CARLSBAD — State Assembly candidate Rocky Chavez is on the campaign trail to meet voters and let them know where the boundaries of the new 76th District lie.To illustrate that the new district stretches from Camp Pendleton, to Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and Encinitas, reusable shopping bags emblazoned with a district map were handed out to voters at the Carlsbad Village Cruise the Art Scene on Feb. 23.
The reusable bags, which also feature photos of public artwork and Chavez’s campaign website, Facebook and Twitter addresses, were also handed out at the Carlsbad Village Farmer’s Market and Oceanside’s Farmer Market.
“He’s giving out reusable bags instead of putting up signs that over-clutter the right of way,” Janene Possell Shepherd, campaign information coordinator, said. “We’ve already given out 100 this morning.”
Shoppers took the bags and learned about the new district boundaries that were determined by the California Citizens Redistricting Committee. Voting districts were finalized in January and will be used in the June and November elections.
“It was done by voters not by politicians,” Possell Shepherd said. “The boundaries were all over. It’s a much better process now.”
Chavez also shared his political platform with voters.
“I stand for jobs, education, veterans and government accountability,” Chavez said.
Chavez most recently served as active secretary to California Department of Veterans Affairs.
“Because of war and the ending of war we changed how the department was operating,” he said. “We put more emphasis on returning veterans.”
Prior to working for the state of California Chavez served on the Oceanside City Council from 2002 to 2009. During that time he worked on the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.
“I feel that it was one of my most important accomplishments,” Chavez said. “It’s still in effect right now.”
Chavez will continue to pass out campaign bags at the Leucadia Farmer’s Market and Vista Farmer’s Market.
On March 3, he will start a 100-day district walk to meet voters and walk through the five cities.
For more information on State Assembly candidate Rocky Chavez, visit ElectRockyChavez. com.