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Monday, May 13 2013 09:22 AM

'First Look': 16th District candidate Arif pitches candidacy

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    Mohammad Arif, one of five candidates for the 16th District Senate seat, talks about his run for the seat on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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Repeating the mantra "people are power," 16th Senate District candidate Mohammad Arif pitched his candidacy Monday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

Arif, a Peace and Freedom candidate, says he is concerned about people in the district, who he said are neglected, poor and in need. He said he "will work for the people."

The candidate said he is concerned about the large number of people in the district who are unemployed or underemployed. He's talked to lots of people, he said, who can't get jobs because of what he called minor mistakes in their past. He said college degrees are "no good" if you don't have a job.

"I am concerned about my district. They are poor people," Arif told host Scott Cox.

Cox asked Arif what he though of Democratic candidate Leticia Perez's proposal to raise the minimum wage.

For his part, Arif said he does not think it will make a difference because people either don't have jobs, or enough work.

On other issues, Arif said he is in favor of high-speed rail and believes it will benefit the poor. He said he's against three strikes.

Arif, an immigrant rights organizer, said that if he wins the seat he will donate 75 percent of his salary to immigrant rights organizations.

The special election to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Michael Rubio is May 21.

Each candidate for the seat is scheduled to appear on "First Look" this week. However, Perez has canceled her appearance.



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