Assemblyman Richard Pan is facing fellow Sacramento Democratic Assemblyman Roger Dickinson this fall in the state Senate race to replace Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. With the legislative session in its final days and the Nov. 4 election looming, Pan sat down Monday with The Sacramento Bee’s Capitol Bureau.
Yes. We’re very thrilled to have Mayor Kevin Johnson there. We had over 100 volunteers. It was very exciting. People are going out; we’re very excited about the broad base of support and the diversity of people who are supporting me.
It’s not about party. It’s about the work we have done and the work we will do in the future. We talked about employment and creating jobs. I’m a small business owner; I know what it’s like to have to create jobs and meet payroll twice a month. I’m proud to be with the mayor in trying to figure out how we foster economic development – not just the arena, but the opportunity to grow our downtown core here in Sacramento and in other parts of the district as well.
Yes. I supported (Sen.) Ricardo Lara’s bill. I believe that it’s really to the benefit of all of us when everyone can get access to health care. Because even … before the Affordable Care Act, every person who was insured was basically paying about $1,000 in health care premiums to subsidize care for the people who don’t have health insurance. Also, if we talk about communicable diseases – we want to be sure that someone who has a communicable disease is able to get care, that they’re not delaying care so that other people do not get infected.
I think you see the events unfolding in Ferguson. You look at the data. People talk about this post-racial era, but race is still a major issue in our society, and we need to have conversations about race. Even in the API (Asian-Pacific Islander) community, when you look at race, some people would point and say certain API groups seem to do really well. But you still do see disparities that occur.
I’ve always been in favor of affirmative action. So I would support affirmative action, yes.
First of all, people have looked into my situation, and there is no “there” there.
The DA and secretary of state, I believe.
They did not contact me directly.
They didn’t contact me directly.
They didn’t contact me, so I think there is no “there” there. They’ve looked at it, there is no “there” there.
I think there is probably some lack of clarity that perhaps is there. I think some people have commented on that.
Let’s put it this way. In terms of my circumstances, we talked to legal counsel and before and that’s why when people looked at the situation, there was no “there” there.