The Redlands Community News asked the candidates in the 23rd state Senate District, which includes Highland, to explain why they should be elected. Here are their responses in their own words.
My reason to run for the California State Senate District 23 has been, to a great degree, personal. We have deep family roots in the Inland Empire, between 60 and 80 years. During this time our families have worked, raised children, attended local schools and opened businesses. Yet, I’ve witnessed the quality of life for many diminish, causing people to lose hope in the American Dream.
California is broken. As a businesswoman, former teacher, school board member, wife and mother, I want to bring my knowledge, skill sets, such as my ability to build bridges and unify people on common ground to bring progress to our communities. There is a lot of rebuilding that needs to be done to improve education, health, businesses and morale in California.
Our community is facing several serious issues, not to mention recent events, that are making it harder and harder to attain the high quality of life that we have all worked so hard to achieve, including housing affordability, increased homelessness, cost of living and public safety problems.
These problems cannot be solved simply through higher taxes, more regulations and government-funded programs dictated by Sacramento.
We have had a one-party majority, and currently a supermajority Democrat leadership in Sacramento for pretty much the past 40 years. Their unnecessary regulations, high taxes and poor policy decisions have held us back for too long. I am ready to advocate for the Inland Empire, it’s our home, and I want all of us here to enjoy a more dignified quality of life.
My heritage, work, faith and gratitude for this country have instilled in me a desire to serve. My personal and professional experiences have helped me realize my deep passion for representing the needs of my fellow citizens and opened my eyes to the larger issues facing the Inland Empire.
These problems need local solutions driven by business owners and community members, vested parties who know what solutions are required for their unique circumstances. And the only way for this to happen is to get government out of the way when possible.
One-party rule in Sacramento has smothered any hope we have of allowing local solutions to these problems. With their insistence on addressing issues through raising taxes and enacting more and more burdensome regulations on business the Democrats have made it challenging for our communities to address the problems we face.
That’s why it is imperative for us to send someone who understands this to Sacramento in 2020 as we work toward bringing balance back to our state Legislature.
As the daughter of immigrant parents that came to our country through legal immigration, and someone who spent part of my childhood living in Mexico I have compassion for people, gratitude for heritage, faith, work and respect for the freedom we have here in America to express our own beliefs.
I have the passion and drive to take on the challenges we face. I am ready and eager to advocate for the Inland Empire and begin redirecting our community to enjoying and achieving the American Dream we all hope for here in the United States.
Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh serves on the Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School Board and is a Republican candidate for the 23rd State Senate District.