The 50th Congressional District encompasses much of East County as well as the North County communities of FallbrookSan MarcosValley Center and Escondido.

Six candidates are challenging incumbent Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, who is facing an investigation into his campaign finances. The San Diego Union-Tribune asked six of the candidates to respond to several questions.

Here are their responses.

Why should voters choose you over your opponents in this election?

I have a consistent conservative voting record that spans almost a decade which voters can utilize to determine for themselves if I share their values. I have one of the highest percentages of successfully passing legislation compared to my other California colleagues and my office has a strong reputation of providing constituent services with federal agencies, particularly with veterans and active-duty military personnel. I am consistent and unapologetic in my support of rebuilding the military, protecting the border, cutting taxes, investing in small business growth, eliminating wasteful government bureaucracy, defending life, the Second Amendment and benefits for our nation’s veterans and I will continue my efforts in all these important areas.

What will be your top domestic and international priority in Congress?

Rebuilding our military and providing for America’s national security is my No. 1 priority in both domestic and international policy. Without a strong national defense, we have no Social Security, no infrastructure, no education programs and no job creation in the manufacturing base. While these issues are all important, it is imperative that we have a military with the resources and assets to protect the homeland and provide for the security of the American people. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee and chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, I will continue working to provide our men and women in uniform with the resources to meet their responsibilities and ensure America’s military capacity so that other domestic priorities can be addressed.


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