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Monday, May 19 2014 12:21 PM

'First Look': 32nd Assembly candidate Agbalog takes on state's future, more

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    32nd Assembly District candidate Romeo Agbalog, left, talks about his goals for the district with Californian Executive Editor Robert Price, center, and government reporter Theo Douglas on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Romeo Agbalog said he is concerned with California's future. As a father of five and a school board member responsible for 8,000 students, Agbalog took that fundamental concern and decided to use it as his fuel for the 32nd Assembly District race.

Republican Agbalog works for state Sen. Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, and is a Delano Union School District trustee.

"We look at the valley, we are in desperate need of water, jobs are going away and we have a high-speed rail project that threatens to bankrupt future generations," Agbalog said Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

"I would like to go to Sacramento and be the guy who puts his hand up and says stop."

Agbalog is in the race with Republican Pedro Rios and current 32nd District Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield.

HIGH-SPEED RAIL

If Agbalog were to win the race, he said he would aggressively campaign against the high-speed rail project.

"The business plan is flawed, the cost continues to escalate and we can't afford it," he said.

The state needs to reprioritize and use that money for water infrastructure, schools and roads, Agbalog added.

FRACKING AND WATER

Kern County has a long history in the oil industry and Agbalog does not see a problem with fracking.

"The oil industry is the only industry that has potential to grow even more," the candidate said. "If you have more regulations, you will stifle growth and we need the jobs."

With seven proposed water bonds currently in the legislature, Agbalog said he supports Sen. Andy Vidak, R-Hanford, and his SB 927.

Agbalog said his list of priorities for the drought in the state is water storage, conveyance and clean water.

Candidate Rios was scheduled to come on the "First Look" Monday but was unable to make it. Salas is scheduled to visit after the primary election.

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