(Nicole Goss | The Poly Post)

Gavin Newsom clear choice for California’s next governor

Stop us if this sounds familiar. A political outsider is running against a longtime public servant for a position of power.

In 2016, it was Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton. For governor of California, it is John Cox against Gavin Newsom.

The Poly Post Editorial Board believes California should do what the country did not in 2016 and back experience over outsider status. Current Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has the experience.

Newsom has served under Gov. Jerry Brown since 2011 and before that was the mayor of San Francisco from 2004-2011. In 1997, he began his career in politics serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. While the powers of the lieutenant governor in California are limited, Newsom still boasts a more impressive political résumé than Republican challenger John Cox.

Cox has never served in a political office. He ran unsuccessfully for a congressional seat representing Illinois and for president in 2008, not as a serious contender.

Cox has proven his political inexperience during the campaign with some questionable comments.

According to the Los Angeles Times, while visiting a DMV in Sacramento he compared waiting in line to surviving a concentration camp. At a gubernatorial debate, he said the United States should allow legal immigrants “who can pick the fruits and vegetables,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

Cox has also been hypocritical in his criticism of Newsom for an extramarital affair, when KQED and KPCC/LAist reported that Cox also had extramarital affairs during his first marriage, according to released court records. While the Editorial Board is troubled by Newsom’s affair, he acknowledged and apologized for the incident.

In addition to the affair, the Editorial Board has some concerns about Newsom and particularly during his time as Lieutenant Governor.

Part of his responsibilities while in that office include attending board meetings for a number of different policy issues.

One of interest to Cal Poly Pomona students was his duty to sit on the California State Board of Trustees. According to a Los Angeles Times review of his attendance records, Newsom attended just 34 percent of CSU Board of Trustees meetings since 2011.

However, when taking the entire picture of both candidates into consideration, it is clear to the Editorial Board that Newsom’s political experience outweighs his shortcomings. If another candidate with serious political experience was in the running, perhaps our decision would be tighter.

Cox is not that candidate and therefore Newsom is the clear choice for California’s next governor.

A new voice to represent California in U.S. Senate

Senator Dianne Feinstein has served the state of California in the Senate well for 26 years, but it’s time for a new voice to represent the state in Washington, D.C. It is the opinion of The Poly Post Editorial Board that Los Angeles native and former President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate Kevin De León is the new voice the state needs in this difficult and critical point in our nation’s history.

De León was the first of his family to graduate high school and the first to attend college. Although he dropped out of the University of California, Santa Barbara, he started his career in public service soon after, working for One Stop Immigration Center, a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles that assists undocumented immigrants with filling out paperwork and learning English.

He began his career in California government in 2006, winning and holding a seat in the California State Assembly till 2010, when he was elected to the California State Senate. In 2014, De León was elected as President Pro Tempore of the California State Senate. The President Pro Tempore is the leader of the majority party in the Senate and is voted into the position by fellow state senators. His experience in leading Democrats in Sacramento will help his transition to the United States Senate.

Along with his experience in the legislature, De León supports policy positions that benefit students at Cal Poly Pomona. He supports a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for all and free public education.

While Feinstein has been a solid representative for the state during her five terms in the Senate, De León will better represent the Cal Poly Pomona student. His background and heritage are in line with a large portion of this campus’s student body. As of fall 2017, 11,073 out of 25,894 students are of Hispanic or Latino descent according to data compiled by Academic Research and Resources. That’s more than 42.7 percent of the student body.

The demographics of Cal Poly Pomona are similar to the state as a whole. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hispanic or Latino is the largest ethnicity present in the state.

Diversity in Congress is sorely lacking, and a variety of voices have not been heard in the Capital for too long. Because of California’s ethnic makeup, we should be at the forefront of electing candidates of diverse backgrounds to represent us in Washington.

Two years ago, California did just that, electing Kamala Harris to replace the retiring Barbara Boxer. Now, The Post believes California should do the same with De León. Adding to that, De León’s experience in the state Legislature and Feinstein’s advancing age, as she is 85 years old now and will be past 90 by the time her proposed sixth term ends, we believe De León is more in touch with more Californians and should therefore be the one to represent California in the Senate.

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