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California Briefing / West Covina

Another entry in race for Solis seat

March 12, 2009|Evelyn Larrubia

A local accountant has entered the race for the San Gabriel Valley-based congressional seat vacated by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis.

Jim Hetzel, who until now has worked as controller of a family-owned construction business, said his business experience is what's needed to help steer the country during bad economic times.

"We need financial professionals to help resolve these problems," said Hetzel, a Republican.

The Democrats in the race are state Sen. Gil Cedillo (D-Los Angeles), State Board of Equalization Chairwoman Judy Chu and political novice Emanuel Pleitez, who recently worked on President Obama's transition team. A primary election is set for May 19 to fill the congressional seat

-- Evelyn Larrubia

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