Temecula voters who just recently began focusing on the general election may be surprised when they don't see Brian Bilbray as the Republican candidate for Congress. Redistricting has changed boundaries significantly. Instead of Mr. Bilbray, the incumbent from District 52, Congressman Duncan Hunter II, (it will just say "Duncan Hunter,") will be on your ballot.
A map of new District 50 is on my website DavidSecorforCongress.com. Voters can zoom in/out and navigate to find their street and which district they're now in. From Temecula, the new District 50 goes south to include Fallbrook, San Marcos and Escondido areas.
Duncan Hunter II may be a stranger, but the name "Duncan Hunter" may not. Hunter II's father reigned over the old District 52 for 28 years. In 2008, the father's seat in Congress was passed on to the son - his first political office.
I'm David Secor, Congressman Hunter II's opponent November 6th. Most people in both major parties don't know me. In 2011, after over 45 years as a working man, I had planned to retire and enjoy my "golden years."
But when the Democratic party did not oppose the latest "Duncan Hunter," I knew it would not be an election on November 6th, but a rubber-stamp, sending another "Duncan Hunter" back to Washington for years 33 and 34. My conscience would not let me rest at the thought of it.
In these most critical times, the people can no longer suffer a bought-and-paid-for politician as their representative. And so, despite the lack of money, no friends or relatives in high places, and despite the odds, I felt compelled to stand up on behalf of the people, and oppose the "Duncan Hunter." I went to the Registrar of Voters and entered the race.
The "Duncan Hunter" Machine has well over $350,000 from PACs alone. I have pledged to NEVER take any PAC, lobbyist, union or party money, and no contributions over $100. (Visit non-partisan site Writeindependent.org for info). Why? The people need to know their representative in Washington is beholden to no special interest, only to his employers. My vote in Congress is NOT FOR SALE at any price.
This election is not simply (R)vs.(D). It's not about who you're voting for, it's about what you're voting for. Voters are the Employers! They expect and deserve to see both applicants for this most important job, their representative in Washington, on the same stage. How else can voters know what they're voting for? Are they supposed to guess? Assume?
What is each applicant's background, his performance both in Congress and life, his views on issues vital to the district and the nation? Congressman Hunter would allow only one public debate. He demanded complete control of the date, location, moderator and format, with no discussion or compromise. It was important that voters see us both, so despite the obvious disadvantage I agreed to his terms.
Today, October 8th, "Duncan Hunter" walked away from the debate, his commitment to me, and his duty to you, his prospective employers. He does not want a debate. And for good reason. He needs this job and doesn't want new voters to find out what they'd be voting for. He's hoping you will blindly vote (R) and let the 32-year-long game continue.
This "Duncan Hunter," and both Democratic and Republican parties say the voters always re-appoint the "Duncan Hunter." You would never vote for one of your own to represent your interests. You can prove them wrong. Do your part to end the dominance of one man's ideology over us all. In the words of the Hopi elders, "We are the people we have been waiting for."