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Julie Elmen: Bateson a leader with integrity

Bateson is best choice to represent in Congress

Regina Bateson grew up in our district, attended public schools, and is raising her family here. She knows we need a Congresswoman who will truly listen and stand up for what is right.

Bateson's resume is ironclad and impressive. A recognized authority on military affairs, she joined the State Department after 9/11, working to keep our country safe, and later returning home to teach the next generation of leaders.

Regina will be the only member of Congress with firsthand experience on the frontlines of our immigration system. She led the Fraud Prevention Unit at the US Embassy in Guatemala City, has issued and denied over 10,000 visas, and understands the importance of enforcing immigration laws and maintaining a secure border.

Bateson is a Spanish-English interpreter with over a decade of experience working with Spanish-speaking immigrants in the US. We need a fair immigration system, and Regina is uniquely qualified to get us there. She will push to pass a clean DREAM Act and fight for comprehensive bipartisan immigration reform. Bateson is a pragmatic problem-solver who cares deeply about issues that impact District 4.

She believes it is unconscionable that the President and Congress are sabotaging health insurance markets; knows climate change poses a threat to our district's natural beauty; sees small businesses as critical to our local economy; and knows we need smart housing solutions for local employees. She pledges to hold 10 town halls a year, and started early with a Granite Bay Town Hall on April 29.

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"I love answering hard questions," she said. "I'm all about transparency and accountability. Voters should demand nothing less of their candidates and elected officials."

In fact, Bateson is running for Congress because she sees incumbent Rep. Tom McClintock as out of touch with the community. Regina has the most grassroots support in the district, has taken no PAC money and ranks fourth among all House Congressional candidates in donations from women.

Regina Bateson will work in Congress for our families, our community and our country.

Julie Elmen

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