EDITORIAL: Send the best to Congress

Moore, Costa, Valadao, Renteria and Nunes are most qualified candidates.

May 9, 2014 

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Who will best serve the Valley on Capitol Hill?

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Our nation and the San Joaquin Valley need congressional representatives with the smarts and the political courage to tackle difficult challenges such as immigration reform, water availability, job creation and climate change.

We also need representatives who will work across the political aisle to improve Obamacare, which is far from perfect, and ensure that Americans for generations to come will benefit from Medicare and Social Security.

In the June 3 primary election, voters across the Valley will have many choices on their ballots. We recommend businessman and Army National Guard Maj. Art Moore in the 4th District, Rep. Jim Costa in the 16th District, Rep. David Valadao and former U.S. Senate aide Amanda Renteria in the 21st District, and Rep. Devin Nunes in the 22nd District.

Moore, a West Point graduate and a Republican, is far and away the best choice to serve the citizens of the far-flung 4th District, which includes both Lake Tahoe and Yosemite and covers 10 counties -- from Placer to Fresno. Moore says he will fight to bring federal dollars to the district and won't get caught up in silly ideological purity tests such as as the one that shut down the government and harmed gateway communities to Yosemite.

Tom McClintock, the incumbent representative, has been an elected official for nearly three decades -- all the while portraying government as the enemy of the people. Moreover, he is totally ineffective. The sooner he exits Congress, the better for 4th District residents.

Costa, a Democrat, is one of the few members of Congress willing to cross party lines to support legislation benefitting constituents. He has extensive knowledge of farm, water, immigration and air pollution issues. In addition, his staunch support for high-speed rail will soon pay dividends for the Valley and the California economies.

During his first term, Valadao, a Republican, has led efforts within his party to pass immigration reform that will bring millions of undocumented workers out of the shadows and boost the economy.

He also has a leadership role in drought-relief efforts and negotiations to increase water deliveries to Valley growers.

Renteria, a Democrat, is a former aide to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein and chief of staff for Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan.

She offers 21st District voters a candidate with an athlete's competitive drive (she played softball and basketball at Stanford) and experience in bringing opposing sides together on Senate legislation such as the Farm Bill. In addition, she helped craft legislation that saved the Detroit auto industry.

Nunes, a Republican and six-term representative, serves on the House intelligence committee and is chair of the House trade subcommittee. Though usually a lockstep GOP vote, he is an ally of President Obama on free trade and reducing tariffs.

Reflecting his political strength in the heavily GOP district, Nunes faces only token opposition in his race.

We believe the best-qualified candidates are Art Moore in the 4th District, Jim Costa in the 16th, David Valadao and Amanda Renteria in the 21st, and Devin Nunes in the 22nd.

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