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The Desert Sun Endorses Ron Oden for California State Assembly, 80th District June 1, 2006

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Oden's independence makes him better candidate for Assembly seat

The Desert Sun
June 1, 2006 June 1, 2006


Democrats next Tuesday should back Ron Oden as the party's candidate for the 80th District Assembly seat. As Palm Springs' current mayor, Oden has shown himself to be an independent thinker, offers municipal experience that could prove beneficial for the valley and holds strong ties with many in the community.Oden faces Steve Clute, head of the nonprofit Children's Spine Foundation and Palm Desert resident, in the June 6 primary. The winner takes on incumbent Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, in the November general election.As mayor, Oden has proven himself a moderate willing to work across party lines, and in doing so has proven himself an independent voice on the City Council. He takes stands on principle but not on ideology. Indeed, during the past three years Oden has successfully worked with Palm Springs Councilmen Mike McCulloch and Chris Mills to get city business done. Most notably is establishing a retail district in the Ramon Road and Gene Autry Trail area. Because of this, he's helped improve Palm Springs' standing as a business-friendly city. This is the kind of leadership that is needed in Sacramento, where special interests too frequently influence decision-making and where partisanship prevents solutions.Oden offers important municipal experience that could prove useful in representing the valley. He served eight years on the Palm Springs City Council, having been elected in 1995, and has been mayor since 2003. Our valley essentially is a string of cities;the Imperial Valley, also in the 80th Assembly District, is becoming increasingly so. Bringing an understanding of cities' needs and problems they've faced when dealing with Sacramento gives Oden an advantage over Clute.

Strong ties to the valley mark another of Oden's strengths. He has served on a variety of regional bodies, including the board of directors for the United Way of the Desert. That experience comes through when Oden talks about how he would help the district if elected. He focuses on bringing state dollars to the valley to ensure we have more than one transportation artery and so that we expand our colleges. He speaks about striking a balance to resolve Salton Sea issues and then aggressively advocating that plan at the state level. He wants to recapture the movie industry from other states and countries, bringing it not just to the LA. basin but to the valley.

Clute touts how past experience in the state Legislature will give him a running start representing the district if elected. But with term limits, the Legislature has changed since Clute last served from 1982 to 1992. That, accompanied by Oden's charisma and ability to make connections, erodes the advantage Clute claims.

THE ISSUE
Democrats will decide Tuesday who will be their candidate for the 80th Assembly District: Ron Oden or Steve Clute. WE SUGGEST Democrats should vote for Ron Oden.

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    Imperial Valley Press Endorses Ron Oden for State Assembly! May 30, 2006

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    Oden endorsed in 80th Assembly District

    In the 80th Assembly Dis­trict, incumbent Assem­blywoman Bonnie Garcia, R-Cathedral City, is run­ning unopposed in next week's primary election. The only question for Garcia is which of the two Democratic contenders, Steve Clute or Ron Oden, she will face in November.
    Clute is a former assembly­man and has received the offi­cial backing of his party; Oden, the sitting mayor of Palm Springs, believes he is in a better position to challenge the incumbent in the fall based on his hands-on experi­ence at the municipal govern­ment level.
    We think he has a point.
    While Clute already knows the legislative ropes and his way around the state Capitol, institutional knowledge is less important to us than innova­tive thinking and bold initia­tive, both of which Oden seems to possess in abun­dance.
    Not only that, but Oden is by far the more passionate and charismatic of the two candi­dates.
    The problem for both men, at least where the Imperial Valley is concerned, is that neither has much name recognition out­side Riverside County.
    Of the two, Clute is probably better known locally, mainly due to his pre­vious years in the Legislature, but Oden has been a frequent visitor of late and there seems to be a healthy buzz about his prospects among the party faithful we have consulted.
    It is something of a depar­ture for us to make an en­dorsement in a contested pri­mary election, but we are making an exception in this race because we believe voters in this part of the 80th district would benefit from a vigorous campaign in the general elec­tion to come. It isn't that we think the incumbent has been giving short shrift to her Imperial Valley constituency, because she has never failed to respond when the need arose. Our main com­plaint with the level of representation that Garcia has provided to Imperial County residents is that it has been all too perfunctory.
    Both Clute and Oden have seized on this perceived shortcoming on the part of the incumbent in their contest with each other. Either would be able to engage her on the range of issues that confront our combined desert region, starting with the Salton Sea and extending to trans-border energy generation in the Mex­icali Valley.
    But Oden appears to us to be the more polished cam­paigner, and we were frankly impressed by his grasp of the issues during our single edito­rial board meeting with him earlier this month. Clute rep­resents the old way, which comes with certain advantages but also poses its own draw­backs.
    Still, Ron Oden will be fac­ing a real test against this sea­soned political veteran — and the party apparatus that is lined up behind him. While we wonder if the Imperial and Coachella valleys are ready for the new politics Oden person-i­fies, we believe he offers a fresh perspective.
    And he has earned our en­dorsement.

     

    MegaScene Op Ed Ron Oden May 27, 2006

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    Equality California endorses Ron Oden’s campaign for 80th District California State Assembly May 24, 2006

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    Megascene, the largest Gay Newspaper in the Coachella Valley, endorses Ron Oden for State Assembly May 22, 2006

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    Capital Political Action Committee endorses Ron Oden for California 80th District State Assembly 2006 May 17, 2006

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    Equality California endorses Ron Oden’s campaign for 80th District State Assembly May 17, 2006

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    Equality California Political Action Committee (EQCA PAC) endorses candidates and supports their campaigns through donations, targeted mail and volunteer muscle. The Equality California PAC works to expand the number of equality-minded representatives in Sacramento and to ensure that we can continue our progress toward true equality.

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    San Diego Democratic Club endorses Ron Oden for State Assembly May 17, 2006

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    The Committee to Elect Ron Oden 2006 is proud to announce an endorsement by Service Employees International Union, Local 700 May 17, 2006

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    California Legislative Black Caucus endorses Ron Oden’s run for 80th district State Assembly May 17, 2006

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    ECCO (Elections Committee for the County of Orange) Endorses Ron Oden for 80th District State Assembly May 17, 2006

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    Welcome to the Official Ron Oden Media Syndicate May 17, 2006

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