Originally posted in the Novato Patch
By Councilmembers Jim Wood And Carol Russell
We need a Representative in Washington who not only stands for the right values, but who can deliver results.
The choice is clear. Assemblyman Jared Huffman is by far the best candidate for Congress.
Jared has proven his commitment to Democratic values, both in the State Assembly and in his prior work as an environmental and civil rights attorney. He is the only candidate with a proven voting record of leadership on the environment, civil rights and equality, a woman’s right to choose, education, clean energy, and creating jobs.
We’re not alone in thinking so. Jared is supported by the Sierra Club and California League of Conservation Voters, the California Labor Federation, California Federation of Teachers, the California Small Business Association, the North Bay Leadership Council, the Press Democrat, Congressman Mike Thompson, Supervisors Mike McGuire, Valerie Brown, Efren Carrillo and David Rabbitt, Windsor Mayor Debora Fudge and dozens of other councilmembers, educators, and community leaders in our area.
Like us, they support Jared because he has proven that he has the principles, skills and experience to be an effective voice in Congress.
Jared is a proven leader on issues that matter to our region. He was the only candidate to play an active role in passing the SMART rail program, serving as campaign co-chair in both 2006 and 2008. He is the only candidate who has publicly committed to finding federal funding to accelerate the completion of the project all the way to Cloverdale. SMART is already creating hundreds of jobs, and will create tremendous economic opportunities in cities it serves.
In the State Assembly, Jared’s combination of innovative thinking and political skill has led to a remarkable record. He shepherded more than 60 bills into law, despite having a Republican Governor during most of his tenure in office. Many of those bills broke new policy ground: a testament to his innovative approaches to thorny problems.
Here are just a few of the many successful examples of Jared’s effectiveness and leadership:
- Jared wrote AB 42, authorizing a new type of nonprofit operating agreement that is benefiting local economies by saving state parks from closure.
- He authored AB 881, which created Sonoma County’s groundbreaking Regional Climate Protection Authority, enabling a range of innovative, job-creating clean energy programs.
- He wrote AB 964, which streamlines the process for approving off-stream
frost protection ponds so vineyards can be protected from frost without harming fragile salmon populations.
To us, the choice is clear. Our region has real needs, and our nation is hurting. We must send someone to Washington who not only stands for the right things, but who has the proven ability to do something about them.
Assemblyman Jared Huffman is the only candidate who meets that standard. We strongly encourage voters to support Jared Huffman for Congress on June 5.
To get involved in Jared’s campaign or to learn more, please visit www.jaredhuffman.com.
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