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Rocky Chávez cites Marine background as key asset in U.S. Senate race
Rocky Chávez cites Marine background as key asset in U.S. Senate race

Rocky Chávez, a Republican state assemblyman from Oceanside, launched a campaign for U.S. Senate on Thursday, offering his military background as a key asset in the race to succeed Democratic incumbent Barbara Boxer. Chávez, 63, a retired Marine colonel and former Oceanside City Council member, was the state's acting veterans affairs secretary under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He also was a founder and director of a charter school in Oceanside, the northern San Diego County town that borders Camp Pendleton. In a written statement, Chávez said his campaign would focus on national security, education and the economy. "I'm a fighter who brings...

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