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Our View: Zink best for state Senate

Posted: September 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 30, 2012 2:00 a.m.

We have looked on the year 2012 as a chance for voters to make some changes in the type of people we choose to lead us in both the state and Washington. Hopefully, electing people who will sincerely try to work things out with the other party and actually get things done will help us greatly. The race for the 27th District state Senate seat presents a perfect opportunity to do this.

In that district, which includes a portion of the Santa Clarita Valley,  Democratic state Sen. Fran Pavley is running against Republican newcomer Todd Zink, a decorated U.S. Marine and current L.A. County deputy district attorney. Both are accomplished in their fields of endeavor. But despite Pavley’s decade in the state Legislature, we feel Zink is the better choice in this race.

During his military service, Zink was part of Iraqi Freedom and was a member of the only reserve infantry battalion to take part in the march to Baghdad. He was a leader of his battalion in Afghanistan. This may just help qualify him to be an effective California state senator. We’re looking for leadership these days in a rudderless Legislature and military leadership experience can’t hurt. He says his military experience has influenced him to “put others before yourself.”

But that’s not the main reason we like Zink. He is a focused, serious candidate who seems genuinely interested in changing the way California legislators do business. He believes that California is failing at the fundamentals and that we need to build a strong foundation by prioritizing education, public safety and a better business climate. He’s a refreshing straight talker who believes politics should be a force of good. Naïve, you may say, but he’s right. And why shouldn’t we elect someone who truly believes that?

He needs to do more homework on some of the issues, but we feel he is willing to learn and is a quick study. What we like is he is not promising to change the world, just focus on some fundamentals and bring a new attitude of cooperation to help out our troubled state.

Pavley seems like a well-meaning legislator who’s unassuming and thoughtful, but she may be too liberal for our area and she brought few new ideas to her interview with us. After a decade in a legislature that has been less than helpful in growing our economy and improving our state’s education system, we feel she may be part of the problem rather than the solution. Her statement at a recent debate with Zink that the Legislature really hasn’t been as bad as everyone has made it out to be was troubling.

Zink will be a problem-solver, not an ideologue. His refusal to sign any no-tax pledge is refreshing. We feel he’ll get things done, not just carry the party line.


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