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Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:45 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

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:

Dolores Cooper

Party: Republican.

Age: 69.

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.")

Website: www.dolorescooper.com

Contact: cooper4assembly13.2012@g-mail.com.

Susan Eggman

Party: Democrat.

Age: 51.

Residence: Stockton.

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.

Website: www.susaneggman.com.

Contact: 209-937-0558, info@susaneggman.com.

K. 'Jeffrey' Jafri

Party: Republican.

Age: 67.

Residence: Stockton.

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.

Website: None.

Contact: khjafri@aol.com.

C. Jennett Stebbins

Party: Democrat.

Age: Unknown.

Residence: Manteca.

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: womensreality@yahoo.com.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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  • Ross Farrow posted at 2:57 pm on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    Dolores: Thank you for bringing your website address to my attention. I must have missed it. I just corrected it and inserted the address.

  • Dolores Cooper posted at 1:09 pm on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    Dolores Cooper Posts: 1

    I am still working part time for the California Department of Corrections as an RN. I do have a website for review at www.DoloresCooper.com, and I am running for AD 13 because the decisions made in Sacramento have been harmful to the citizens of this state for over 30 years. Sanity in voting must be restored. Most liberals have never had a real job or owned a business. Their career has been in sucking off the state and they are destroying it. I will read every bill, and I will vote NO on any measure that hurts business, farmers, citizens, and I will vote NO on any tax or fee increase. I will look for taxes and fees to eliminate!!

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 1:05 pm on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    We need some fresh faces in our government. I am sure Jafri is a very nice person, but if I see one person running that is from a government agency, I'm running away FAST! And we see what Eggman has helped do to the city of Stockton, with all of thier Green consultant waste (even in this very turbulent time, they just signed on ANOTHER Green persona for $165,000.00!) So let Eggman go up to Sacramento and join the other loonies at the Capitol? ANd help drive the nail in the coffin of this state? We have seen nothing yet, as to the ramifications of AB32 and SB375. No thank you, Cooper has my vote.

  • Laurie Wallace posted at 11:42 am on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    WallyWorld Posts: 7

    I agree, Kim, get the government out of business! All it does is mess it up, offer money with strings attached....and green = shutting business down. More regulation, more fines, more control by government telling these farmers how much dirt they can move on their own land...

  • Laurie Wallace posted at 11:35 am on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    WallyWorld Posts: 7

    The writer of this article doesn't seem to be current with Dolores' information...her website is www.dolorescooper.com, and she talks about many other issues as she addresses groups locally. She is against CARB (CA Air Resources Board) shutting down trucking and farming through insane regulations; she is against higher taxes for more government programs. She is for a prosperous California. She has seen the massive waste of state taxpayer dollars in the prison system, paying for hormone shots for inmates who think they should have been born women...we are paying 500-800 per month, per inmate. There are 33 prisons. She is not a politician, this is her first time running, to get more sane people in the CA government.

  • Kim Parigoris posted at 9:59 am on Wed, May 30, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 469

    Red flag- Jafri "Attract federally funded programs for economic development to San Joaquin County" More tax dollars trying to prop up private enterprise..

    Double Red Flag- Eggman- Jobs through "green" energy; (RUN, DON'T WALK!) work with businesses and public agencies to make regulation work for the economy, not against it - THAT is an oxymoron- not possible..



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