Students weigh in on Davis and replacement candidates
September 26, 2003
Filed under News
The budget crisis, tax increases, cuts in education and the mishandling of the state economy made Californians angry, angry to the point of recalling the governor they elected almost a year ago.
“If we keep him in office, it is going to get worse and worse,” said Ruth Stanley, a freshman majoring in psychology at Bakersfield College.
For Stanley, Gov. Gray Davis needs to be recalled because “he really screwed up the system in California,” she said.
With 135 candidates on the ballot, Stanley has set her sights on Republican candidate movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger.”I will probably vote for Arnold Schwarzenegger, just because he is Republican, and that’s the only reason.”
For BC student Steve Mullholand, being from the Republican Party seems to be sufficient criteria to replace Davis.
“Having a Republican would get some things fixed because the Democrats have messed some stuff up.”
Hollie Bosse, sociology major, views the situation from a different angle. Davis opponents want a Republican to be governor.
“I believe that we all make mistakes, and Gov. Davis did make mistakes that’s for sure, but so have all of our presidents,” she said.
Cynthia Cardona said Davis is taking money away from education.
“Education is very important, and other programs such as the ones in prison receive more money than school programs,” she said.
She would like to see a more experienced gubernatorial candidate such as Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, also chosen by Indra Valencia, a criminal justice major.
“I will not vote for Arnold. It doesn’t feel right,” Valencia said. “Instead, I would rather vote for Bustamante who has more experince.”