Farm Bureau endorses Maldonado for lieutenant governor
» August 30, 2010 «
Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Abel Maldonado has won endorsement for election from the California Farm Bureau Federation. Citing his strong farm background and history of support for family farmers and ranchers, the Farm Bureau Board of Directors endorsed Maldonado in his campaign to return to Sacramento to serve for the next four years.
Maldonado, a Republican, was appointed lieutenant governor by Gov. Schwarzenegger earlier this year. Prior to becoming lieutenant governor, Maldonado represented the 15th state Senate district, which includes all or part of five Central Coast counties: Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz.
“During his career in the Legislature, Abel Maldonado built a strong record of action to protect and sustain California family farms and ranches,” California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. “As lieutenant governor, he has new opportunity to build on that record and help guide our state’s recovery.”
Wenger noted that Maldonado grew up in a farming family and became involved in politics because of frustration with the bureaucracy he faced when trying to win a city building permit for a strawberry cooling facility.
“Abel Maldonado always keeps in mind that government should work for the people, not vice versa,” Wenger said. “He knows first-hand how unnecessarily burdensome regulation can slow economic growth, and how important family farms and ranches remain to California’s economy and environment. Farm Bureau is proud to support him.”
The California Farm Bureau Federation works to protect family farms and ranches on behalf of 81,000 members statewide and as part of a nationwide network of more than 6.2 million Farm Bureau members.
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