Having owned a series of small start-up companies, Elk Grove resident Ed Nemeth plans to focus on finding ways to create jobs.
After graduating with a degree in marketing and finance from Northwestern University's School of Management, Nemeth said he has drafted a variety of business plans. If elected, he plans to open several district offices, including one in Lodi, to work directly with business owners on whatever hurdles they face.
"I want to be close to the marketplace and close to the people," he said. "I can do my job more effectively because I will understand what the real problems are."
Nemeth decided to run because of several issues related to his daughter, Rebecca, who is severely disabled. One of his main frustrations is a push that all kids be vaccinated, even though some of the shots could cause medical complications.
He also has worked in Sacramento to require California to follow federal Medicaid laws. Currently, if a doctor prescribes an effective treatment, he said, the state health care program can still choose to not pay for that treatment. He has seen this happen with his daughter, where treatment has been delayed and then her condition worsens, which ends up costing taxpayers more money in the long run.
"They delay the treatments because they cost a lot of money. My daughter is expensive, but she's a lot more expensive if you delay the care," he said.
When talking with other people in the Assembly, he said, most of them have little or no understanding of the health care system.
"Their eyes glaze over when you are explaining where the medical system is failing," he said.
He has visited Lodi about a dozen times since he announced his election plans, and said he realizes that agricultural issues are going to be a focus. He plans to talk with farmers about solutions for irrigation and to work on issues related to health care costs for migrant workers.