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Wednesday, May 15 2013 09:35 AM

'First Look': 16th District candidate Vidak pitches run

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    By Michael Fagans / The Californian

    Candidate for the 16th state Senate District seat, Republican Andy Vidak.

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    By Alex Horvath / The Californian

    Andy Vidak is running for the 16th Senate District and was interviewed by The Californian editorial board.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

"It's jobs, jobs, jobs." That's the biggest issue driving 16th District Senate candidate Andy Vidak's campaign, he said Wednesday on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The Hanford cherry farmer, joining the simulcast by phone, says new industry can come to the area with reliable water and energy. Vidak said he's working to make those topics relevant to even those who don't work in those two industries. What if, he asked, your energy bill keeps rising?

Host Scott Cox asked the Republican what he thinks of Democrat Leticia Perez's proposal to raise the minimum wage.

"You can't just raise the minimum wage and think that will make things better," Vidak said.

Vidak said he's spent most of his working life as an employee, and now that makes him a better employer.

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

"We're working hard, and upbeat, and there's not many hours left in this thing," Vidak said.

Cox asked Vidak what he thinks of a Catholic-themed mailer sent by Perez's campaign that shows the Virgen de Guadalupe, for which Perez has apologized.

Vidak said, "I just have to focus on what my campaign is doing."

He said his first order of business, if elected, is to get to Sacramento, meet people and build relationships. He also said the "other side" will need to move more to the middle to get work accomplished.

Asked about The Californian's editorial board endorsement, which he received, Vidak said, "Our biggest endorsement is going to be the individual voter."

Each 16th Senate District candidate is slated to appear on the simulcast this week. However, Perez canceled her appearance.

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