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  • If you haven’t heard of Ron Nehring, you will. Or at least you should.
    If you have heard of him, you should pay close attention to what he is saying.
    Nehring is the Republican candidate for state lieutenant governor and he brought his common-sense message of how to help California become golden again to the High Desert on Thursday.
    His whirlwind campaign tour day started early in the morning in Hesperia and Victorville, included a stop at Southern California Logistics Airport and featured a lunch meeting at the Harvey House in Barstow. There, Nehring met with a group of about 20 to 30 Chamber of Commerce and community leaders.
    He told the group every election is an opportunity for voters to decide if we’re on the right track or can do better.
    “I think we can do better,” he said.
    Actually, what Nehring thinks is California can do much better, and he believes he can play a big role in that transformation, along with several other Republican candidates.
    He preaches less regulation, lower taxes, pension reform and cheaper energy. There were no shouts of “Amen, brother” from the crowd, but people listened intently, asked questions and nodded heads in agreement over and over.
    Nehring is running for lieutenant governor, but he sounds more like a candidate for governor. The fact he didn’t take on Jerry Brown this year shows he has a lot of common sense. If he can beat incumbent Gavin Newsom in November, which will be no easy task, perhaps he can take a shot at the top seat in Sacramento in four or eight years.
    “We don’t have anybody in Sacramento looking long-term” at what we, as a state, should be doing, he said. That’s the role he would like to take on as lieutenant governor.
    He sounds more inclusive than many Republicans. He talks about building coalitions and the need for Republicans to communicate effectively.
    He said he is focusing his campaign on the areas of the state that need the most help; thus his visit to the High Desert. He thinks Republicans can help these heavily Latino areas, and he thinks Republicans can help African Americans who would like to see better public schools for their children, including more accountability for teachers and more choices.
    “I want energy to be as cheap as possible and food to be as cheap as possible,” he said, adding that California’s energy policies discriminate against those who live in inland areas.
    Nehring notes that what California ratepayers pay for electricity is “up to four times higher than Texas,” which continues to woo California companies and has such a low unemployment rate that you almost have to not want to work to be without a job.
    Nehring isn’t flashy. There doesn’t appear to be a hint of Hollywood in him. He’s no Arnold Schwarzenegger, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
    If he can get his message out, maybe he can pull an upset in November. But even if he doesn’t, at least he is communicating effectively. That’s something all Republicans need to do if they hope to grow their ranks in California.
    Steve Hunt can be reached at 760-951-6270 or SHunt@VVDailyPress.com. Follow him on Twitter at @stevehunteditor.
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