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49th Assembly District Candidates Use Taxes To Target Majority-Asian District

Angela Blakely |
September 18, 2012 | 9:28 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

The race for the 49th Assembly District appears to be is heating up, as Democrat Edwin Chau and Republican Matthew Lin have started campaigning aggressively in the San Gabriel Valley.

Lin, a former San Marino mayor, came in first int the June primary with 52 percent of the vote. He has been focusing on emphasizing his independence from political interests.

Chau, a longtime board member for the Montebello Unified School District, came in second place in the June primaries, at 35 percent. He has been endorsed by incumbent Mike Eng.

Both candidates are trying to differentiate themselves from the other as the November election comes closer, and that was clearly seen in a recent debate held last week, when it came to the issue of taxes.

Chau openly supported Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed tax increase, Proposition 30.

Lin, on the other hand, doesn’t support Brown’s proposed tax hikes. Instead, Lin supports tax incentives for businesses to stay in the area.

District 49 is the only majority-Asian district in California, and it remains to be seen which candidates’ values will prove more important to voters.


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