Morongo Basin, Ca.,- The Little Engine That Could, Candidate Karalee Hargrove, looks like she will pull this election off according to the early State results.>LINK
June 3, 2014, at 11:28PM, here is an update for the 42nd State Assembly race:
Karalee Hargrove 17,034 39.6%
Chad Mayes 13,874 32.3%
Gary Jeandron 12,112 28.2%
Here is the post by the Sentinel:
Democrat Hargrove Defying Odds Against GOPs In 42nd District
(April 2) Morongo Unified School District Board Member Karalee Hargrove is running for the California Assembly in the 42nd District, the sole Democratic candidate in a race that features Republicans Chad Mayes and Gary Jeandron.
“I saw that no Democrat and no woman was running and I thought, ‘Why give the seat away to someone who does not represent me?’ I am talking about the issues in the state of California – vocational education, water, economic opportunity and the need to address how we are going to spend the money that will come available with the budget surplus we are now anticipating. How are we going to backfill the cuts we have made in recent years? I think we need as a leader someone who has been in the shoes of employees who were furloughed or had to take an eight dollar an hour job because that was all they could get. That is why I thought I would run.”
The district includes a number of desert communities in both San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Included in the district are the cities and communities of Banning, Beaumont, Cabazon, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Hemet, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, San Jacinto, and Whitewater in Riverside County and Joshua Tree, Landers, Morongo Valley, Pioneertown, Twentynine Palms, Yucaipa and Yucca Valley in San Bernardino County.
A major issue facing the district, Hargrove said, is what development and regulatory standards are going to be applied to solar power projects in the desert.
“There are a lot of solar farms seeking out our valuable desert land,” she said. Other issues include “creating infrastructure and jobs where people can make prevailing wage, ensuring an adequate water supply and educating students for the workplace.”
“Why do we have so much grass in the desert,” she asked, indicating xeriscaping should be encouraged. “Seventy percent of our water goes to agriculture. We need to devote a larger share of our education to vocationalization. Eighty percent of our high school students do not go to college. How are we preparing those students for real life skills?”
Hargrove said, “The overall state issues I am concerned with are prison overcrowding, housing, water, vocationalizing education. We invest a tremendous amount of money in educating students and when they hit the age of 18 and get their diploma we cut them loose. We need to focus on job training and not just college readiness. I also believe every child four years old should be put into a preschool setting,”
Hargrove said she understood that she was a Democrat in a district that is predominantly Republican. But she pointed out that sending a Republican to the statehouse to represent the 42nd District will not be beneficial politically, given the heavy majority of Democrats in the legislature. She said she is capable of voicing the concerns of her Republican constituents.
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