The 2010 census, coming as it did amid the turmoil of the midterm congressional elections, provides local voters with an opportunity to look at where we are and to imagine where we need to be.
Five candidates hope to represent the newly drawn 3rd Congressional District, which includes much of eastern Solano County. The field includes the incumbent, who is a Democrat, and four Republicans. The top two voter getters in the June 5 election advance to the November general election.
When you get right down to it, money wins elections, particularly for state and federal offices. The incumbent, Rep. John Garamendi, has a distinct edge in both fundraising and spending. But there’s one Republican in the race, Colusa County Supervisor Kim Vann, who’s keeping pace.
She’s also the best candidate among the five on the June 5 ballot.
Vann brings a no-nonsense conservatism to the table. She’s focused on what matters: Jobs, the economy, regulatory reform and repeal of the federal health care law. She’s a farmer who eschews farm subsidies and notes that the federal program “needs a haircut.”
Social conservatism is not high among Vann’s priorities, which we believe is appropriate given the challenges that we, as a nation, face.
The new 3rd Congressional District is similar to the current 10th Congressional District. Both include large swaths of Solano County, but the 3rd District trades portions of Contra Costa County in the East Bay for more rural areas to the north and west toward the San Joaquin Valley.
When you look at voter registration, the new 3rd District boasts a majority of Democrats, but significantly less so than the current 10th District. The new 3rd District also includes two Air Force bases: Travis and Beale.
Voters in Fairfield and throughout the new district have a chance to tip the scale in Congress, away from runaway spending and more toward the political center, where significant policy matters should be determined. A vote for Vann will help get us all there.
We encourage you to vote for Kim Vann for Congress in the 3rd Congressional District.