State Sen. Lois Wolk easily beat her Republican rival, Frank Miranda, in her bid for a second term, but the issues she’s taking on could prove far more challenging.
“I’m very pleased,” Wolk, 66, said Tuesday night after capturing 66.1 percent of the vote, compared to 33.9 for her opponent. “I’m looking forward to representing Davis and this wonderful new district.”
District 3 was redrawn in August 2011 by the Citizens Redistricting Commission based on new U.S. census data, and includes Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.
Wolk has represented the Sacramento region for nearly a decade, having served in the Assembly from 2002 to 2008. Prior to that, she was a member of the Yolo County Board of Supervisors and served two terms on the Davis City Council, including two terms as mayor.
Miranda, a Fairfield Republican, faced an uphill battle in District 3, where Democrats comprise 49 percent of registered voters compared to only 25 percent for Republicans. However, he earned a key endorsement from the Solano County Farm Bureau.
Wolk said the state budget crisis remains priority No. 1. Also on her to-do list are water, transportation and energy.
“These issues certainly have affected each and every city that I represent, as have the budget issues,” she said. “Establishing a firm financial footing for state government is really critical, so that the cities and counties can also find stability.”
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