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  • ELECTIONS GOOD FOR PRO-JOBS CANDIDATES

    Posted: November 7, 2014 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    We are a proud member of JobsPAC, which meets during the election year to interview candidates and review the progress of their campaigns. JobsPAC has won bipartisan approval for its efforts to support pro-business candidates running in open legislative seats.  Here our summary of Tuesday’s Election:

    Business groups scored significant wins Tuesday night in a number of hotly contested and very competitive legislative races from around the state. Candidates from both parties who support job creation through private sector economic growth were generally elected by solid margins.

    A net gain of three seats in the Assembly and one in the Senate allowed California Republicans to climb out of the super minority hole they found themselves in after the 2012 election, giving momentum to efforts to craft bipartisan solutions on major issues.

    Voters in the 16th Assembly District in the East Bay selected Republican attorney Catharine Baker to fill the open seat of termed-out Assemblymember Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo). Baker’s election was a top priority for JobsPAC.

    The Antelope Valley-based 36th Assembly District saw Republican Tom Lackey win a decisive victory over one-term Assemblymember Steve Fox (D-Palmdale), returning this seat into GOP hands.

    Similarly, voters in north Orange County’s 65th Assembly District voted to send Republican Young Kim to Sacramento over one-term incumbent Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton).

    In another upset in South Bay Los Angeles, Republican challenger David Hadley defeated another one-term incumbent, Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance).

    The majority Assembly Democrats captured the Ventura County seat of Jeff Gorell, who ran for Congress, by electing Thousand Oaks City Councilwoman Jacqui Irwin. Irwin had bipartisan appeal to voters in this swing district and was supported by a broad cross section of business interests.

    The State Senate saw Republicans replace the termed-out Lou Correa (D-Santa Ana) with Orange County Supervisor and small businesswoman Janet Nguyen in the 34th Senate District. She defeated her Democratic opponent by a 20-point margin.

    The top priority for the majority Democrats was to defeat Republican Andy Vidak in the 14th Senate District. Vidak’s re-election was another major priority for JobsPAC. Vidak turned back his challenger by 10 points in a district that favors the Democrats by a 20% voter registration margin.



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