Republican candidate Julie Craven of Concord-CA, has entered the 2010 Assembly race for the 11th Assembly seat that will be vacated by Democrat Tom Torlakson, who will run for California Superintendent of Public Instruction. As the only declared Republican for the GOP primary, Craven would face Democrat frontrunner Susan Bonilla, a Contra Costa County Supervisor (D-IV), also of Concord.
Craven, who’s career has seen her help design and manage retail space, packaging and branding for Fortune 500 companies including Safeway and Microsoft, says her campaign motto is: “Enough is enough. Change requires the courage to challenge the status quo.” According to her campaign statement:
I’m a private citizen, a community volunteer, and a growingly concerned Californian. I’m a woman whose views and passion reflect many of my generations’ greatest hopes and growing fears for what California is and where it may end up.
Things are not okay right now in California. The current state of affairs and “business as usual” in Sacramento has all of us, Republican, Independent, and Democrat, young and mature very alarmed.
I want to raise a family in District 11. I want to build a small business in District 11, and I would like to have a sustainable future for all of us in District 11. Currently political posturing and runway spending has hampered the ability of most Californians to buy a house, get a good job, and raise a family in a good school district. We are not focused on raising, building and sustaining a District 11 where all of us can live, prosper and grow.
I must confess – as a young woman I am very concerned about the next 60 years, not just a 24 month election cycle.
All of us are aware of the ineffectual business as usual practices regarding jobs, education, water issues, and an unsustainable budget where overspending and over taxation seems the norm. There is no accountability, and no one is taking responsibility. Yet, the list of government programs goes on and on.
We can all agree that this is a total failure and things need to change. Band-aids won’t heal the wounds that have been created for my generation – only practical, fiscally responsible, realistic solutions will help get us out of this mess.
My name is Julie Craven and what I bring is a track record of seeking the best counsel, advice and guidance from both young and mature neighbors and friends to find common ground that result in solutions – not more bickering.
I’m really excited about the chance to help change Sacramento. I’m young, I’m motivated, and the future of my generation depends on people like me not giving up but trying to make things better. I want to bring a fresh perspective to Sacramento; free of entrenched partisan issues. I’m going to give it all I have and I hope you’ll join me.