Mike Hudson is ready to leave city leadership behind for a move to Sacramento and the Assembly.
Hudson, the lone Republican candidate, won the June primary for the 11th Assembly District with 31 percent of the vote and will square off Nov. 6 with Democrat Jim Frazier, who scored 28 percent of the vote. The new district has no incumbent and includes most of Solano County, Contra Costa County and a small portion of Sacramento County.
Hudson said the district needs someone local, as the two prior representatives were from Yolo County.
“Davis has run our politics for years,” Hudson said. “Redistricting just gave me a better chance of winning. I hope I can be a little different than what we’ve had before.”
Much of Hudson’s time is spent in Contra Costa County these days as he jockeys for votes with the former mayor of Oakley. He said he hopes to improve on his strong showing there, where he finished fewer than 400 votes behind Frazier.
Hudson said the two counties have a lot in common, including transportation issues, which he said his time on the League of California Cities’ Transportation Committee has taught him. He also pointed out that both areas have been hit hard by the housing industry downturn.
In Solano County, Hudson said he’s relying on his reputation.
“Up here, we’ve got people we have worked with,” he said. “They know I have a heart for this.”
Hudson is critical of Gov. Jerry Brown, especially with how he has handled education. Hudson said he is against both state tax measures, Propositions 30 and 38. He also was critical of the way the governor disbanded redevelopment without replacing it with another system.
With the district predominately Democratic, Hudson admitted he must work a bit harder to garner votes from that party.