Single Payer: Support from D candidates in CA District 15 state Assembly campaign
OK, Berkeley. Nevertheless!
Four Democratic Party candidates competing for the District 15 state Assembly seat showed remarkable agreement when responding to questions at the Jan. 23 Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club meeting. None of the hopefuls were able to capture the club endorsement, which requires a 55 percent vote. ....
Among the four candidates, two have held public office: Tony Thurmond served on the Richmond City Council from 2005 to 2008 and on the West Contra Costa County School Board from 2008 to 2012. Berkeley resident Andy Katz is president of the East Bay Municipal Utilities District board, where he has had a seat since 2006.
Candidate Elizabeth Echols, an Oakland resident, was the U.S. Small Business Administration regional director from 2010 to 2013, and Emeryville resident Sam Kang is lead attorney for the Greenlining Institute, a nonprofit social justice advocacy organization.
While Wellstone interviewed only Democratic Party candidates -- about 65 percent of the district's registered voters are Democrats -- San Pablo City Councilman Rich Kinney, a Republican, is running for the seat, as is retired anthropology professor Eugene Ruyle, a Peace and Freedom Party candidate who ran against Skinner in 2012. Candidates can't officially begin to file for office until Feb. 10.
The two top vote getters in the June 3 primary, irrespective of party affiliation, will square off in the Nov. 4 general election.
In their responses to questions posed by the club, the four candidates said they supported single payer health care and a complete moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, the process of injecting water mixed with sand and chemicals into shale rock to release natural gas or oil.
None of this wussiness about the public option zombie magic sparkle pony.
Good to see single payer as red meat for the base. ObamaCare has a lot of explainers, and a many apologists. It doesn't seem to have many defenders.