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The new 17th: Bill Monning, Larry Beaman seek State Senate seat

Modified: Friday, Nov 2nd, 2012

State Assemblyman Bill Monning, a Democrat, and Central Coast businessman Larry Beaman, a Republican, are running to become California's next 17th District Senator. Courtesy photos.

• Bill Monning — Candidate, California State Senate, 17th District

Paso Robles Press: Why do you feel qualified to be a State Senator?

Monning: My experience in the State Assembly: I've served on the Budget Committee, been the chair of the Assembly Committee on Health, had a successful track record on legislation both in the area of health and other legislation that's in support of my constituents in my current district. I have been leading an effort to establish a regional veterans cemetery, a California Veterans Cemetery at the former Fort Ord that would serve not just Monterey County veterans' families but San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, San Benito, Santa Clara, it would serve the region. We have more than 100,000 veterans' families. I have received high rankings in my work in the State Assembly from various interest groups from law enforcement to environmental groups. I have also been endorsed in this race by Monterey County Hospitality Association and Chamber of Commerce. The threads that connect my current district in the assembly with the new senate district— agriculture is the number one employer throughout the new 17th senate district, followed by hospitality and tourism, and higher education. Those are the same communities of interest in my current assembly district that also would continue to be that or are just employers in the new senate district.

• Larry Beaman — Candidate, California State Senate, 17th District

Beaman: I have been involved in public service in the past, and while I do believe that as an individual that qualifies me to be a State Senator — I'm not a professional politician nor do I inspire to be one. That's what I think got our state into the problem we're currently in. Our people have professional politicians.

For the complete article see the 11-02-2012 issue.

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