Mark Orozco, D-Beaumont, has renewed his call to Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, for a public debate before voters in the redrawn 42nd State Assembly District decide which candidate they will send to Sacramento.
Nestande, the incumbent assemblyman from the 64th Assembly District, said Wednesday in Banning he did not have enough advance notice for a previous forum at Mt. San Jacinto College.
Orozco's campaign issued a statement late Wednesday.
"Orozco and his opponent, Brian Nestande, had an opportunity to talk with the editorial board of the Desert Sun on September 26, but Mr. Orozco feels more is needed," Orozco's staff said.
The new District 42 includes the communities of Banning, Beaumont, Cherry Valley, Calimesa, Cabazon, Whitewater, San Jacinto, Hemet, Palm Springs and Palm Desert in Riverside County, and Yucaipa, Oak Glen, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino County.
A pdf map of District 42 is attached to this report.
"The Desert Sun interview was a great opportunity to talk with Assemblyman Nestande about the issues, but voters deserve a chance to interact with us directly in an open public forum," Orozco said in the statement.
"With absentee ballots due to hit voter mailboxes any day, citizens do not have time to wait on political bickering, let's schedule a meaningful debate right away, lets give the people what they deserve!"
Orozco said he understands Assemblyman Nestande has a busy schedule and is thus willing "to make time for a debate at Mr. Nestande's convenience."
The challenger's staff urged Nestande's campaign to contact Kjeld Lindsted, Orozco's campaign manager, at (951) 572-2104 to schedule an event.
Nestande could not immediately be reached to respond for this report.
For more info about Orozco's campaign visit www.markorozco.com.
For more info about Nestande's campaign visit www.briannestande.com.