Hopes clash in race for new District 5

The new Congressional District 5 has candidates lining up to face an incumbent from another district who has more than a decade of experience on Capitol Hill. Some Turlock residents will decide on a representative with groups of voters from different parts of California.

The east side of Turlock and Denair are included in Congressional District 5, which stretches from the eastern Sacramento area, through Tuolumne and Mariposa counties and to Kings Canyon, jutting west into Stanislaus County to include part of Modesto and all of Oakdale, Waterford and Hughson.

After dividing his district due to redistricting, District 4 Rep. Tom McClintock decided to enter the race for District 5. McClintock has been in Congress since 2009, having spent eight years in the US Senate. State of California.

Tom McClintock

“When you talk about issues like inflation and forest management, the only candidate who has done anything about those issues is Rep. McClintock,” said McClintock consultant and spokesman Chris Baker. “Tom is the only candidate in this race who, frankly, has a conservative record for addressing these issues that are important to voters.”

Some issues Baker has heard from voters that are priorities are inflation, the overall economy and immigration.

“Biden administration policies have played a significant role in driving inflation in the United States,” Baker said. “As a fiscal conservative throughout his career, Tom has advocated for less government and less government spending.”

McClintock is confident about his chances of staying in Congress and being part of a Republican majority after this year’s election.

“I think I speak for Tom and most Republicans involved in the congressional elections that we feel very good about Republicans taking over the House in November,” Baker said.

This is Democrat Mike Barkley’s sixth attempt to win a congressional seat. The former lawyer and farmer believes he shares the same concerns and passions with the people of District 5.

“I looked at them (the maps of the district) and saw that the largest portion of the population of the eight counties in the new District 5, 43%, came from eastern Stanislaus County, neighborhoods that I had already traveled,” Barkley said. “I guessed that few Democrats would run, bought voter records from all eight counties, analyzed them, and concluded there was an opportunity to make sure non-Republicans had someone to vote for.”

Mike Barley

Mike Barley

Some priorities for Barkley are gun reform, water management and wildfires. He is also an advocate for the adoption of Medicare for All, a balanced budget and the “humanization” of immigration.

Barkley believes being the only Democrat to file will put him in a good position to reach the general election and he could appeal to voters in the district on the issues they are passionate about to win the race.

Republican Nathan Magsig is a member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors and former mayor of Clovis. Magsig holds a Master of Science in Criminology and a Master of Business Administration from California State University, Fresno. He is also a licensed general contractor, licensed principal inspector and building performance and energy management specialist.

“I have been involved in local government for over 21 years now and when I see what is happening with issues such as: national debt, forest fires, water and agriculture issues, it seems that things are getting worse, not better,” Magsig said. .

Nathan Magsig

Nathan Magsig

Magsig has spent 10 years building affordable housing and believes the best way to reduce the cost of housing is to reduce the cost of materials and labor.

“Nobody talks about making the material more abundant,” he said. “When we repair our forest, we can bring more wood from the forest and simultaneously create a lot of jobs.”

Magsig’s plan to reach all voters is to talk about these issues because he believes these issues are on people’s minds no matter where they are on the political spectrum.

“I’m the type of candidate who wants to get things done and focus on the issues,” Magsig said. “Although I’m a Republican, I want to focus on the issues, and that sets me apart from a lot of others who just want to focus on a party and be partisan, that’s just not how I operate.”

Kelsten Obert owns a landscaping business he started during the 2009 recession. He decided to enter politics after seeing how people’s lives were affected during the pandemic.

“In 2020, I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines and complain about this, that or the other, so I decided to run for city council,” Obert said. “With this run, I feel like I have the same belief in me that I want the country to solve its problems.”

One of the reasons Obert feels best suited for the district is that he said he is one of two candidates who live in the district. He thinks that “people want their opinions represented in congress.”

Kelsten Obert

Kelsten Obert

Obert would ease regulations to combat rising gas prices and other rising costs: “We need long-term solutions instead of short-term ones.”

“Visa cards sound good, but I have to find ways to cut costs,” Obert said. “We could suspend the gasoline tax for six months, and I think that will lower it by 18 cents. I think we need to focus on supply and demand, rather than quick fixes.

He thinks it’s time for a new generation of leaders to step up and focus on less partisan issues.

“I’m going to be 33, and I’m really optimistic that my generation is going to step up and fix these issues, that it seems like it’s the same talking point every election, but nothing really changes,” Obert said. .

David Main is an Iraqi doctor and veteran from Roseville. The Republican is running for District 5 because he “lived and worked in the district” and wants to represent people in the culture he grew up in.

David Principal

David Principal

Some of Main’s priorities are university spending, the COVID-19 response, and forest management.

“We are fighting for our fundamental and most inherent freedoms,” Main said in a statement. “The Biden administration has let us down in too many ways to count and we need a Republican wave to sweep Congress and the Senate in 2022, and I hope for the presidency in 2024. I will go to Congress to fight against the Biden agenda and fighting for our nation and our region. I fought as a soldier and I fought for patients as an ER doctor, I know how to fight and I swear to fight this fight in Washington, DC”

Independent Steve Wozniak has worn many different hats including: journalist, actor, roofer and more.

“And the most important thing I’ve learned is that too many people are not represented by the tribalist duopoly that has overtaken Washington,” he said in a statement. “Stubbornness, complacency, corruption and hubris on both sides of the aisle have led to the most ineffective government of our lifetime.”

Some of its priorities are the economy, foreign relations, freedom and liberty, investing in the future and the environment. He believes that being independent allows him to focus on the voters.

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak

“Voters need a third option,” Wozniak said. “They need leaders who, in times of adversity, will try to inspire courage and hope instead of redouble their efforts to sow fear. They need someone to listen to them, not preach to them. They needed it for a long time. »

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