Voters in the 3rd Congressional District race have a choice between stark contrasts.
In a rematch of the 2006 election, Democrat Bill Durston is opposing incumbent Republican Dan Lungren for the congressional seat that represents Galt. Both live in Gold River.
Libertarian Douglas Arthur "Art" Tuma, of Antelope, and Peace and Freedom candidate Dina Padilla, of Citrus Heights, are also on the ballot.
Lungren won quite easily two years ago, but this time Durston said he started his campaign much earlier. Tuma has run for Congress every two years since 1998.
Lungren, 62, has represented the district since his election in 2004. He was also a congressman from 1979 to 1989, representing the Long Beach area, and California's attorney general from 1990 to 1998.
The 3rd Congressional District includes parts of Sacramento County and all of Amador, Calaveras, Alpine and Solano counties.
Lungren prides himself as being a conservative who works well with his Democratic colleagues, while labeling Durston as being more liberal than Presidential candidate Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Durston supports the impeachment of President George W. Bush and currently supports universal health care. Although he strongly supports Obama for president, Durston disagrees with Obama's position of sending more troops to Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan.
Lungren said he respects Durston's military service in Vietnam, but said Durston's "can't we all just get along" strategy won't work.
Lungren agrees with General David Petraeus' recommendations for Iraq and Afghanistan, but comes short of giving Petraeus 100-percent authority.
Other views by the major party candidates:
• Health care: Lungren supports Republican presidential candidate John McCain's proposal to give individuals $5,000 to buy their own health care.
Campaign contributions at a glanceContributions of $4,000 or more
$7,000, General Dynamics Voluntary Political Contribution Plan
$6,000, Intel Corp.
$5,000, Koch Industries
$5,000, Honeywell International
$5,000, Sheet Metal Workers International Association
$5,000, Supporters of Engineers Local 3
$4,600, Edward Bubienko, radiology
$4,000, Frank Awender, lab technician
Source: Federal Election Commission, www.fec.gov
Minor-party candidatesDina Padilla, Peace and Freedom Party
Padilla, 62, is a former accountant, lab assistant and medical assistant. On her party's Web site, she focuses on one issue - Workers Compensation reform and her disdain for insurance companies.
Douglas Arthur "Art" Tuma, Libertarian
Tuma, 64, is a retired civil engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Tuma pledges to reduce taxes for all, oppose eminent domain, release federal property private ownership and defend against federal Drug Enforcement Agency raids, property confiscation and incarceration.
Tuma also pledges to improve military intelligence, intervene earlier against attacks by Islamist terrorists and North Korean communists, and restore peace by quick, lasting victory over aggressors with minimal collateral damage.
- News-Sentinel staff
Lungren also wants to allow Californians to scan the entire nation to see what medical insurance plans are available, whether or not the company is licensed in California.
"This way, you can choose the doctor you want and the plan you want. What I don't want lost is quality of health care."
• Immigration: Durston advocates developing a guest worker program so that undocumented workers who do jobs that Americans don't want can enter and exit the United States legally.
Lungren advocates that a fence keeping Mexicans out of the United States be installed at major entrances and a "virtual fence" in lesser-used places. A virtual fence incorporates technology to alert immigration officials if someone is trying to enter the United States, Lungren said.
Lungren has received endorsements from Assemblyman Alan Nakanishi, R-Lodi; Galt City Councilwoman Barbara Payne; State Sen. Dave Cox, R-Fair Oaks, whose district includes Galt; former Gov. George Deukmejian; Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinniss; and Sacramento County Supervisors Roberta MacGlashan and Susan Peters.
Durston's endorsements include Galt Mayor Andrew Meredith; Lt. Gov. John Garamendi; and State Sen. Mike Machado, D-Linden.