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Marin Independent Journal - Jared Huffman is Marin’s clear choice for Congress
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Marin Independent Journal - Jared Huffman is Marin’s clear choice for Congress

Monday, October 8, 2012

Marin Independent Journal - Jared Huffman is Marin’s clear choice for Congress

‚ÄčASSEMBLYMAN JARED HUFFMAN has been an effective representative of Marin and its residents in Sacramento.Since 2006, the San Rafael Democrat has
reflected the priorities and concerns of local voters and has advanced
North Bay issues and needs in the state Legislature. He has developed a
reputation for being a champion of the environment and conservation.

With Rep. Lynn Woolsey retiring after 20 years as Marin’s
representative in the House of Representatives, Marin voters would be
wise to vote for Huffman to succeed her.

Huffman, an attorney, and Tiburon investment adviser Dan Roberts are
vying to succeed Woolsey. They were the top two vote-getters in June’s
primary. Roberts, a decorated Vietnam War veteran who has been active in
community affairs, says Huffman does not deserve a “promotion.”

We disagree.

Huffman has the political experience and proven record on the state and local level to be an effective representative.

Roberts’ political resume is very slim by comparison. He ran for the
job two years ago as a last-minute write-in for the American Independent
Party, admittedly unaware of the party’s radical conservative politics.
He sees himself as “an independent reformer,” rather than a Republican.

Huffman has been endorsed by Woolsey. During the crowded primary, he
had the backing of Rep. Mike Thompson, a veteran congressman and one of
Northern California’s most effective lawmakers in Washington.

Huffman and Roberts offer voters a distinct choice. Both support
getting U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, but they differ on the economy
and the role of government.

Roberts is convinced that the best answer to our nation’s economic
problems is reducing government, eliminating regulations and cutting
taxes. “I don’t believe the real value-added jobs are created by
increased government spending,” Roberts says.

Huffman echoes President Barack Obama and sees a role in government
investing money in creating jobs, ending the financial drain of wars and
rebuilding the country’s economy. He’s hopeful that an Obama victory on
Nov. 6 will be a step toward ending the political stalemate in
Washington that has hampered the nation’s recovery.

Huffman knows how to get things done in the legislature. He knows the
district, having served two terms on the Marin Municipal Water District
board and three terms in the Assembly. He knows its needs. He knows how
to reach across party lines to pass a bill or win support for budget
issues.

Roberts’ candidacy is important. He is raising valid issues and
concerns. But he lacks political experience and is untested. He says
that’s why he’s the best person to send to represent us in Washington,
D.C.

We disagree.

Huffman is a proven representative, a proven leader, a proven
problem-solver and a proven advocate. He is the right person to
represent Marin, especially as part of a new congressional district that
stretches up the coast to the Oregon border.

The IJ recommends Assemblyman Jared Huffman to represent Marin in the House of Representatives.



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