Election 2012: Congress 52nd District

Compiled by Pat Sherman

To provide readers with some 11th-hour inspiration prior to the June 5 Presidential Primary Election (at least those who didn’t vote absentee), the 

La Jolla Light

posed five questions to the candidates running for San Diego's 52nd congressional district.  We hope their responses offer an informative, final glimpse at the platforms and personalities of those running to represent La Jolla.

The 5 key questions

1) What three specific La Jolla issues do you believe to be the most pressing, and how would you address each?

2) Do you believe it is in the best interest of La Jolla to secede from the city of San Diego? Why or why not?

3) Name a dream or aspiration you’ve had to set aside for your career?

4) Name the historical figure you most identify with and what inspires you about that person.

5) What do you despise most?

Brian Bilbray

Brian Bilbray, Republican, incumbent


A. Quality of life and the environment

B. Ensuring jobs and a robust economy

C. Protecting the progress of biotech and research

My legislation, H.R. 909, The Beach Act, which addresses water quality; H.R. 1036, the Job Creation and Innovation Investment Act of 2011; and H.R. 4056, the Science and Technology Regulatory Relief Act of 2012, all show my efforts to protect each of those.


No, as I know that existing state law gives the City of San Diego the control as to whether they allow any community to secede.


My dream is to sail around the world in my own boat and see all the many countries and their cultures.


President Theodore Roosevelt, because he was the president that got the job done, both addressing the economy and the environment.


I detest people who pick fights just to fight, especially when we have legitimate issues that we need to deal with.

To read our earlier interview with Bilbray, click



Gene Hamilton Carswell

Gene Hamilton Carswell, Republican, developer


A. Support of business in La Jolla to entice more tourism, which would include the completion of the 22-year planned (Belvedere) Promenade. This costs money and that is the problem with the San Diego City Council controlling us. This project to revitalize the central business area was reapproved in 2004 and became a part of the La Jolla Community Plan and approved by the La Jolla Town Council (LJTC). When another agency controls your goal, it is a primary concern.

B. Guano in the La Jolla Cove and the stench and toxicity emanating from this: It is a problem for our community, is a deterrent to tourism and this is directly related to business. Cleanup has about six to 10 regulatory hurdles to overcome. It can be accomplished with persistence time and legal input.

This is a task that we can solicit help through the Department of the Interior and accomplish. I shall be your advocate and work with the Department of the Interior to accomplish this and have a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit issued.



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