La Quinta - Mark Orozco, candidate for the open 42 Assembly District, and his opponent Brian Nestande recently addressed the Desert Sands School Board to talk about their competing visions for California public education. The rare public appearance by Republican Nestande, offered Mark Orozco another opportunity to speak with Nestande about arranging a public debate, a request Mr. Nestande has repeatedly rebuffed despite request from voters in his own party.
When approached by the Orozco campaign at the Desert Sands Board meeting, Nestande shot down yet another debate request stating that he saw no reason to address voters in this election. “I don’t need to come out for a debate” said Nestande, “All voters need to see is the R beside my name on the ballot.” Mark
Orozco believes Nestande’s arrogance hurts voters. “The people of this district have suffered for years under irrelevant representatives. Brian Nestande’s comments demonstrate that he doesn’t care enough about voters to bother coming out to talk to them. For him, this district is just a stepping-stone to higher office. He is in this race for himself, not for the public he is supposed to serve.”
In an interview with the Desert Sun, released on October 1, Nestande admitted that his real focus was on his future political ambitions. While claiming to take the current race seriously, Nestande let slip to reporters why he hasn’t put in any effort saying, “I don’t want to spend all my money now if I’m going to use it later,” referring to his plans to run for a State Senate seat in 2014.
Given that the 42nd district is nothing more than a self-described layover on Nestande’s trip to higher office, its no wonder that the career politician refuses to meet with the public to discuss the district’s future. “This district deserves better” says Mark Orozco, “lets show my opponent that we want to be relevant again in Sacramento! Lets talk about the issues, not just the parties, and lets make this race about citizenship, not partisanship.”
Mark Orozco is running to represent the newly-drawn 42nd Assembly District. The 42nd District includes San Bernardino County; 29 Palms, Morongo Valley, Yucaipa, Yucca Valley, Landers, Joshua Tree, and Pioneertown, as well as Riverside County; Beaumont, Banning, Cherry Valley, Cabazon, Calimesa, San Jacinto, Hemet, White Water, Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, and Rancho Mirage.
To learn more please visit http://www.markorozco.com