John Garamendi has a quick answer to the question of why people should re-elect him to Congress.
“Because I get things done,” Garamendi said. “Because I know the issues. I have the experience necessary to make an impact on the issues.”
Garamendi, a Democrat, has been on the state political scene since 1974, when he was elected to the state Legislature. He has over the years served as insurance commissioner and lieutenant governor and is now the 10th Congressional District congressman.
Redrawn congressional districts have him running for the 3rd District seat this time, against Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann on Nov. 6. The new district would still have him represent central Solano County, though it trades Contra Costa County for more rural areas to the north.
Garamendi mentions water issues as one area of his expertise. He opposed the peripheral canal in the early 1980s and now opposed the latest version of the idea, which calls for twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Solano County is at the heart of California’s latest water proposals.
He ranks himself with Rep. George Miller as having expertise in Congress at protecting the Delta and the interests of California water, something he said he’s been doing for 35 years.
“That’s experience that counts,” Garamendi said.
He defended the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, at an April candidate forum in Vacaville. It does such things as sets up insurance exchanges so people can shop for insurance policies that meet their needs, stops insurance companies from discontinuing service based on age and pre-existing conditions and provides money for clinics so people don’t have to go to emergency rooms, he said.
“So what’s wrong with all of that?” Garamendi said.