As the Nov. 6 election draws near, two candidates for state Assembly District 11 are campaigning heavily, crisscrossing two counties and knocking on the doors of prospective voters.
Candidates Mike Hudson of Suisun City and Jim Frazier of Oakley were the top two vote-getters after June's primary election. Hudson, a Republican and Suisun City vice mayor, will square off against Frazier, a Democrat and Oakley city councilman.
The newly created district encompasses four of Solano County's cities and four Delta communities in East Contra Costa County.
Hudson said his No. 1 message to voters ahead of the November election is the need for jobs and laments what he characterizes as the state's hostile business environment.
"We need jobs, we need to improve our economy. We seem to be doing a good job of driving business out of California," Hudson said.
"It's just expensive to do business here. There's a lot of paperwork, a lot of red tape," he added.
Second on his list is education.
"Our kids are our future. They're our future workforce," he said.
Frazier points to his work in Oakley, where he said he's been successful at creating jobs, through his ownership of a small business as well as helping to secure $83 million for transit projects in his area, creating 1,400 new jobs.
Both men represent Bay Delta communities and believe strongly in protecting it. In that arena, Frazier touts his membership on the state Delta Protection Commission.
"I want to make sure we maintain a strong voice in Sacramento," Frazier said.
Both men said they are confident heading toward election day and praised their respective campaign committees.
Hudson, who has been campaigning heavily in East Contra Costa, said, "I'm feeling really good. We've got a great feeling for the election coming up."
"I want them to know me and have the opportunity to meet each and every one of them. I want them to hold me accountable."
Frazier, likewise, has been hitting the streets in Solano County letting voters know of his "ability to build relationships and work with people and put people before politics," he said.
"Every day is just another day to meet some great people, share our message and listen to their concerns," he added.