Life without internet in Yolo County

By Don Saylor and Cecilia Aguiar-Curry | Source Access to high-speed Internet (broadband) is no longer a luxury. It is a basic necessity in both rural and urban settings to support our community members with their education, access to health care and economic...

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Delaine Eastin Endorses Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for Assembly

By Vanguard Administrator | Source The State Assembly Race is starting to heat up. On Monday, the Cecilia Aguiar-Curry announced it has received the endorsement of former California Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin in the competitive primary for the...

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Construction to begin this week on PG&E training facility

By Sarah Dowling | Source Despite stormy weather, hundreds gathered at an empty field in Winters, imagining what it will become in little more than a year. With a few shovelfuls of earth, the Monday groundbreaking ceremony ushered in the beginning of construction on a...

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Winters Mayor Enters Crowded Assembly Race

By Democrat staff | Source Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry has entered into the race for the open 4th District Assembly seat created by Bill Dodd’s run for Senate. Also seeking the post are Democrats Davis Mayor Dan Wolk and Yolo Supervisor Don Saylor; as well as...

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Mayor Runs for Assembly

By Debra DeAngelo | Winters Express | Volume 132, #34 The real question about Cecila Aguiar-Curry’s run for a state assembly seat is: How did she ever find the time to do it? A glance at her appointment book shows very little white space, and the list of regional...

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Winters Mayor Enters Assembly race

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | Source The race to fill the state Assembly seat being vacated by Bill Dodd has gotten a little more crowded. Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry has announced that she will seek the 4th District Assembly seat, joining a field that already...

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The Reporter and The Daily Democrat in Woodland are endorsing Winters Mayor Cecilia Aguiar-Curry for the state Assembly, District 4, due to her experience as an elected official coupled with her background in agriculture.

Aguiar-Curry is running against Esparto farmer and retired Lt. Col. Charlie Schaupp, a Republican who was the top vote-getter in the June primary. Schaupp has sought election many times in the past.

And while we’ll admit that we would like to see someone with a stronger background in public office, we also acknowledge that Aguiar-Curry has made considerable strides during her years of community service. It also doesn’t hurt that she’s been endorsed by former opponent Dan Wolk, the former mayor of Davis, and one of her four opponents in the June primary election, and by former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin among other high-profile public officials.

Wolk said that he “respects Cecilia’s tenacious leadership style and her ability to drive the revitalization of Winters forward. Her knowledge and understanding of how to spur economic development at the local level is greatly needed in the Assembly.” And Eastin, a long time Davis resident, has said that Aguiar-Curry has a “willingness to stand up and fight for what she believes in.” Eastin, who spent four years in the legislature as an East Bay Assemblywoman, was elected in 1994 as the first, and to this date, only woman to serve as State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

“I’ve seen Cecilia in action,” Eastin said. “She has the ability to bring people together, the strength of character to stand up for her values, a great work ethic, and a history of getting things done. I know that, if she’s elected to serve in the Assembly, she will deliver for our children and make a lasting impact on our state.”

Cecilia Aguiar-Curry is the current mayor of Winters, a businesswoman, and, along with her three brothers, is a co-owner of an 80-acre walnut orchard. She has served on the Winters Planning Commission, Winters City Council and is now the first woman mayor of Winters. Aguiar-Curry has also been a board member of the Water Resources Association of Yolo County and Sacramento Area Council of Governments, and has served as chairwoman of the Yolo County Housing Commission.

Aguiar-Curry also shouldn’t be cast as a farmer only. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from San Jose State University, which when coupled with her other public experience gives her the necessary background to negotiate the halls of the state Capitol.

We think this will be especially crucial when it comes to issues of immigration and affordable housing. In the 4th District, there are a large number of immigrants, farmworkers, low-income wage earners, students attending UC Davis and Woodland Community College. Each of these groups needs help with affordable housing and while Aguiar-Curry acknowledges that she doesn’t have all the answers, she also says people need to be properly housed.

On other issues, she seems to be a consensus builder. High-speed rail is an example. A number of people across California oppose it. But Aguiar-Curry says people need to be brought to the table to find a way to make it work by serving the greatest number of people while staying on budget.

We are also intrigued by her approach to water. She says the state needs a comprehensive solution that meets the needs of farmers, consumers and environmentalists. She doesn’t feel Gov. Jerry Brown’s “twin tunnel” idea, however, is the solution. Rather she thinks one solution starts with conservation and continues from there. That sounds as though she’s channeling outgoing state Sen. Lois Wolk, who has worked for years to find workable solutions to state water issues.

Finally, regarding the November ballot initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana, Aguiar-Curry is probably like everyone else. She doesn’t want marijuana to be in the hands of young people, but admits the measure will probably pass and that she’ll have to live with the judgment of voters. That’s a mature attitude which reflects an ability to strive for consensus.

That’s why we think Aguiar-Curry will make a good Assemblywoman. What she may lack in experience will be made up for in teamwork. And if there’s anything our Legislature needs it’s collaboration on key issues, an agreement to at times disagree and a willingness to give and take when it comes to the best interests of the state as a whole.