In an speech before an audience of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce on September 22, Republican Congressional candidate, David Harmer, called for a “hard freeze” on federal-government spending. Harmer said that 46 cents of every dollar spent by the United States is borrowed. Harmer said that such borrowing will present a hardship for future generations of Americans.
On September 1, Harmer won the Republican primary for a vacant Congressional seat in California’s Tenth Congressional District. On November 3, Harmer will face California’s current Lieutenant Governor, John Garamendi, who won the Democratic nomination. The Tenth Congressional District was represented by Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher from January 1997 until June 2009, when she resigned to take a job with the State Department in Washington, D.C.
Harmer, the son of former Lieutenant Governor, John Harmer, is a self-described “Reagan Republican.” He says that the core of his support in his campaign for Congress comes from small-business owners. Harmer said that he does not have any labor-union support or sponsorship from government contractors.
In his presentation to the Chamber, Harmer said that he opposes Project Labor Agreements (PLA’s) and the Davis-Bacon Act. Both PLA’s and the Davis-Bacon Act require that workers on government construction projects be paid “prevailing” wages. Prevailing wages are generally synonymous with union-rate wages, which are frequently higher that market-based wages.
Harmer, a lawyer, said that in the field of education, he supports parental choice in the selection of schools. An opponent of climate-change legislation, Harmer said: “Global warming is more a religion than a science.”
Harmer stands for a sound dollar and a cut in business taxes. On the issue of immigration, Harmer said he supports securing the United States-Mexican border to prevent illegal aliens from entering the United States. He said that economic development in Latin America would help stem the tide of Latinos entering America illegally.
He also criticized the level of spending by the California state government. According to Harmer, California would now have a $16 billion budget surplus if state spending, since 1990, had kept pace with the growth of population and inflation.
Before his current campaign for Congress, Harmer worked for the Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. He also was counsel to Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Hatch is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- Richard Colman, a Concord Chamber member, is founder and president of Biomed Inc. located in Concord, California. He lives in Orinda.