James Figueroa, Staff Writer
Created: 10/27/2010 06:20:34 PM PDT
After facing a slight challenge in June’s Republican primary, Rep. Gary Miller is expected to have a clear path to victory in the 42nd Congressional District election on Tuesday.
Miller is seeking a seventh term in the right-leaning district, which includes parts of Chino Hills and Diamond Bar.
As of Sept. 3, 45.84 percent of the district was registered Republican, with registered Democrats at 30.19 percent, according to statistics from the secretary of state. Additionally, 2.32 percent of the district is American Independent while 0.35 percent is loyal to the Green party.
Miller emerged victorious in the Republican primary, taking 49 percent of the vote to Phil Liberatore’s 38 percent in a race that included attacks from both sides.
In Tuesday’s general election, Miller’s opponents are Democrat Michael Williamson and Libertarian Mark Lambert, candidates who both have conservative ideals.
All three candidates advocate smaller government and tax cuts to revitalize the economy.
Williamson acknowledges his views are mostly conservative, so he doesn’t have much support from the Democratic Party.
“I think I bring a more well-reasoned approach to politics,” said Williamson, who is registered as a Democrat because he prefers to stay neutral on social issues and doesn’t follow the GOP stance on abortion.
Williamson, who has a background as a police sergeant and lawyer, has made illegal immigration one of the central points of his campaign – an issue that Miller has long championed.
Williamson advocates “turning off the economic spigot” to discourage immigrants from coming north, and sees Arizona’s controversial immigration law as an ideal solution.
“I’m not in favor of permitting people to violate our laws with virtual impunity,” Williamson said.
Williamson also shares Lambert’s viewpoint on the Constitution, saying it has been misinterpreted over the years instead of following a strict reading of its text.
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