As a member of the first Elk Grove City Council, Sophia Scherman said she knows what it takes to balance a budget.
The two-time mayor decided to run for Assembly because she is frustrated with the number of state programs, and that no one is taking a close look at them.
"We are so far in debt that I don't think we will ever get out if something isn't done. The politicians are spending money that we just don't have," she said.
Scherman said one of her top priorities is increasing the number of trade schools in California because too many people are going into debt at colleges and universities.
"Not every student wants to go to college or can afford to go to college. A lot of them just want to get a job, so trade schools are a great option," she said.
One of her other priorities is to find a way to prevent activists from filing Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits.
"It's making it too difficult for businesses to stay open because an activist comes through town and sues you because your door is two inches too small," she said.
Growing up in Sacramento, Scherman's family regularly visited Lodi, so she understands the importance of a reliable water source, she said.
"They need the water because those people provide the food that we all eat," she said.
Scherman would also like to see the Bracero Program return. The program, which started in the 1940s, allowed skilled Mexican workers to come into the United States to work during harvest and then return to Mexico. She said workers would be able to take advantage of the program for two years and then have to become a citizen.