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December 7, 2011 (Ramona)-- East County residents will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of three candidates running against Congressman Duncan Hunter at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, December 7 at 6 p.m. in the Ramona Library, 1275 Main Street in Ramona . The three candidates are David Secor (D), Terri Linnell (R), and Connie Frankowiak (D).
The candidates will define their platforms and visions, and field questions from the audience and will include very short speeches. The forum is free and open to the public.
For more information call Dave Patterson, 760-207-9139,
David Secor, a Viet Nam combat veteran, is no stranger to hard work.  He’s been a truck driver, teacher and construction worker and recently retired after 19 years as a clerk in San Diego Superior Court. Now he is tackling his toughest job yet: running for Congress as a Democrat against the second-term Republican incumbent, Duncan D. Hunter.
“With our returning combat veterans, unemployment is over 30 percent,” he said. “Our representative, Mr. Hunter, gives nothing but lip service to real needs of the middle class, even asm any of us face unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy.”
A county resident for more than 50 years, he wants to serve in Congress to protect the interests of working people and retirees whose Social Security and Medicare are threatened.
Secor plans tol reject corporate, union and PAC funding, and has announced he will take no contribution over $100.  He has vowed to give 20 percent of his $176,000 congressional salary to “nonprofits and education” if elected.  He aims to rely heavily on “Iinternet campaigning and social media to take on Duncan Hunter,” citing ouster of dictators in Libya and Egypt as an example of what social networking can accomplish. 

Terri Linnell
, a leader in the Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party locally, is also a home maker, mother of three and wife of a construction worker. She has a Bachelor’s in Business from CSU San Marcos and an Associate’s degree in Electronic Technology.
She says she has spent the last eight years studying the economy and the governmental role. She currently resides in Ramona and is listed in the Republican primary.
She states: “I have been called to action by you I am running to fix Congress and fix our economy. IfI can give you a Congress that works for you, not for big corporations and big government, I will have done my job. My goal is to return the power of Congress back to the people.”

Her e-mail address is

Connie Frankowiak
is an activist for Democratic and women’s causes.  She has lived in the Anza-Borrego and Julian areas for 20 years.  This will be her third run for Congress. She will be running a grassroots campaign with little outside funding. She does not have a campaign website; instead she will be pounding the pavement and relying on volunteers.
“I am running against the corporate agenda that Hunter supports,” she said, calling herself a patriot.  Poverty and lack of healthcare access are among her top issues. 



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