DALY CITY -- Although all three candidates running for Assembly District 12 live and work in San Francisco, they say they will not forget the people in northern San Mateo County if elected to Sacramento in November.

Libertarian Michael Denny, Republican Howard Epstein and Democrat Leland Yee are all running for the assembly seat, which covers western San Francisco as well as Daly City, Broadmoor and Colma in San Mateo County.

Epstein, 55, is a former small-business owner in South San Francisco and Burlingame. He believes a lack of reliable transportation is greatest concern in the County.

Denny, 51, who owns a wine distributorship in San Francisco and lived in the County in the mid-1970s, hopes to win the seat in order to further third party politics in California.

Denny said he admires San Mateo County residents "independent" nature, and their refusal to be "absorbed in the mess of San Francisco."

Yee, 53, currently a San Francisco supervisor, has many relatives living in the County and will possibly have an office in Daly City if elected to the Assembly.

"While there is a border (between the two counties), it is a seamless border for me," Yee said.

Democratic Assemblyman Kevin Shelley can't run again because of term limits. Instead, he is a candidate for Secretary of State.

Epstein, a lifelong San Francisco resident, is an elected member of the San Francisco Republican County Central Committee, and said he will focus on fixing the state's infrastructure.

Epstein said he hopes to combat the deterioration of the state government that he said came with years of Democratic rule in both the Governor's office and the Assembly.

"Everything has been anti-business, anti-production," Epstein said "If Davis gets re-elected I want to be there to rein him in."

Denny, who has been both a Democrat and a Republican in the past, said he found "a home" in the Libertarian Party more than 20 years ago.

Denny wants to protect and encourage the freedom and responsibility of each individual, and support small businesses along with empowering local communities to make decisions regarding education and funds.

"In Sacramento, we have an attitude about government that is the same between Democrats and Republicans," Denny said, indicating that each party simply caters to their own special-interest groups.

Both Epstein and Denny agree that someone must take a stand in Sacramento and make tough decisions in order to improve the disarray in state government.

In the race, Yee is the most experienced politician, having served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors since 1996.

Yee, who immigrated to the United states in the early 1950s, held his first public office in 1988 when he was elected to Board of Education in San Francisco.

With his background in child psychology, Yee said hopes to win state money for education, healthcare and recreation programs in the district.
 

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