Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 10/22/2010 07:09:18 PM PDT

The so-called Tea Party Patriots have popped up in political races across the nation, including the 62nd Assembly campaign, which pits one of the group’s candidates against an incumbent who is seeking what would be her third and final term in office because of term limits.

Jeane Ensley, a Republican who preaches less government as the solution to the state’s sundry woes, is taking on Wilmer Amina Carter, the Democratic assemblywoman who says she has the experience needed to represent a district that includes Colton, Rialto, Muscoy, Bloomington and much of San Bernardino and Fontana.

“I was not happy with how our state is going, how our federal government is going, and I said, you know, we’ve got to do something,” Ensley said.

Ensley belongs to the West Valley Republican Assembly, the San Bernardino Valley Republican Assembly and the Tea Party IE.

She believes citizens pay too much in taxes, and that Californians are leaving the state because they no longer can afford to live here.

She promises on her campaign website that she will not raise taxes.

Ensley supports programs for better nutrition in public schools, jobs training for “low offender” prisoners, and tax credits for pet owners that spay and neuter their animals, in order to reduce the number of animals in shelters.

Ensley also said the state needs to eliminate “duplicate agencies,” and the state “can’t afford any more spending programs” such as the proposed $45 billion high-speed rail system.

Carter supports high-speed rail, especially if there is a hub for the system in the Inland Empire.

She was out of town on Friday and unavailable for comment.

Carter, who touts herself as a champion of small businesses, was among state lawmakers to be recognized in 2009 by the California Small Business Association for her dedication to issues that are most important to small business.

Carter has served on numerous legislative committees, including as chair of Assembly Subcommittee Number 2 – Education Finance.

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