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Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, Stanislaus Counties, CA November 7, 2006 Election
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By Jeff Denham

Candidate for State Senator; District 12

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As a product of California's Community College and Cal State school systems, Senator Jeff Denham has made education one of his highest priorities. He's served as a member of the Senate Education Committee for the last three years and has kept his campaign promise to oppose cuts in education funding. In fact, in the last three years, Senator Denham has been the only Senator who has consistently voted against all funding cuts for education. Senator Denham also strongly supports preserving Proposition 98's education funding guarantee.

Senator Denham has long been a voice in the Legislature against raising student tuition fees at community colleges and universities. He's authored legislation to stop "surprise" tuition increases, and in 2004, forged a bi-partisan agreement on the Governor's Long-term Student Fee Proposal. He's worked tirelessly to obtain more funding for the newest University of California campus in Merced, and was instrumental in ensuring that the 2004-05 Budget included the $10 million in supplemental funding the University needed to open on time in the Fall 2005. In 2005, Senator Denham also worked with the State Office of Public School Construction to secure badly needed school construction funds for Stanislaus County.

His efforts on behalf of California's students have been recognized by numerous members of the education community. The California Teachers Association recognized Senator Denham's commitment to education and presented him with their highest honor, the "Gold Award." Plus, the San Joaquin UC Alumni Network named Senator Denham their "Legislator of the Year" for his unwavering service and commitment to UC Merced.

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