Although the 13th Assembly District doesn't cover a large population of the Lodi area, voters in Morada and rural areas west of Lodi will find the four candidates on their ballot in the June primary election.
There were five candidates, but Democrat Xochitl Paderes dropped out of the race last week due to personal reasons. That leaves two Democrats and two Republicans competing in next Tuesday's primary election.
The two top vote-getters, regardless of party, will compete for the seat in November's general election.
In the Lodi area, the 13th District includes Flag City, Terminous and Thornton, plus the area west of Thornton Road between Turner Road and Highway 12.
The district, formed last year by the California Citizens Redistricting Commission, also includes most of Stockton and Tracy, but it doesn't include Lodi, Lathrop, Manteca, Ripon or areas of San Joaquin County east of Highway 99. The registration within the district is 47.7 percent Democrat and 33.8 percent Republican.
Here are the candidates:
Residence: Stockton; grew up in Acampo and attended Lodi High School.
Career: Retired registered nurse for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Reason for running: Because Democrat Susan Eggman is too liberal for her tastes.
Issues: Opposes Planned Parenthood, opposes taxes and fees. ("I would vote 'no' on everything.")
Education: Bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in social work from California State University, Stanislaus; doctorate from Portland State University.
Career: Stockton City Council member; associate professor of socal work, California State University, Sacramento.
Issues: Jobs through "green" energy; work with businesses and public agencies to make regulation work for the economy, not against it; support agri-tourism; oppose moving convicts from state prison to local county jails until local government has the money to incarcerate them.
Contact: 209-937-0558, email@example.com.
K. 'Jeffrey' Jafri
Career: Has farmed more than 200 acres of walnuts, grapes, plums, cherries and vegetables in San Joaquin County since 1982; engineer for California Department of Water Resources, where he worked to distribute water to cities and counties; sold tons of wheat and potatoes to foreign countries.
Education: Engineering graduate at San Joaquin Delta College and San Jose State University.
Issues: Attract federally funded programs for economic development to San Joaquin County; attract foreign investment in high tech and agriculture; limit fees and tax increases to "essential" services.
C. Jennett Stebbins
Career: Real estate broker at Women's Realty in Stockton.
Education: Studied sociology and criminology at University of La Verne.
Issues: Work with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to bring about juvenile justice and prison reform; fund child care and in-home support services for seniors; streamline and eliminate red tape for business enterprises to succeed in California; ability for Legislature to approve taxes and budgets by a simple majority.
Website: www.facebook.com/c.jen-net.stebbins; no campaign website.
Contact reporter Ross Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.