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Tuesday, Apr 30 2013 09:52 AM

'First Look': 16th Senate District candidate Ramirez pitches run

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    Francisco Ramirez Jr., a candidate for the 16th District Senate seat, talks about his views Tuesday morning on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Francisco Ramirez Jr., who describes himself as "a very conservative Democrat," discussed his run for the 16th District Senate seat Tuesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

His beliefs: He does not want to increase the minimum wage. He describes himself as pro-life. He said he believes marriage is between one man and one woman. He wants lower taxes and smaller government.

"Tell a friend. If you really believe in my campaign," Ramirez said.

The Riverdale man said he wants to debate the other 16th District Senate candidates again.

Simulcast host Scott Cox told Ramirez he's running against two well-funded and well-organized candidates -- referring to Democrat Leticia Perez of Bakersfield and Republican Andy Vidak of Hanford -- and said some people think he's running to split the Democratic vote with his Hispanic surname. Ramirez dismissed that.

The two also talked about water, with Cox asking Ramirez what he says to farmers about what Cox called the lifeblood of the valley.

"We shouldn't be talking about high speed rail. We should be talking about high speed water," Ramirez said.



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