Date: September 4, 2020
By: Editorial Board
Source: Orange County Register
This November, two familiar names will be on the ballot to represent the 29th Senate District, which spans portions of Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Bernardino County. Republican incumbent Sen. Ling Ling Chang is facing off once again with Democrat Josh Newman. In 2016, the two faced each other for the first time, with Newman narrowly defeating Chang, 50.4% to 49.6%.
Less than two years later, the district voted 58% to 42% to recall then-Sen. Newman, and elected Chang to replace him. Newman was targeted for a recall following his vote in favor of raising the gas tax. The two are now running for a full term to represent the district.
Overall, in a reflection of how purple the district is, both candidates are moderates, often breaking from what one would expect from a Democratic or Republican politician.
In speaking with our editorial board, Newman said the Legislature has been “unimpressive” in responding to the coronavirus pandemic and criticized measures to raise taxes.
Chang, for her part, has reached across the aisle on issues such as paid family leave.
On balance, while we applaud Newman’s willingness to break from his party’s norms on fiscal matters, his policy strengths are already shared by the incumbent.
We endorse Ling Ling Chang. Despite being in the minority party, Chang has made the effort to work with her Democratic colleagues while still retaining a commitment to fiscal responsibility and standing against the excesses of the supermajority.
To that point, Chang voted against the job-killing Assembly Bill 5 and voted against the rent control bill Assembly Bill 1482. She is a reliable defender of taxpayer interests. “Tax hike proposals will further harm hardworking families,” she told us.
Chang’s focus has often been on simple good government issues. Chang led an effort to audit the California Lottery, yielding a report that found a litany of problems.
Chang has also been a leading voice calling attention to the failings of technology at the DMV and unemployment agency.
These reflect a sensible approach to the office.
We recommend a vote for Ling Ling Chang.