VACAVILLE — Eugene Ray, a martial arts instructor and Realtor, is running for Solano County supervisor for reasons that include his opposition to Bay Area-style urban planning.
“We don’t want to live in stack-and-pack housing like ants,” said Ray, 61, who was a Republican candidate in 2012 for the congressional seat held by John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove.
The Vacaville resident said former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan are among the public figures he likes.
“They were both very positive,” Ray said. “I like that.”
He said his approach to politics is, “Let’s figure out a solution and fix it.”
“I don’t do the negative thing real well,” he said.
Cities in Solano County that are trying to attract businesses face the problem of state regulations that have made California a hard place to do business, Ray said. Cities here can work hard, he said, but companies have to consider the attitude toward business in Sacramento, where laws are passed.
“You can’t get jobs to come in if they won’t look at your state as an option,” Ray said.
Ray cited lessons he learned from his congressional campaign. For example, he said the yelling on the political edges, by the left and right, means some people are amazed to find agreement when policies are presented intelligently.
He questioned state water policy that he said plans to send millions of gallons of water to Southern California without creating one more gallon of water capacity.
Ray said the four candidates running against District 4 incumbent John Vasquez “reflects a desire for change.”
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