Sunday Mar 30 2008
Jones enters 4th District race
By: Jenna Nielsen Journal Staff Writer
The Republican race for the Fourth Congressional District is shuffling once again. Citrus Heights attorney Suzanne Jones has officially filed papers and has announced she will vie for the seat being vacated by Rep. John Doolittle, R-Roseville, who said in January he would not seek a 10th term in Congress. Jones said voters in the Fourth District deserve to be represented by someone who knows and understands the area, and who will bring the perspective and common sense of a private citizen. We cannot select our representatives in the same manner we have in the past, Jones said. We cannot seek representation from the same career politicians and then expect things to change. Jones moved to Granite Bay 16 years ago after her husband, Cliff Jones, retired from the Army. Though she currently lives in Citrus Heights, she said she has plans to move back to Granite Bay. Jones said she decided to enter the race when Doolittle announced his retirement earlier this year. I've always had the desire to get into politics, Jones said. I went to law school with the intention of starting my education to become a lawmaker. This is my district ” I've grown up here and seen the changes, I've seen the growth. I commute in the same traffic everyone else commutes in ” who better to represent the people than one of the people? State Sen. Tom McClintock, a Republican from Thousand Oaks, announced earlier this month he would enter the race, facing former 3rd District congressman Doug Ose, another well-known Republican who is coming from outside the district. With the McClintock announcement, two Republicans who had announced their candidacy earlier dropped out to support him ” Roseville military security consultant Eric Egland and former state senator Rico Oller of San Andreas. Jones, McClintock and Ose will vie for the Republican nomination and the opportunity to contend for the 4th District seat against Democratic candidate Charlie Brown of Roseville. The retired Air Force officer narrowly lost to Doolittle in 2006 and is in the running again. Todd Stenhouse, spokesman for Brown, said Friday that the candidate is staying committed to focusing on the issues facing the district, and that he isn't discouraged that another candidate has entered the race. These campaigns are supposed to be about dialogue, Stenhouse said. All voices are a good thing. The country needs solutions. Jones said she considers herself a viable and capable candidate because she knows the district. I think I have a much better array of experience than the other candidates, Jones said. (Tom) McClintock is from Southern California ” his roots are there; he understands the nuances of his community. Doug Ose is from Sacramento, which is still very different than the 4th District. And where he may have experience in Congress, he doesn't have experience in the lives of our people. Ose said Saturday during a campaign kickoff event in Roseville that he lives in the 4th District, and that he knows the way voters think and knows what's important to them. Suzanne is going to have to come out and make her case, Ose said. I'm going to make mine and the voters will decide. Ose also pointed out that Citrus Heights is not in the 4th District. Jones said the city was formerly. Citrus Heights was in the district for years, Jones said. I didn't move out of the district, the district moved away from me. A spokesman for McClintock did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment Friday. Jones said, if elected, she will focus on immigration laws, border security, infrastructure and lowering taxes during her term in office. Northern California keeps growing and growing, Jones said. It's a place everyone wants to live. We have to accommodate growth and at the same time contain it, in order to keep it a place everyone wants to live. The Journal's Jenna Nielsen can be reached at email@example.com or comment on this story at auburnjournal.com.