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Follow the money in the Assembly race

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It was interesting to learn the sources of campaign financing for the candidates in the 35th State Assembly District race (“In Assembly race, Achadjian outraises Harmon with help from corporate donors,” Oct. 9, Tribune). I have long known that Mr. Achadjian casts a wide net in his political and business relationships, but did not realize how beholden he must be to interest groups far away from his home district. The list of the incumbent’s supporters is disturbing. By accepting substantial contributions from Koch Industries, PepsiCo, and General Motors, Achadjian calls into question just who his constituents are. Alarming as well is his support by two Native American tribes—one in Temecula, and the other in the Coachella Valley. It brings to question just what kind of deals he is making in Sacramento.

In contrast, Heidi Harmon has built a truly grassroots campaign based on issues that directly impact the people of the 35th District. Her financial support comes from the people she will represent. She is a leader willing to take a stand without the influence of big business. Unlike her opponent, Harmon is not a career politician. She will not shy away from pursuing definitive action to mitigate the dire challenges we face as residents of the Central Coast. Take this opportunity to effect true change and growth in California. Vote for Heidi Harmon—a genuine leader and the best candidate for the Central Coast.

-- Rosemary Canfield - Shell Beach

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