FAIRFIELD — Frank Miranda is hopeful about his chances to knock out an incumbent, even as a Republican candidate in a predominantly Democratic district.
Miranda started his campaign for the 3rd state Senate District about four weeks before the June primary and was able to beat fellow Republican write-in candidate Gary Clift by more than 1,000 votes. Miranda ended up receiving 2,402 votes, good for 2 percent of the total. Incumbent Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, received 116,403 votes, for 96 percent.
Even faced with those numbers, Miranda said he’s confident with his strategic campaigning and with having more time to campaign.
“You can always overcome it. I never pick a battle I can’t win,” the 72-year-old said. “I did not get in this race to lose. I have a plan.”
Miranda said enough voters are sick of career politicians and will recognize that he has fresh ideas. He said his strategy is to attract a great number of Hispanic votes and pull in those who are registered as decline to state.
“If you have a good message, you can pick up a majority,” Miranda said. “Why would you vote for an incumbent when the state is getting worse and worse?”
Miranda is chairman of the Solano County Republican Central Committee and is no stranger to elections. The group had previously identified a candidate to oppose Wolk, but Miranda said that person backed out after looking at the makeup of the district. That’s when Miranda jumped in.
“The more I thought about it, the more I realized I could win this thing. People do want a change,” he said. “I sent out fliers, ran around and spoke to everyone.”
Miranda, who owned a construction firm before passing it to his children, said he has negotiating skills that will help him in office, should he win the election.
“We need more businessmen as politicians,” he said. “I’m not that politician that will just go along to get along.”
One of the biggest issues for Miranda is the state’s involvement in education. He said it should be handled locally and is upset to see money collected by the state and not dispersed correctly. He also took issue with treating each district the same with funding and test scores.
“The more money you throw at education gets wasted. We need to get the state out of education,” he said. “Why would one size fit all? Watts isn’t the same as Napa. San Diego is different than El Dorado.”
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