Ken Vogel says he’ll run for California’s 12th Assembly District once he’s termed out as San Joaquin County supervisor at the end of 2014.
Vogel, though, will pursue the position in 2016, not 2014, in order to avoid challenging current 12th District Assemblywoman Kristen Olsen, R-Modesto.
Vogel, 68, calls the district “a good fit” for him.
Water, agriculture, public safety and education are issues that will continue to plague the area for years to come, and Vogel, a Linden cherry and walnut farmer and former educator, says his background makes him suited to tackle those problems.
“I’m still vitally interested in those subjects, in those issues,” he said. “Agriculture is important there. The water issues are important, not only in the delta but in the eastern part of the valley because a lot of water comes from that area. I thought that’d be a good fit for me.”
Vogel, whose career in education spans nearly four decades, previously served on the Linden Unified school board and retired as principal of Wagner-Holt Elementary School in 2004.
Vogel, who was elected supervisor in 2006 and is currently serving in his second term, is in his second year as chairman of the board. He presides over the county’s fourth district, which incorporates much of the 12th Assembly District.
Inside the district’s borders, which includes an eastern portion of San Joaquin County, are Escalon, Ripon Manteca, Lathrop, as well as Stanislaus County cities Oakdale, Riverbank, Turlock, Salida and part of Modesto.
Vogel said he’s prepared to tackle state issues since many local situations he’s faced as a supervisor originate from the state level.
Vogel added that one reason he wants to run for assemblyman is to protect local businesses and farmers. He said that 22 different state agencies could fine businesses and farmers for violating just one of the numerous regulations.
“Is everything they’re doing necessary?” he said. “I’m not a person who thinks I’m going to change the world. But if you can make a difference for the right reasons, that’s what I’m looking for.”
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