By Miriam Raftery
April 7, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – A pack of candidates are lining up to challenge Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) for the 50th Congressional seat. Now, filmmaker Mike Garcia, has announced that he is producing a documentary titled “The Race to Replace Duncan Hunter.”
Hear our interview with Garcia, originally aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the orange audio link. Garcia talked about his vision for the film and what key issue he believes could flip this red district blue in 2018—or sooner, should there be a special election if the seat becomes vacant.
Hunter is viewed as vulnerable for the first time in this conservative-leaning district, since he is under investigation by the Justice Department for using some $60,000 of campaign funds for personal expenses.
Hunter has paid back the money and denied any criminal wrongdoing, though other House members caught up in similar circumstances have wound up indicted and in two recent cases, convicted and jailed.
Garcia started his project by tracking candidate Pierre “Pete” Beauregard, a Ramona rancher, ex-rodeo bull rider, and former military corpman who later opened a medical clinic. Beauregard has been outspoken on healthcare issues and also took a stand against predatory banking practices; the two met at an Occupy event.
The filmmaker says he intends to cover all candidates in the race, including around ten Democrats who have said they plan to run, as well as any Republicans, Libertarians or others who toss their hats into the ring.
He has launched a Go Fund Me site to raise money for the film: https://www.gofundme.com/documentary-race-to-replace-hunter
He will also be loading informing about the film in the near future at his company website, www.oneputtdigital.com .