Three Run for State Assembly, Two State Measures Proposed

Ing, Chau, and Lin run for state assembly while voters can vote for or against Props 28 and 29.

Written by AMY FAN / Published on May 25, 2012

Temple City voters go to the polls in less than two weeks for the June 5 primary election.

Voters will choose among three candidates running for the 49th assembly district, which Temple City is now a part of due to redistricting.

Additionally, voters will choose whether to approve or deny two statewide propositions on the ballot.

The candidates for the 49th assembly district are Edwin Chau, Mitchell Ing, and Dr. Matthew Lin. All three are vying to serve as Temple City’s representative to the Assembly. Assembly Member Anthony Portantino cannot run again due to term limits.

There are two Democrats, Chau and Ing, while Lin is the lone Republican.

This year, the primary election will be conducted under California’s new open primary rules. The top-two candidates from June 5 will advance to the general election.

Chau is a Montebello Unified School District Board Member and an attorney. He states that he will “fight for working families, education, jobs, health care, and the environment.”

Democrat Ing is a Monterey Park council member and banker, who promises to focus on “balancing the budget, stopping university tuition from doubling, reforming California’s pension system, and stopping corruption in local governments.”

As for Lin, a surgeon, business owner, and past San Marino mayor, he hopes to “create jobs, provide quality education, reform healthcare and balance the budget.”

In addition to the Assembly race, voters will consider reforming term limits (Prop. 28) and additional taxes on cigarettes (Prop. 29).

Proposition 28 reforms current term limits by allowing future legislators to serve up to 12 years in either the Assembly or Senate.

Proposition 29 imposes an additional dollar tax on cigarettes. Proponents say that approval of the measure would reduce smoking and raise money for tobacco prevention programs. However, opponents say that the money raised will go outside of California and not help Californians.

The last day to register to vote in the primary election was Monday, May 21.

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