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San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara Counties, CA June 22, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for John Laird

Candidate for
State Senator; District 15

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I am running for State Senate because our state is in crisis. Our schools have slipped to 47th in the nation in per pupil funding and our state parks are being shuttered. The legislative gridlock over the budget has paralyzed our state government and become a national embarrassment. The people of California have lost confidence in our government - and our state - and rightfully so.

As an educator, former Mayor, Community College Trustee and Assembly Member, I have seen first-hand how this gridlock has impacted Californians. Budget cuts are crippling local governments, schools and our economy are in trouble. I'll fight to change Sacramento by working to end gridlock and sticking to my principles.

I have my views and principles - and I'll fight hard for them - but I know Sacramento must work in a bipartisan way to get anything done. One of my proudest accomplishments during my time in the Assembly was earning the respect and friendship of many players who normally agree on nothing.

We need more state officials willing to do what is right to get things done. I have the experience, ideas and motivation to change the way Sacramento does business.

I am asking the voters of the 15th Senate District to send me to Sacramento to fight for them. In the State Senate, I will do as I have always done: work hard and reach across the aisle to get things done on issues important to California.

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