ROCKY CHAVEZ HOLDS KICK-OFF FOR CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY
Says campaign will be about jobs, education, veterans and government efficiency
OCEANSIDE—Rocky Chavez this week announced the start of his campaign for District 76 of the California Assembly at a gathering held on the factory floor of a sign manufacturer in North County. The newly created district includes Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and Encinitas and also reaches deep into Camp Pendleton.
“This is the start of something really positive for our community,” said Sandra Fichter, last year’s Veteran of the Year, who introduced Chavez at the event. “I know how important jobs are for the people who live in this district.”
Chavez recently served as Acting Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs in Sacramento after almost a decade on the Oceanside City Council. “I’m running for the Assembly because I've learned that the role for government is to support economic development, streamline the process – and give small businesses and individuals the ability to improve this economy.” Chavez drew an appreciative reaction from the group of supporters and factory workers when he wryly commented that some Sacramento entities were structured as “self-licking ice cream cones.”
Chavez, a strong proponent of education, stressed the need to improve the state’s schools to allow students to be able to compete in the global market. Education is a critical component of an environment that fuels economic growth, and California needs to support a statewide culture of lifetime learning. Chavez said the statewide community college system could be better utilized in this regard.
Rocky Chavez, who served as a Marine for over twenty-eight years and retired a Colonel, also said he would stand up for those who have served this country, working to improve educational opportunities and job prospects for all California veterans, especially those just returning from current conflicts. He also discussed improving government efficiency by aligning the state budget to a strategic plan, taking into account execution and funding.
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