2018 Midterm Voter Guide

State Assembly - District 71

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Includes a small portion of Riverside County: Aguanga, Anza, Idyllwild-Pine Cove, Pinyon Pines, Valle Vista. The rest is in San Diego County, including the communities of Alpine, Borrego Springs, Descanso, El Cajon, Eucalyptus Hills, Granite Hills, Harbison Canyon, Jacumba, Jamul, Julian, La Presa, Lakeside, Ramona, Rancho San Diego, San Diego Country Estates, Santee, Spring Valley, Tecate, and Winter Gardens.


Randy Voepel

Raised: $78,706 (09/22)

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Endorsements

National Rifle Association, Peace Officers Research Association of California …more

 

Summary

Incumbent. Republican and Former Santee Mayor Voepel is vice chairman of the Assembly’s Veterans Affairs Committee. He was able to disprove an allegation from a Republican challenger in the spring primary saying he’d faked a part of his military service record, specifically by wrongly claiming credit for a Combat Action Ribbon. In 2016 when he was running unopposed,  Voepel achieved a certain amount of notoriety after the Los Angeles Times quoted him saying climate change is a good thing that hurts 'enemies on the equator'



Analysis

“As your Assemblymember, I am working hard on behalf of this district to lower taxes, support job growth, protect public safety, support veterans, and reduce the size and scope of state government.” Typical Republican.

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James Elia

Raised: $50,469.00 (09/22)

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Endorsements

United Domestic Workers of America, United Steel Workers, IBEW 47, California Democratic Party, IBEW440, AFL CIO, Our Revolution, Rev LA, ILWU, SD Progressive Club …more



 

Summary

Democrat and Chaldean community activist/Democrat is running as a “corporate - free” candidate. His network of supporters have been making his campaign much more high profile than the district is used to seeing with a Democratic challenger.


Analysis

His top 3 priorities are public banking, Medicare for all, and investing in education and apprenticeship programs to rebuild infrastructure. Sounds like a good progressive.

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