John Kanno, the Republican candidate for the 18th Congressional District of California, spent part of Election Day visiting voters in Ceres.
“I'm just out meeting the people of the district today,” said Kanno, who was at Bob's Coffee Shop on Central Avenue in Ceres. “We've been received very well.”
Running against incumbent Democratic Rep. Dennis Cardoza of Merced, Kanno believes he is more in touch with the conservative voices of the Valley residents than his opponent. The 18th Congressional District includes part of Stanislaus Merced Counties and parts of San Joaquin, Madera, and Fresno counties.
Kanno strongly supports the United States' position in the Middle East and has been featured on Fox News and CNN to debate the country's stance in post-Saddam Iraq. The Modesto Republican is against partial-birth abortions, tax-cuts, and gay marriage.
“I support a constitutional amendment that recognizes the traditional marriage between a man and a woman,” Kanno said. Kanno, a resident of Modesto since 1981, was born into the Assyrian Christian culture and plans to use this background as a framework for his work in dealing with the War on Terror.
“My ancestry is Assyrian Christian so I understand that culture more than my opponent does,” said Kanno. His cultural background coupled with his career in electrical engineering since 1985, has helped Kanno to be very influential in the “Future of Iraq” project. He has worked with the U.S. State Department to create an electrical plan for powering the new Iraq.
Following last night's primary election, Kanno will focus on reaching more of the community and is anticipating some challenging debates until the general election in November.
“I'm looking forward to a lot of high-spirited debates in the upcoming months,” said Kanno. “And anytime, anyplace Mr. Cardoza wants to debate, we're ready for him.”