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Democrat Announces Bid For Local Congressional Seat

Attorney Michael Williamson formally announced his candidacy Friday.

A Democrat has announced he will make a run for the 42nd Congressional District, which includes Murrieta, in 2012.

Michael Williamson formally announced his candidacy today.

According to his announcement, his priorities, if elected, are the economy, jobs, small business, lower taxes, national and local public safety and enforcement of illegal immigration laws.

Speaking by phone Friday morning, Williamson said the economy is first and foremost on his mind.

"The economy and jobs in California have got to be the focus," he said, saying that making it easier for small businesses to thrive in the region is key.

Wiliamson, who lives in Mission Viejo -- and is therefore running outside his home district -- said he is very familiar with the issues affecting what will be the 42nd District. (See attached district map to view the boundary lines per redistricting.)

"I spend a great deal of time in the area and am pretty well networked there. As an attorney, I represent the Riverside Sheriffs' Association. I am familiar with the issues of the region," he said.

Williamson served in the U.S. Marine Corp and is a retired L.A.P.D. sergeant. He is a practicing lawyer and teaches criminal justice at the community college level. 

Although he is a Democrat, Williamson said he was a registered Republican for "years and years." He switched parties when he began thinking about running for political office. In 2010, he made a bid for Congress in what is currently the 42nd District, which includes swaths of Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. He lost the race to Republican incumbent Gary Miller.

Williamson describes himself as a conservative with moderate views on social issues. He said he's pro life, "actually, I'm pro law," he said, citing his support for the legal system, which includes the Roe v. Wade decision. He also supports same-sex marriage and gays in the military.

"I don't care one way or the other," he said.

Those views, however, don't play well with Republicans.

"You can't win [as a Republican] with those views," he said.

Williamson admits he's not a textbook Democrat though. He touts conservative ideals, such as a tough stance on illegal immigration. 

"I'd like to see immigration laws enforced," he said, but explained he wants to see reform that paves the way for legal immigration.

"I don't tow either party line," he said, which he thinks could be an advantage. "I could be a bridge" in what is currently a highly partisan political environment.

In the meantime, Williamson said he is taking the plunge one step at a time and will test the waters without a big war chest to rely on.

At this point in the race, Williamson will be taking on Congressman Ken Calvert (R-Corona), who currently represents the 44th District. 

Currently, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, and Congressman Darrell Issa R-Vista, represent Murrieta. However, under redistricting, Issa, if re-elected this year, would represent the 50th Congressional District, which includes much of Temecula and North County San Diego. Mack, if re-elected, would represent the 36th District that encompasses Hemet, the desert cities of Riverside County and picks up Banning and Beaumont.

Candidates wishing to make a run for the congressional seat have until March 9 to meet the signature filing deadline.

Quincy January 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Francis - you're ignorant and filled with hate. It's painfully obvious after reading your comment that you have a very low IQ. I suggest you go back to school and learn how to use grammar and punctuation.
Tonto January 21, 2012 at 04:59 PM
You don't need to warn a bunch of cheating democrats who are helping illegals to vote Francis. They know exactly what they are doing and salivating at stealing more taxes :) Oblamer is a communist and pushing ahead with all you describe. Gut the military and raise taxes. Then funnel the money to union goons and bankrupt liberal cities and states. Blame the rich for the destruction of the country. Right on schedule.
Delaware Bob January 21, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Nice to read that a democrat will get immigration laws enforced. I am proud of him and wish I could vote for him. Illegal aliens have NO RIGHT to be in this country, The ones who don't have our jobs are using this country as a welfare country wth their anchor babies, (illegal alien children). Time to get them out of this country. ALL OF THEM!
Tonto January 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Do something about it - www.buildtheborderfence.com
Truth September 05, 2012 at 06:37 AM
Please consider doing some research. You can start with michaelwilliamson.net to view his political positions. Williamson is not a supporter of illegal immigration. He is of sound moral character while the opposition has a criminal record.


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