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Village News and Valley News Editor-in-Chief endorses Joel Anderson for Senate

I am giving my endorsement for the Republican nomination in the 36th state Senate race to Joel Anderson. I have followed Joel’s career for almost 20 years. I know him to be a solid person and the most effective legislator in the state Assembly. He has been married for 22 years, has great kids and ran his own successful company before seeking public office.

I don’t typically endorse candidates, but the recent smear pieces against Joel in The Press-Enterprise, The San Diego Union-Tribune and The Los Angeles Times have been outrageous and blatantly slanted.

In radio, TV and mail pieces, Joel’s most-visible rival opponent, Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone has accused him of ethical violations. That is laughable politics as usual, and amazing given that Stone was fined by the Fair Political Practices Committee for destroying campaign finance records while he was under investigation. More recently, a taxpayer group filed complaints to the FPPC against Stone. The group alleges at least 41 separate violations that could bring $200,000 in fines.

In typical politics-as-usual style, Stone has made wild accusations against Joel. But I believe voters are smarter than that. The wild allegations are not true, and Joel is supported by statewide law enforcement associations that represent staff at the California Highway Patrol, San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Police Officer’s Research Association of California.

Joel was named Legislator of the Year by the San Diego Deputy District Attorney’s Association and the statewide Sheriff’s Association. Every major tax group is supporting Joel, including Howard Jarvis’s Taxpayer’s Association and Tom McClintock.

As a freshman legislator, Joel introduced the first bill in the nation to divest public pensions from the Islamic Republic of Iran. His law ignited a national movement and led a national talk show host to call him a national hero.

Joel’s never voted for a tax increase.

Joel helped author a law to put more money in the classrooms by allowing schools to retain profits from their used book sales. That pitted him against the lobbying efforts of book sellers.

He co-authored a law with a Democrat to increase the homestead exemption so that people could protect their investment in these hard times.

He’s been endorsed by groups like Crime Victims United of California, the National Rifle Association, the California Republican Veteran’s Association and the California Offroad Vehicle Association.

What I’ve admired the most about Joel is his uncanny ability to reach across the aisle and work with everybody. He does so while maintaining his conservative principles, and he maintains the most conservative voting record and retains the support of every conservative organization in the state. Visit for more information about Joel or his endorsements.


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