Diverse candidates seek 47th Assembly seat

OW Staff | 5/12/2010, 5 p.m.

Nicoletti: I'm tired of Sacramento wasting our tax dollars and leading our state into financial disaster, and I know I can do a better job. I have been a businessman my entire adult life and excel at bringing both sides together, prioritizing, and budgeting.

Jones: Due to term limits, an open seat will be created in the next election cycle. While there will likely be a host of candidates running in this election, I am the only candidate to date, with qualifications combining over 40 years of diverse corporate, legal, political, legislative, governmental policy, civic and military experience. I have a long record of fighting for Democratic values. For nearly 20 years, my family and I have resided in the 47th Assembly District and have been actively working to improve the quality of life in our community.

What are the top three issues in the 47th District, and what is your plan to address them?

Mitchell: I will make economic and job development my top priority: I support incentives for businesses seeking to expand and hire new employees. I will work to attract new companies to our community. I will place a strong focus on encouraging the growth of "green" industries and "green jobs" in the 47th Assembly District. I will work to expand career education opportunities at our community colleges and to help working men and women learn new occupations, trades or professions. I will work with federal, state and local leaders - in government and private sector - to create employment opportunities that can sustain a family in today's economy. I will work with business and labor to create new jobs.

Health and medical care can be the most expensive services working families pay for in the 47th Assembly District.

I will work with L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas as he finalizes state and local plans to open a new, privately operated Martin Luther King Hospital in Southeast L.A. County.

I support classroom teachers in their mission to educate our children. I support bond measures to fund upgrades for our neighborhood school infrastructure. I support parcel assessments to help fund cash-strapped school districts that have been hobbled by state budget cuts enacted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The 47th suffers from a lack of light rail and other public transportation options, and is bisected and bordered by two of the most congested freeways in Los Angeles, the 10 and 405. There are two light rail projects in the works, the Expo line and the so-called subway to the sea. I support both light rail projects mentioned above and encourage the continued engagement of community residents impacted by the construction. I support the light rail option for the Crenshaw Transit Corridor.

McGary: Fortunately, the top three issues in my district are the same as the top three issues facing most Americans: Employment, education, and taxation.

Employment--I would like to lower taxation for business thus stimulating job growth. I support legislation for tax credits for business that actually hire permanent employees. Second, I support alternative educational opportunities for students within the district that will provide vocational skills as well as college-bound choices. Vocational jobs such as the trades produce jobs that cannot be outsourced away from the district. Lastly, California is over-regulated; we need to make this state and my district more business friendly.