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San Francisco Chronicle - Huffman over Roberts
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San Francisco Chronicle - Huffman over Roberts

San Francisco Chronicle - Huffman over Roberts


A crowded June primary for a congressional district running from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border produced a deserving first-place finisher, Democratic Assemblyman Jared Huffman, and a runner-up few expected, Republican Dan Roberts.In the November finale, there should be no room for surprise: Huffman is the superior candidate and deserves election.Huffman, an environmental lawyer, is termed
out after six years in Sacramento, where he’s proved to be watchful,
hardworking and productive. This past summer he produced legislation
that has forestalled state park closures, enhanced efforts to save
jeopardized coho salmon and headed off a midnight-hour bid to gut the
state’s environmental planning laws. He even pushed through a bill
changing the name of the state department from Fish and Game to Fish
and Wildlife.

His outlook and interests are well-suited
to a deep-green district that spans wealthy bedroom communities,
vineyards, coastal towns and some of the state’s poorest backcountry
dotted with tribal reservations and marijuana plots.

Roberts, a securities broker, offers voters
no real idea of what he would do and how he might perform in Congress.
In a session with The Chronicle editorial board he declined to specify changes he would make to Medicare and Social Security -
both facing pressure to possibly limit benefits - saying only that
“everything’s on the table.” Voters deserve better answers.

The district carries a greater than 2-to-1 Democratic edge in registration, and much of it was represented by Lynn Woolsey, who is retiring after 20 years in office.

Huffman’s service in Sacramento should tell
voters that he’s a capable and experienced legislator. His record of
accomplishment and close identity with the district make him the right
candidate. Voters should send him to Congress.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/opinion/editorials/article/Huffman-over-Roberts-3920677.php#ixzz28vDyV7Mf



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