Primary Election 2022: California State Assembly District 27

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Tuesday’s primary election will determine which two candidates from California’s State Assembly District 27 will face off in November’s general election.

The two Democrats and two Republicans vying to represent the district are Republican Amanda Fleming, Democrat Mike Karbassi, Republican Mark Pazin and Democrat Esmeralda Soria.

District 27 candidate and Firebaugh native Amanda Fleming is a Republican who has not held public office.

Fleming works in the agricultural industry and said she decided to run for office after police were called when she was not wearing a mask in a DMV office. Fleming’s highest priority is residents’ rights.

“I want to bring freedom back to California,” Fleming said. “I want to restore constitutional rights and I want to fight for our Latino community and I want to fight for our farmers and I want to fight for our California.”

Democratic candidate Mike Karbassi served on the Fresno City Council for three years and will continue to serve on the council if unsuccessful in the race for District 27.

“I want to make sure you’re protected,” Karbassi said. “I want to make sure I go to Sacramento and make sure Sacramento comes home to take care of the Valley.”

Karbassi earned endorsements from Merced Sheriff Vernon Warnke, State Senator Melissa Hurtado, the California Police Officers Association and the Fresno Police Officers Association.

republican candidate Marc Pazin served three terms as sheriff in Merced County, where more than half of District 27’s registered voters reside, according to state data. Pazin also worked for the California Office of Emergency Services.

“The bottom line here is we just got to stop some of the nonsense in Sacramento,” Pazin said. “You know – it defunds the police, not a comprehensive strategy for more water storage.”

Pazin said he prioritizes funding for public safety, water storage, the homelessness crisis and lowering state taxes.

Emerald Soria says she is a Democrat who will prioritize affordable housing and accessible water for all. Soria raised the most campaign funds with over $400,000 and won the most supporters, including the California Democratic Party.

“We need to make sure that in Sacramento we have someone who understands the issues intimately,” Soria says. “But also knows the inner workings and can start from day one.”

In 2020, Soria unsuccessfully challenged Jim Costa for the 16th congressional district seat.

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