California Association of Political Centrists (CAPC) announces organization

October 18, 2006
Santa Paula News

The California Association of Political Centrists (CAPC) announces it has organized in response to the growing numbers of California voters that feel that their priorities and concerns need to be better served by their elected officials.

The California Association of Political Centrists (CAPC) announces it has organized in response to the growing numbers of California voters that feel that their priorities and concerns need to be better served by their elected officials. The organizers believe that the current government structure is dominated by extremists in the two major political parties, and by legislators in safe elective seats with insufficient accountability.CAPC is a nonpartisan political association that supports candidates and governmental reforms that promote the common good. Its mission is to foster “across the aisle” cooperation and true representation of the voting majority viewpoint at the local and state level.CAPC believes it is the duty of government representatives to work with fellow elected officials at all levels for the public good. CAPC is dedicated to supporting candidates and legislation that provides reasonable and pragmatic solutions to the myriad of issues currently facing Californians. It supports needed government reform such as open primaries and redistricting.CAPC is opposed to the undue influence of special interest groups in the making of public policy.Leslie Cornejo, CAPC chairman, is pleased and honored that so many local Ventura County community leaders have joined her in the CAPC mission. Cornejo states, “Clearly, there are many Californians that are frustrated by the excessively partisan battles over issues that affect all our lives. We’ve nearly lost all civility and reason in politics. Now the centrist Republicans, the centrist Democrats, and many decline-to-state voters have an association for cooperation and information, and have the numbers to ultimately dominate politics in California.”
Katie Teague, president of the Ventura County chapter, believes that CAPC will provide a mechanism for Ventura County voters to make intelligent choices regarding their candidates. She believes that the “public needs a voice which isn’t being supported by the current political structures,” and that “CAPC will encourage better candidate selection by focusing on the wide political center instead of the marginal extremes.”She believes that CAPC will have a positive impact on the 2007/2008 election cycle for Ventura County representation locally and in Sacramento. “The 2008 election and events leading up to it promise to be very interesting times, not only for political junkies like me, but for everyone newly involved in the process.”CAPC endorses candidates that support the mission statement and are interested in the welfare and improvement of the quality of life in California. CAPC will be making endorsements for this year’s election cycle at the local level, focusing primarily on the nonpartisan races.CAPC endorsements for this year’s November 7, 2006 election include: Bob Taylor, Camarillo City Council; Peggy Buckles, Conejo Valley Unified School District, Board Member; Pat Phelps, Conejo Valley Unified School District, Board Member; Tim Stephens, Conejo Valley Unified School District, Board Member; John Alamillo, Pleasant Valley School Board, Trustee; Kim Stephenson, Pleasant Valley School Board, Trustee; Rick Cook, Santa Paula City Council; Randy Sundeen, Simi Valley Unified School District, Board Member; Charles Watson, Ventura County Board of Education, Area 1 Board Member; Donna Prenta, Ventura County Board of Education, Area 4 Board Member; Meredith McKenzie, Ventura County Community College District, Area 1 Trustee; and Cheryl Heitmann, Ventura County Community College District, Area 2 Trustee.



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