November 3, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Four years after winning election to replace his father in the House of Representatives, what sort of record has Congressman Duncan D. Hunter amassed in Washington? To help voters assess Rep. Hunter’s two terms, ECM has taken a look at his voting record, legislation, campaign finances, campaign promises, and ratings from a variety of interest groups ranging from senior citizens, women and immigrant groups to business groups, educators, labor, gun rights, environmental, and veterans organizations.
Hunter refused to participate in any debates against his opponent, David Secor since the primary election. Secor interviewed with ECM and asserts that Hunter has ignored the needs of middle class voters and those who struggling in his district, also taking extreme stances on women's and senior's issues.
Hunter, a combat veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, failed to respond to interview requests from ECM and other prominent East County media. He also failed to provide information to the League of Women Voters for its nonpartisan SmartVoter site. He has not held a single live town hall meeting in his district . Locally, his appearances have been largely restricted to Chamber of Commerce and Tea Party events, as well as Republican fundraisers.
Below is the information on his record that we’ve compiled based on nonpartisan independent sources and his own legislative office.
HUNTER CANCELS ONLY DEBATE, SECOR ACCUSES CONGRESSMAN OF HIDING FROM VOTERS TO MASK "EXTREMIST" POSITIONS
Secor to host town hall forum Oct. 23 to field questions directly from voters, challenges Hunter to show up
UPDATE: Location of the forum has changed due to a car damaging the original venue. The town hall will be held at the Escondido Library, 239 S. Kalmia Street in Escondido.
"No voter's question should go unanswered," said Secor, who invites voters to email questions to him at David@DavidSecorforCongress.com. The event will be filmed, and the video posted at www.DavidSecorforCongress.com
East County wind projects among hot topics discussed by candidates for Congress, Assembly and Mayor
Story by Miriam Raftery, videos by Paul Kruze
View ECM’s videos from the San Diego Green Candidates Forum:
October 14, 2012 (San Diego)—November's election has big impacts for our region, our nation and our world--with San Diego poised to be a leader in the emerging green economy.
Should our region’s needs be met by rooftop solar or industrial wind projects in our backcountry? Should the San Onofre nuclear reactors be shut down? How can we fuel San Diego’s economy and create green jobs? In what ways should transportation and water issues be addressed—and what about global climate change? These were among the topics of lively discussion at the San Diego Green Candidates forum on October 4, where candidates for Congress, Assembly, Mayor and Supervisor shared their ideas on these important issues and more.
By David Secor, candidate, 50th Congressional District
October 12, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)--For women, and men who love them, their choice for Congress in District 50 could not be more important. Our Congressman, Duncan D. Hunter, is committed to denying basic rights to women, our daughters and granddaughters. Rights won after over a century of struggle.
This “Duncan Hunter” is the son of Duncan Hunter, well-known former Congressman. Unlike his father, this Duncan Hunter is not a real Republican, but an extremist ideologue bent on making his very personal religious views into federal law.
By Carolyn McGraw, AllVoices.com
October 9, 2012 -- A real life David-and-Goliath battle is heating up in California’s newly formed 50th Congressional District. Republican incumbent, Rep. Duncan D. Hunter (photo, right), is facing off against first-time political candidate, Democrat David Secor (photo, left). The race is defined by large disparities in campaign finances and widely differing policy positions.
Hunter and Secor hold vastly different views on Social Security, Medicare, Roe v. Wade, access to birth control and other social issues which typify the divide between the Republican and Democratic parties. Among the most important economic issues on which the two candidates hold different opinions are policy differences surrounding family planning options, birth control and Roe v. Wade.
By Nadin Abbott
September 24, 2012 (San Diego)--The mood was tense as people from multiple walks of life and political views filed into San Diego City Chambers. Among them was Republican Santee Councilman Jack Dale and Democrat David Secor, candidate for U.S. Congress for the 50th district. Both Dale and Secor came to oppose the Quail Brush gas-fired power plant.
So did Massada Disenhouse, activist for the Sierra Club and Martha Sullivan, a former California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) employee, and many others.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter has dodged a series of debates with his four opponents vying for the 50th Congressional District seat—with one exception. He showed up at a conservative Tea Party candidate forum in Ramona on May 19. Now Democrat David Secor has released a full video of Hunter’s remarks, along with a barbed critique.
“He clearly does not know history or economics,” said Secor, who cited several examples. “He also said quite clearly that he was not interested in the views of his constituents in the district, that he voted “his conscience,” and that if voters didn’t like it they should vote him out of office. That was the only part of his diatribe that I completely agreed with.”
View the video, at this link, and scroll down to see Secor’s commentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg9cKKN5XnU
Still have an absentee ballot? You can drop it off at any polling place.
By Miriam Raftery
June 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- In the final days and hours before the election, East County candidates have been pounding the pavement and blitzing cyberspace in the push to get their messages out. So have backers and opponents of ballot propositions.
At Viejas, the tribal council donated space for phone bank volunteers to make calls in support of Prop H, an Alpine school bond measure.
79th Assembly candidate Mary England, a Republican, spent this morning waving at morning commuters with an entourage of sign-toting supporters.
Saldaña wins endorsement after impassioned pledge to fight for women’s rights; Secor gains unanimous support
By Miriam Raftery
March 8, 2012 (La Mesa) – The largest Democratic Club in East County last night heard from candidates running for Congress, State Legislature, and local offices before holding endorsement votes.
Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña received overwhelming endorsement over ex-Council president Scott Peters by a 48-7 vote. Both are running in the new 52nd Congressional District against incumbent Republican Brian Bilbray.
By Miriam Raftery
February 12, 2012 (San Diego) – At this weekend’s California Democratic Convention, the statewide party issued pre-primary endorsements in three Congressional races but declined to make an early endorsement in two other races.
February 1, 2012 (Alpine)—Democratic, Republican and Libertarian candidates running against incumbent Congressman Duncan Hunter will be squaring off at a candidate forum on Saturday, February 4 at 1 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center, 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine.
Dozens of toys, hundreds of dollars donated for East County Toy & Food Drive
December 15, 2011 (La Mesa)—Thanks to all of our generous guests , sponsors, and VIP visitors who made this year’s East County Magazine holiday party very merry indeed! As always, we invited community leaders and officials in all parties, plus other special guests.
Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego), whose district will soon include much of East County, joined the festivities. Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) sent Assembly commendations for our award-winning writers and photographers. Santa and Mrs. Claus heard children’s Christmas wishes, while an elf handed out prizes.
December 7, 2011 (Ramona)-- East County residents will have the opportunity to meet and ask questions of three candidates running against Congressman Duncan Hunter at a town hall meeting on Wednesday, December 7 at 6 p.m. in the Ramona Library, 1275 Main Street in Ramona . The three candidates are David Secor (D), Terri Linnell (R), and Connie Frankowiak (D).
By David Secor, Candidate for 50th Congressional District
Editor’s note: Due to technical problems we could not post on Veteran’s Day, but wish to share this moving story now with our readers.
November 14, 2011 (Crest)--On Veterans Day, and on many other days, I remember Corporal Linden Eiler of Charlie Company, 228th Av Bn, 1st Air Cavalry Division. On April 25, 1968, Eiler had volunteered to join a CH-47 Chinook crew in retrieving a UH-1 Huey helicopter that had been shot down during the initial assault into the A Shau Valley in northern South Vietnam.
“WORKING MAN” ENTERS RACE FOR CONGRESS: DAVID SECOR CHALLENGES HUNTER ON JOBS, SOCIAL SECURITY, EAST COUNTY POVERTY AND MORE
By Miriam Raftery
November 9, 2011 (San Diego’s East County) – “I’ve been a working man for 40 years,” says David Secor, a military veteran and resident of Crest who has thrown his hat in the ring as a Democratic candidate for the Congressional seat held currently by Republican Duncan D. Hunter.
“I am running to support the working men and women of this district…to be the representative of all the people in the district and to restore the American dream for all of our citizens.” (View a video of Secor speaking on addressing joblessness: http://www.davidsecorforcongress.com/jobvid.html)