Farm Bureau welcomes nominations of Whitman, Fiorina
» June 9, 2010 «
Describing results from Tuesday’s primary election as encouraging, the leader of California’s largest farm organization said farmers welcome the nominations of Meg Whitman for governor and Carly Fiorina for U.S. senator.
“We’re pleased by the choices that voters will have in the general election this fall,” California Farm Bureau President Paul Wenger said. “With Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, we have two people who will bring sharp business sense to government. Budget deficits are ballooning in both Sacramento and Washington. We need people like Meg and Carly to force government to live within its means.”
Wenger noted that both Whitman and Fiorina had sought Farm Bureau endorsements prior to the primary election.
“By working for Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, farmers and ranchers can assure that California elects leaders who care about the future of farms and ranches,” he said. “Both of them will focus on economic growth, and both recognize that to sustain our state—economically and environmentally—we need to expand and fix the water system. Both candidates value agriculture as a renewable source of economic stimulus for California, and as a contributor to national security by assuring safe supplies of domestically grown food for our state and nation.”
Wenger also expressed satisfaction with passage of Proposition 14, which will create an open primary election system under which the two candidates earning the most votes—regardless of their party affiliation—will advance to the general election.
“The open primary is another step in making state government more responsive,” he said. “It will broaden opportunities to elect candidates who will consider all points of view and find compromise. We see the passage of Proposition 14 as a welcome sequel to the passage of Proposition 11 two years ago, which changed how legislative districts will be redrawn. Californians want more representative government, and these measures will help.”
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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