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Lawyer jumps into Assembly race

By From page A1 | April 04, 2012

SACRAMENTO — Small business owner Andy Pugno announced his candidacy for State Assembly, District 6, saying that his real-world experience owning and operating a small business, combined with his proven record of effective leadership, makes him the right choice for voters who want to get California back on track.

“The 6th Assembly District is one of the last conservative strongholds in California. Its residents deserve an accessible representative who will provide aggressive leadership on the issues that matter to them,” Pugno said when he announced his candidacy on the Eric Hogue radio show.

Having built a successful business helping hundreds of local families and small businesses to reduce their taxes and cope with government regulations, and having served as a deputy city attorney working on local government issues such as land use, economic development and transportation, Pugno enters the race for Assembly with knowledge and experience on the issues that matter most to the people of the 6th Assembly District.

Pugno also noted his role as the author and chief legal counsel for Proposition 8. After winning two cases in the California Supreme Court defending traditional marriage since Prop 8’s passage, Andy is now defending the people’s vote for Proposition 8 in federal court.

“I’ve had countless conversations with people in this area about their thoughts on the issues affecting their families and our state,” said Pugno. “The common thread is that the current crop of incumbent, entitled legislators is out of touch with the realities facing working families. Nothing short of a dramatic change in direction will put the shine back on our Golden State.”

Pugno points to the state’s out-of-control deficit spending, over-regulation that is strangling small businesses and the increasing burden of funding overly-generous pensions at the expense of education and public safety as issues he’ll tackle if elected.

“We can send anyone downtown to push the red or green voting buttons on the Assembly floor,” Pugno said. “But that’s not enough. We need a warrior who will fight for bold and common sense solutions.”

Immediately after announcing his candidacy, Pugno called on his Republican opponent, incumbent Beth Gaines, to sign a groundbreaking pledge to unite the Republican Party after the primary election in June.

“The primary election is the time for competition between the candidates and giving the voters more choices,” Pugno said. “But as a result of the new rules under which the top two vote-getters advance to the general election in November, there is a possibility of two Republicans facing off in this district.

“We don’t need Republicans beating each other up in the November election. So I pledge that in the November election I will support whichever Republican candidate comes out on top in the June primary election. And I ask my Republican opponent to join me in pledging to do the same,” said Pugno.

“People are sick and tired of politics as usual. We need leaders who will work for the people they represent, not for their own personal gain. Agreeing to support the top vote-getting Republican so as to avoid a fight between Republicans in the November election is an obvious way of honoring the will of the voters who pick their standard bearer in the primary election,” he added. “I hope my opponent will join me in committing to honor the wishes of the voters in June.”

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The 6th Assembly District encompasses the cities of Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Lincoln, Loomis, Orangevale, Rocklin and Roseville and portions of El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento counties.

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