Gov. candidate decries regulations during visit to DN
A Republican candidate for governor told local residents Saturday night that he wants to relax the hold state boards and commissions have on economic development.
State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, who spoke at a fundraiser for the Del Norte County Republican Party, said he decided to run for Assembly in 2010 after the state "executed" the plastics industry through unelected boards and commissions and strict regulations.
He also denounced proposed gun control legislation as an assault on the Second Amendment.
Donnelly spoke out against the new Common Core State Standards form of testing in schools, as well as a new law that allows transgender students access to whichever restroom and locker room they want.
"If you have a daughter, she's lost the right to privacy," he said. "For the first time in generations, social indoctrination has come into public schools."
Donnelly currently represents the mountain and High Desert regions of San Bernardino County and plans to run in the 2014 gubernatorial election. He was joined by State Republican Party Chair Jim Brulte and Elissa Wadleigh, the northwestern vice chair of the California Republican Party.
State Sen. Jim Nielsen and District 1 Congressman Doug LaMalfa also greeted Del Norte County Republicans via a video message. In his message, Nielsen encouraged Del Norte County to join Siskiyou County in its efforts to create another state.
"If we don't get another state at least we'll have a stronger vote," he said, referring to the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors vote Sept. 3. "I'm honored to be representing you, and although I'll lose Del Norte County (due to redistricting), my heart will remain with you and my representation of you will remain also."
Del Norte will become part of the 2nd state Senate District due to redistricting. That district is currently represented by Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa. It also is not part of LaMalfa's congressional district.
Donnelly said he wrote a letter of commendation to the Siskiyou supervisors who supported the latest move to withdraw the county from California. But, he said he will encourage those supervisors to support him before moving forward with the process of creating a new state.
"I'm planning to meet with them on Monday (to encourage) them to give this one last try in 2014," he said. "We've had it with the abuse of power that's become standard procedure."
Every industry that is being regulated by a state board or commission should have a representative who sits on that board or commission, Donnelly said. He likened his frustration with state government to the founding fathers' fight against taxation without representation, calling it "regulation without representation."
"If you have good rules and good regulations you get buy-in," Donnelly said. "There should always be a balance between the economy, the economic needs of the state and the environment. But it's so far out of whack that it's turning farmers into criminals, whether it's the air resources board or the state water quality control board with run-off."
Brulte, who represented California's 31st Senate District from 1996 to 2004, said his party's goal should be to help the Republicans maintain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and eliminate the-super majority in the U.S. Senate. Meanwhile, local party members should get more Republicans registered and elected to city and county public offices, he said.
Wadleigh echoed Brulte's statements, pointing out that Del Norte County has more registered Republicans than Democrats.
"I encourage you all not to take it for granted," she said. "We need to work on a local level and we do that through our core principles of liberty and freedom, private property rights and respect for the Constitution. We need to get out there and let people know those are our core principles."
The Del Norte County Republican Party rented space at Ocean Air Farms in Fort Dick for the fundraiser. Owner Paul Madeira said it was the second private party the farm has hosted. The food was prepared at Rural Human Services' mobile kitchen.
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