Denice Gary-Pandol for US Senate 2024 visits Ridgecrest

Denice Gary-Pandol for US Senate 2024 visits RidgecrestBy LAURA QUEZADA

News Review Staff Writer Republican Denice Gary-Pandol took some time during her Ridgecrest visit on Monday to share her plans should she be elected to replace Senator Diane Feinstein as a US Senator in 2024. Don Musser, President of the Greater Ridgecrest Republican Assembly, says she is starting early to begin building name recognition.

Gary-Pandol tells us why she is running, “There are so many crises in California and I want to set it right. I believe there’s a lot of good I can do for the state and actually for the country.”

Her platform reflects the Republican party’s agenda. Of national security, she says, “ It’s extremely important. I know this as someone who has had top secret clearances and worked on behalf of the government through a think tank called Analytical Assessments Corporation; it’s critical that the United States of America remain number one in the world.” Her viewpoint has been developed in part through her education, “ I have an undergraduate degree in political science and an advanced degree in Political Science International Relations. As your United States Senator, I will work very hard to make sure that the enemies of the United States know that we will work very diligently to prevent them from gaining any territory.”

Gary-Pandol recognizes the importance of water in the Indian Wells Valley, “There is so much that needs to be done to end the man-made water crisis in this state. One of the things that needs to be done is, I believe, legislatively. I need to work in Washington with a coalition of legislators to make sure that the General Fund here in California has a piece that will be devoted each and every year to water infrastructure. There’s so much runoff water that happens each and every year, every time there’s rain, there needs to be the kinds of underground storage facilities that are there to hold that water and make it available to our farmers and ranchers and civilian population. In addition to that, there are things like desalination plants, fog capture. The fog capture system is a fabulous system that the Israelis introduced some time ago, that will literally capture the moisture in the air. It provides a tremendous amount of 100% clean drinking water for the residents. So there is again, just a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done on water.

Another platform issue is oil and liquefied natural gas. It affects every industry in our state and in the nation. I propose that legislation be passed to make fossil fuel a national security issue so that it is protected. You cannot depend on water, wind and sun to keep our electric grids operating. We absolutely should have in place the most reliable source of energy available on the planet, and that is the fossil fuel industry. We should never depend on any foreign entity for anything. The United States needs to be energy independent.”

Other issues she supports are school choice, “I don’t believe that a zip code should determine where a child has to go to school.” Showing identification in order to vote, “You have to show identification for just about anything in this world that we live in today. Why wouldn’t you show your identity when you go vote? Voter identification seems critical to me.”

She also expressed concern over foreign entities purchasing land adjacent to military bases and farmland, “Food security is also a national security issue. Legislation should be passed to prevent a country like China or Iran or Russia from buying up our farm land.”

Gary-Pandol’s interest in public service was sparked as a child who loved to read. “I was in Bakersfield, we used to go to the library.” She read biographies and autobiographies of men and women who were able to make a big difference in the world. She mentions the first woman doctor in the United States, Elizabeth Blackwell; the newspaper woman Nellie Bly, Harriet Tubman who helped slaves escape via the Underground Railroad. “As a child, I mostly read about women and I thought, ‘I really want to make a contribution for good.’ I believe if I’m elected to be the United States Senator from California, I’ll be able to do a lot of good for a lot of people.” She smiles and says, “That’s why I want to run.”

Story First Published: 2022-04-22