramento on his stance on the pipeline and water transfer, insisting on and fighting for minimizing the pollutants and environmental impact, thus showing us that he fights for his convictions, not selling out the highest bidder or taking the easy road.

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Filner is not even our congressman yet and has already done more for the Valley than Duncan Hunter did in all his terms. Duncan Hunter was the farmers' man, selling his vote to the highest bidder. Filner is the commoners' congressman willing to take on the battles based on the principle that all individuals deserve to be heard.

I believe that Daniel C. Ramirez needs to quit being a sore loser and start listening to the wills of the people. Us Democrats in Imperial Valley need to give Filner a chance and not settle. We need to expect more and be willing to fight for it; because good things do not happen to those who wait; they happen to those who fight for them.

JOY C. HOLT

Holtville

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