A new candidate has emerged in the Republican primary to replace termed out State Assembly Member Audra Strickland. Robert Howell is running to push the Republican Party further to the right, especially on social issues like gay rights. His opponent Jeff Gorell doesn't mention social issues at all on his website.
With all of the problems California is facing I don't see why someone would make denying legal equality to gay people a priority. But I guess we will see if that helps Robert Howell in the primary. As of now Jeff Gorell has the money, momentum, resume, endorsements, and campaign organization to win the primary. I don't expect to see an upset in the next few months. Republicans of Ventura County will most likely nominate someone closer to being a social moderate.
Click on continue reading for his press release. I have asked his campaign for an interview this Thursday or on a following Thursday night. That may be surprising after you read my critique of this campaign but if you have been following my blog it shouldn't shock anyone.
I include my commentary at times and that isn't going to change. Although I try to be fair to all of those involved I am not just reporting news. That's why candidates from the left to the right have come on my blog to be interviewed. I have interviewed many conservative candidates including Tom Campbell, Steven Hintz, and Mike Stoker. I am looking forward to continuing interviews with a variety of candidates. I am currently trying to schedule Jim Dantona, Susan Jordan, and Daniel Goldberg.