23rd District congressional incumbent Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, met her challengers Don Regan, republican, and Michael Favorite, libertarian, for a debate on Tuesday in Santa Maria.
The three faced off about issues surrounding the 23rd District, which covers parts of Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties.
Capps told the audience of about 60 that security is the most important issue to consider this election year. She said that national security is closely tied to the 23rd District, which has seven harbors.
â€œRight now our Coast Guard is really stretched,â€? she said. Capps added that security issues regarding places like Diablo Canyon need to be considered as well. She also brought the war in Iraq into the debate. â€œThis president was woefully unprepared to deal with the aftermath,â€? she said.
Regan believes community involvement and representation in government is weak right now.
â€œI want to bring government back here to the people,â€? said Regan. â€œPut it on the ground and make it work for the people. Itâ€™s about communication.â€?
Regan emphasized that he would work across party lines, while Capps noted that she has never authored a bill that was not co-authored by a Republican.
The third candidate at the debate was libertarian candidate Michael Favorite.
â€œIâ€™m the guy whoâ€™s here who doesnâ€™t really expect to get elected,â€? he said. Favorite energetically told the audience that the â€œbiggest problem facing us today are professional politicians.â€?