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Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 10:00 pm

Voters in the 3rd Congressional District race have a choice between stark contrasts.

Bill Durston

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.

Dan Lungren

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.

Dina Padilla

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.

Art Tuma

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 glance

Contributions of $4,000 or more

Dan Lungren
Total: $736,050
$7,000, General Dynamics Voluntary Political Contribution Plan
$6,000, Intel Corp.
$5,000, Koch Industries
$5,000, AT&T
$5,000, Honeywell International

Bill Durston
Total: $576,823
$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 candidates

Dina 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 Party
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.

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  • posted at 5:25 pm on Fri, Oct 31, 2008.


    Dogs, EM has to be one of the most volatile stocks out there. If they're making all these profits, it's not reflected in this insane market. Day traders of EM are either getting rich, or going broke on them in October.

  • posted at 2:28 pm on Fri, Oct 31, 2008.


    Well said Cogito, I wish I had some shares of EM, they must pay a good dividned. Your very correct as far as the unions taking your union dues and giving it to someone you don`t support. A perfect example of dirty money. The unions at one time ruled Detroit and the automobile business, not anymore and look what happened to Detroit, the big 3 are no longer. If Obama becomes President there isn`t a damn thing he can do to get Detroit back in the automobile business since they and all move to the southeren part of the US and work just fine without the unions. A fair wadge that all the workers are happy with.

  • posted at 1:27 pm on Fri, Oct 31, 2008.


    I own stock in big oil,so I'm glad their doing well. Nobody is forced to buy gas from Exxon/Mobil. EM just paid more taxes than any corporation in American history. Unions use money taken out of their members paychecks to give to politicians they don't support. That's dirty money.

  • posted at 9:26 am on Fri, Oct 31, 2008.


    So it's OK for Lungren to take money from special interest OIL money. Unions are not all bad.Where do you get your facts? Lungren says he takes from the oil companies and says he would take more if he could.

  • posted at 5:48 am on Fri, Oct 31, 2008.


    Cogito and EJ00114 you have received your instructions from the ref, now go to your cornor`s and come out swinging at the bell. I have never heard to differences of opinion concerning one man. If Durston is involved with as Cogito makes the claim, is in some way dirty with union money, the choice is clear for me, Lundgren by a KO.

  • posted at 4:00 am on Fri, Oct 31, 2008.


    If a paper as liberal as the Bee recommends a candidate as conservative as Lundgren, that should tell you all you need to know about his opposition.

  • posted at 3:56 am on Fri, Oct 31, 2008.


    Durston represents everything I despise in a candidate. The dirty union money is just the icing on the sewage. Lundgren gets my entire families vote.

  • posted at 1:05 am on Fri, Oct 31, 2008.


    Galt deserves better representation, not Dan Lungren. He is a disgrace to his own party. I have canceled my Sac Bee due to their endorsement of this idiot. Even they couldn't say anything good about the man but support him anyway. The paper was filled with outrage our their choice. Lungren has never been challenged with a stronger candidate until DR Bill Durston entered the race. Durston would represent Galt better an a excellent choice.



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