In the campaign to win the nomination for CA State Assembly District 37 ( Currently Republican Audra Strickland ) the contest is between Ferial Masry and David Hare. At first I thought Name ID from past elections ( Ferial Masry ran against Audra Strickland in 2004 and 2006) would be enough to carry Ferial Masry to victory but with the recent campaigning by David Hare I am not so sure.
I don't see a serious plan yet by David Hare to defeat Audra Strickland but I look forward to watching his campaign share more about his goals and values.
I think Ferial Masry has been great for American democracy. I do know that her chances of defeating Audra Strickland are very small but I support her because of stories like this and this that show our values to a worldwide audience. She has worked on projects for Karen Hughes and Condi Rice to share the ideals behind the American promise with the world.
I do think it funny that Ferial Masry is attacked by the far right because of her background but the best would be to know the reaction of a religious fundamentalist ( of any creed or denomination) to know a Saudi born Muslim woman not only has equal rights in America but that she is running for a powerful position against a woman!
If she wins the nomination again will Ferial Masry generate another set of media stories about our nation around the world or has the news getting attention worn off of this story? I haven't seen anything to show that her campaign this time would do much better than before against Audra Strickland.
I want to see what David Hare can do to be more compelling then Ferial Masry's biography. Can he make a convincing argument that he can beat Audra Strickland? Does he have a great plan to organize local Democrats? Was David Hare at the recent press conference to protest the governor's budget? Is David Hare running to up his name ID for when this is an open seat or does he really think he can beat an incumbent?
Looking at his website and his press release it is clear that David Hare is specific on important issues including eminent domain abuse and environmental protections. For a new candidate he is running a real professional campaign and getting a great start.
If you click on continue reading there is an extensive press release that shows some of his plans, priorities, and his backers.
In this campaign what is the criteria you will use to make up your mind, or have you already?
37th Assembly District candidate David Hare pictured above with California State Senator Alex Padilla and Assemblymember Felipe Fuentes.
HARE CAMPAIGNS AGGRESSIVELY ON KEY ISSUES
37th Assembly District Candidate David Hare is aggressively campaigning to help protect homeowners from unfair eminent domain, and supporting mobile homeowners to receive fair and equitable treatment on conversions.
First time candidate David Hare has come out of the gate at full tilt in his quest to unseat Republican Audra Strickland. David Hare opened his campaign on an aggressive note by quickly opposing proposition 98, which if passed would allow cities and counties to unfairly and without cause, take homeowners properties without legal justification.
David Hare said "People spend a lifetime building their homes and government doesn't have the right to take it from them simply for a higher tax base."
Proposition 98 is a deceptive measure that a group of wealthy landlords placed on California's June 3, 2008 ballot. These landlords want you to believe the measure is only about â€˜eminent domain', but Prop. 98 is full of hidden provisions that would hurt Californians. A broad coalition of groups including AARP, California Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters of California, California Police Chiefs Association, Association of California Water Agencies, National Wildlife Federation, and hundreds of other organizations who don't normally agree on the issues - all OPPOSE Prop. 98
Hare has been up and down the State meeting with local elected officials, homeowners, and homeowner associations to get their input on defeating Prop 98.
David Hare said that "Proposition 98 could also stop future water projects, destroy local land-use planning, erode environmental protections and lead to higher taxpayer costs."
In addition, candidate David Hare also strongly supports SB900 authored by Senator Ellen Corbett-D, a bill that protects Senior Citizens and residents on fixed incomes from unfair mobile home conversions by mega-investors, who aren't concerned about the residents of the park, but simply about land speculation.
Hare said "I believe that people living in mobile home parks that have invested their life savings into their home have the same rights as all homeowners. SB900 gives those mobile home owners a fair and reasonable way of controlling their own destiny."
The Hare campaign has created a lot of excitement as the candidate has knocked on hundreds of doors already, talking to voters, and has made numerous appearances at Democratic clubs and other community groups.
"I can't believe the amount of support I'm getting throughout the district. They are inspired by the fact that a Democratic candidate is knocking on their doors, running an aggressive campaign, and taking positions on important issues."
The Hare campaign has been getting numerous endorsements from key Democrats throughout the district, and has been extremely successful in raising money.
"With just a few weeks until the Primary, I will be spending all my time and energy meeting with the voters and letting them know where I stand on key issues. I think most people in the 37AD want a Representative that will fight for their needs."