Two candidates vying for redesigned California State Assembly District 75 – NBC 7 San Diego

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A newly redesigned State Assembly District 75 means two Republican incumbents will face each other in the June primary election, with a spot already guaranteed for both in the November general election.

Current District 75 Deputy Mary Waldron will run against the current District 71 Assemblyman Randy Voepel.

Previously, District 75 covered an area from Temecula to Escondido. But the redesigned district now covers a much larger area, from southern Riverside County to the Mexican border, including Fallbrook, Bonsall, Valley Center, Ramona, Poway, Santee, Jamul and Lakeside.

NBC 7 spoke with Lakeside voters to hear their thoughts on the two candidates and their platforms.

“For me, what’s important is getting the Spirit of America back. I feel like we’ve taken a different direction,” said Paul Sprecco, a longtime Lakeside resident who is now at retirement.

“The housing market is a priority for me. A lot of people are seeing their rents go up, people are getting 60 days notice because the landlords want to sell the place,” said Ginger Rich, owner of Reflections Spa and Salon in Lakeside for nine years.

Voters will have to choose from two candidates who have very similar platforms.

Voepel opposes any new tax. He is in favor of lowering the gas tax.

He supports increased penalties for crimes, according to his campaign website.

Waldron, co-author of a plan to suspend the gas tax for six months, supports a tax cut for the middle class, according to his campaign website.

These platforms are exactly what voters like Sprecco are looking for.

“I’m looking for something or someone that will make people’s lives and businesses run easier. Not someone who will regulate, throttle or do anything to control,” Sprecco said.

The candidates also share similar platforms when it comes to two other hot topics.

Waldron would need treatment for the mentally ill and drug addicts to help solve the homelessness crisis. Voepel also says substance abuse and mental health need to be addressed to address the issue.

On this subject, Rich, who organizes an annual haircut event for the homeless, agrees with both candidates.

“A lot of homeless people I’ve met have mental illness, have schizophrenia and can’t get the resources, maybe because it’s local or hard to get to, but they need the resources to get medical care,” Rich said.

Meanwhile, on gun reform, Voepel says all law-abiding citizens should have the right to own guns. He says he will oppose all efforts to restrict 2nd Amendment rights.

“I believe we should have the right to have a gun and take responsibility courses to have that gun and be responsible. I believe it is our right,” Rich said.

Waldron is also committed to improving the school system and says she strongly opposes “un-American education.”

“We must teach our history, our constitution and our founding fathers!” says Waldron on his webpage.

“Schools should educate our children on the fundamentals of education, which is what we send them to school for. Leave the other training based on religion, culture or sexual orientation to the parents, Sprecco said.

So far, Sprecco and Rich, who generally agree with both candidates’ platforms, say they haven’t picked a candidate.

NBC 7 repeatedly reached out to both contestants asking specifically, “what separates you from your opponent.”

Voepel responded Monday with the following written statement:

“What separates Randy Voepel from his opponent is his dedication and commitment to his constituents. His sole focus is the needs, wants and values ​​of his constituents, not the Sacramento lobbyist, politics or money. .”

Waldron did not respond.

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