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By Emma Turner

February 17, 2010 (La Mesa)-- My name is Emma Turner and I am a Republican candidate for the office of the 78th State Assembly.

I am a retired Naval Officer, and am currently serving children in my community as the board President for the La Mesa Spring Valley School District. I have been elected twice as a School Board trustee and twice as a member of the Board of Directors for the California School Board Association, where I often advocate for improving student performance.


I now seek the office of State Assembly because I want to ensure the pressing issues of constituents are addressed in Sacramento, especially in light of the serious economic downturn and how it is impacting all of us with losing jobs, our homes and ability to take care of our families.

The system of government is broken in Sacramento because legislators and the Governor cannot pass a budget that is not just smoke and mirrors. Meanwhile local governances like cities, counties and schools are forced to lay-off employees because our budgets have been cut to balance the state budget. Worse than that, these temporary budget fixes are not valid for the entire year and we have to deal with additional midyear cuts (despite our contractual commitments).

I want to work toward permanent budget solutions by taking a look at the entire system. So, fixing the budget is a critical issue because success here will enable us to have more financial stability in our local communities.

Children are powerless (because they cannot vote) and dependent upon adults to meet their needs, which are many. I will review all potential legislation to see how each piece impacts children, in order to give children a voice in Sacramento.

Regardless of political affiliation, citizens are frustrated with the gridlock in Sacramento and I will not add to it, but will work tirelessly to end it. Therefore, I respectfully request the opportunity to serve as the next 78th State Assemblywoman. Vote for Emma Turner on June 8th and November 2nd, 2010.

Emma Turner is a Republican candidate for the 78th Assembly seat currently held by Democrat Marty Block. She currently is a member of the La Mesa Spring Valley School Board.

The views expressed in this editorial are the views of its author and do not necessarily express the views of East County Magazine. If you wish to submit an editorial for consideration, contact editor@eastcountymagazine.org.

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