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Friday, Jul 19 2013 10:44 AM

'First Look': 16th Senate District candidate Vidak talks water, jobs

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    Andy Vidak, the Republican candidate for the 16th Senate District seat, talks on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Andy Vidak, the Republican candidate for the 16th Senate District seat, talked about the importance of water and jobs Friday during an in-studio appearance on "First Look with Scott Cox."

The Hanford cherry farmer faces Democrat and Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez in Tuesday's election.

Vidak took a stab at what he called "recycled politicians," and said people in the district that covers parts of Kern, Tulare and Fresno counties and all of Kings County should vote for him because "this district has been left behind over and over and over."

He cast himself as the candidate who would look out for small business and advocate for good water policy.

"Our common sense message has no party lines," Vidak said.

The candidate said farmers in the Klamath Falls area are still fighting for water, and friends of his have stood in food lines when water was cut off only to get food imported from other countries.

"We've had people at the table, but nothing's gotten better," Vidak said. Farmers, he said, are "hurting."

Simulcast host Scott Cox inquired whether Vidak ever shakes his head and wonders why he's running for the seat vacated by Michael Rubio, who resigned in February for a job with Chevron.

Vidak said the issues are so important, citing protection of Second Amendment rights and local control of education, including the need for more career/tech and vocational opportunities.

A caller to the show asked about Veterans Administration care, and said services should be available in every county.

"We need to go after that," Vidak said.

 

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