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Two in the running for State Senate District 40

Karen Ossenfort

Special to the Village News

Joseph C. Rocha

Joseph C. Rocha is an Escondido resident and veteran of the USNavy, and also the USMarine Corps. And he is running for the State Senate District 40.

Hailing from an immigrant family, who came to California by way of Mexico in the 1960s, he joined the Navy by his 18th birthday and he was given a dog to train and handle to detect bombs in the middle east.

After the Navy, he attended colleges studying law. He became a prosecutor. Shortly thereafter, his dedication to the nation and the military came true when he became a USMC Captain.

"I'm committed to ensuring California's best days are ahead. I will work every day to help San Diego County working families get ahead. Let's work together to create the future we want for generations to come.

He wants to create more jobs. "Too many working people in San Diego County struggle to make ends meet with one job alone. I will focus on creating jobs that lift families into the middle class, and ensuring that everyone working full time can support themselves and their family. I'll work to bring home the resources needed to improve our community's families' economic well-being."

Rocha wants to fix housing struggles. "We need common-sense solutions to ensure every family can make their rent and mortgage payments. I will focus on resources that help families remain in their homes, ending discrimination in the housing process, expanding access to first-time homebuyer loans, and investing in smarter community development."

Brian W. Jones

Brian W. Jones is a resident of Santee. He is running for State Senate District 40.

He's been in San Diego County since he was 10 years old.

Jones said, "Like most Californians, I worked tirelessly my entire life."

Brian joined his father in working on the assembly line for a door and trim company at 12 years old. He then worked at a local pizza franchise throughout college and eventually moved into the franchise's management program.

After college, he pursued many career paths, including launching his own carpet cleaning business and selling cars and motorcycles. Driven by his devotion to his faith community, Brian became a pastor and a general manager for a national ministry headquartered in Santee. Seeing the challenges the faith community experienced with California's bureaucracy, Brian transitioned into commercial real estate, where he assisted churches with navigating through land-use issues.

Determined to improve the quality of life in his community, Jones said he first found his passion for public service as a Santee City Council Member from 2002-2010 and then again from 2017-2018. He then went on to the state level when he was elected to represent California's 77th Assembly District from 2010-2012 and California's 71st Assembly District from 2012-2016. In 2018, Brian was elected to represent California's 38th Senate District.

Jones believes he is a leader in lowering taxes and the cost of living for all Californians. For example, he explains, he pressured Sacramento politicians for months to suspend the gas tax and bring immediate relief at the pump. He believes in creating an economic environment for small businesses to thrive and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"When EDD wouldn't answer their phones during the pandemic, Brian Jones's my Senate Office helped more than 2,500 families claim the unemployment benefits they were entitled to receive.

He also says he shares the communities' concerns about rising crime and is dedicated to keeping our communities safe from criminals like sexually violent predators.

Jone's persistent efforts to lower taxes, lower the cost of living, and reduce regulations on small businesses have earned him consistent top ratings from: The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, The California Taxpayers Association, The National Federation of Independent Businesses, and The California Chamber of Commerce.


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