Meg Whitman, a Republican gubernatorial candidate and business powerhouse, hopes to win over Latino voters by supporting a state plan to bring water to farmers in the west Central Valley. If the plan to build a peripheral canal or Delta tunnel moves forward, it would likely benefit farm workers in that area. It is widely supported by residents of the southern San Joaquin Valley and Southern California.
"I'm deeply committed to the Central Valley and to agriculture," Whitman said in a phone interview. It's not one of her three main campaigning points, however. She has been focusing on job creation, tax cuts and education reform. In San Joaquin County, talk of a water conveyance isn't popular.
Whitman might have an opportunity to try to win over voters on this position when she delivers the keynote address at the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's annual Latina Business Conference and Luncheon Thursday at the Hilton Stockton. Themed "Empowering Latinas in Communities," the event will also include workshops on managing health and weight, finding capital in these difficult economic times and marketing in economic ways. READ FULL STORY