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June 9, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – Raymond Lutz won a decisive victory in the 52nd Congressional district Democratic Primary, winning 70.63% of the vote. His opponent, community activist Connie Frankowiak of Anza-Borrego, received 29.3% with all precincts counted.

In November, Lutz will face off against incumbent Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter, who won a resounding primary victory over Tea Party activist Terri Linnell by a 90.5 to 9.5% margin.


Lutz, an El Cajon businessman with an electronics engineering degree, is also founder of Citizens Oversight Projects, a government watchdog group based in East County. He has been active in leading opposition to Sunrise Powerlink and Blackwater’s effort to establish a private military training camp in East County. Lutz’s platform includes creation of a “Green Manhattan Project” to provide solar energy manufacturing jobs, ending the wars, and reducing corporate influence on government.

The district is heavily Republican, but Lutz hopes to draw support from independent voters, newly registered Democrats and others who share his goals.

“What fun to win an election,” Lutz said in an e-mail to supporters. He previously ran for the 77th Assembly district in 2008. At a victory celebration last night at the W Hotel, supporters passed out LED-party favors that read “Let Ray light the way.”

Linnell, who spoke with East County Magazine during a pre-election return party hosted by radio host Rick Amato at JohnnyB’s restaurant, said she plans to run again in 2012.

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