Republican State Assembly candidate Jeff Gorell has received orders to deploy to Afghanistan. Here is the Ventura County Star news story with the details.
If this had come up earlier in the campaign it would be a serious issue for discussion. But at this date all I have to add is my hopes for Jeff Gorell, his family, and other members of our armed forces. The war in Afghanistan is full of difficult questions. This election should remind us of the consequences of our choices.
Jeff Gorell and Ferial Masry have run a classy campaign against each other. I have high hopes for the winner of this race and look forward to Jeff Gorell returning to Ventura County.
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Click on continue reading for Jeff Gorell's announcement and the reaction from his opponent, Ferial Masry.
A bit of late-breaking news this Saturday: it turns out that my opponent Jeff Gorell, who is also a reservist in the Navy, will be deployed to Afghanistan for at least a year starting in March.
My son Omar, a reservist in the Army, returned recently from a deployment in Iraq. I understand the stress and anxiety that overseas deployments can cause for families, and I wish Jeff and his family the best. I have nothing but respect for the service that Jeff is providing to his country.
However, Jeff is continuing with his campaign and has said that if elected, he will represent his district as best as he can during his deployment. I will campaign hard over these next few days as well. If elected, I promise that I will be present for every vote that will shape the future of our state, I will be available to meet with my constituents, and I will be on hand as a strong advocate for the interests of our community.
Please take a look at the article in the Ventura County Star announcing Jeff Gorell's impending deployment, and leave a comment in support of my candidacy. Please be respectful of Jeff, as I have nothing but respect for his service and would appreciate the same from my supporters.