TAMPA, Fla. -- As part of the coverage for the Republican National Convention, Times Community News conducted interviews with the GOP delegates from the 27th and 28th Congressional districts. First up: Dr. Greggory DeVore, a fetal medicine specialist from La Cañada Flintridge.
What city do you live in, and what do you do for a living?
I live in La Cañada. I am a physician specializing in maternal-fetal medicine. I am a consultant to obstetricians and evaluate unborn children with ultrasound. I have a web site, www.fetal.com, that explains my practice. I also lecture throughout the world, teaching doctors about fetal ultrasound.
How did you become a delegate?
The candidate who receives the most votes in each congressional district has the option of suggesting individuals whom they would like to represent the views of the candidate, in my case, Gov. Mitt Romney.
Why do you believe it's important to be a delegate?
I believe it is important to experience the process of participating at a national level in the selection of the candidate to represent the Republican Party running for president. In addition, it will give me an opportunity to see how the process works and, by participating, to better appreciate the founding principles of our government.
What is the most important issue facing the GOP during this election? Generally?
The most important issue facing the GOP is the economy and the impact of Obamacare on patients, physicians and the healthcare community.
What is the most important issue facing Southern California in this election?
Unfortunately, Southern California will not play an important role in the presidential election at this time. However, Southern California will play an important role in electing Republicans to serve in Congress so that conservative views can have a voice in governing and creating laws by which we must all abide.
According to the California Secretary of State, registered Democrats in Los Angeles County outnumber Republicans by more than a 2-to-1 margin. What are the challenges in forwarding the GOP's issues?
The main issue we need to focus on is how to prepare our children and grandchildren for the future. If we encourage an entitlement society where benefits are not earned but "provided," then we will never allow those less fortunate to experience the fortunes that await them when they work toward goals that have educational and economic implications.
At the present time, the Latino community approaches over 50% of the population in the state. Many of my patients are Latino and want their children to have a future that offers opportunity for success. Republicans need to show and teach those less fortunate than themselves how this can be accomplished for the next generation.
This is done through education, and providing a pathway to success that includes enhancing the self esteem of our youth, and inspiring the next generation to strive for higher goals, and allow them to experience the American dream.