Young Republican Federation of California endorses Etta Waterfield

The Young Republican Federation of California has endorsed Etta Waterfield in her bid to replace Sam Blakeslee in the state Assembly.

"We believe that Etta Waterfield is the most suitable candidate who best portrays the ideals of the Young Republicans of California, " said Young Republicans President Adam Abrahms, a Los Angeles attorney who specializes in representing management in disputes with workers.

"In Sacramento, she will fight to lower taxes and lift regulations that are severely affecting businesses on the Central Coast, " Abrahms said in a news release. "We need someone like her to put a stop to the exorbitant spending that is plaguing our state."

Waterfield, a former Santa Maria Planning Commissioner, is seeking the Republican nomination to replace Blakeslee, who must leave the Assembly at the end of this year because of term limits.

Her opponents in the Republican primary are San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Katcho Achadjian, Paso Robles City Councilman Fred Strong and San Luis Obispo financial planner Matt Kokkonen.

Santa Maria City Councilwoman Hilda Zacarias is the sole Democrat in the race. Libertarian Paul Polson of Arroyo Grande also is running.

The 33rd Assembly District covers San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara Count