Rep. Jim Frazier’s redistribution and early retirement has resulted in not one, but two Solano County residents running to fill the seat.
Suisun City Mayor Lori Wilson announced her intention to step down in December and she is the only name on the ballot for Tuesday’s special election. However, she will have one challenger for the June primary: Jenny Callison, a Vacaville resident, Army veteran and legislative attorney with the California Convention’s Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs.
Aside from four years of service in the Army, Callison has lived her entire life in California and is dismayed by what she sees as deteriorating “conditions and the quality of the state,” including the high cost of living and increases in crime, over the past decade.
“I hope that as a member of the State Assembly, I can improve these living conditions and the quality of life for people in the community and in the state,” she said.
Another factor was the policies implemented in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s been very confusing for small businesses, for people in general, to know what policies are where,” she said. “I think it’s hurt a lot of businesses and closing schools has hurt a lot of families and a lot of kids and morale.”
Callison said she’s even known people who have moved out of California as a result of less restrictive policies.
“I hope to bring some of those qualities to California, lower the cost of living, relax business regulations, and make it easier to have a good quality of life here,” she said.
Callison grew up in Winters and her father moved back and forth between Vacaville and Hawaii. She enlisted in the Army in 2002 as an operator and maintainer of the PATRIOT Missile Launching Station and was stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas and Suwon Air Force Base, South Korea.
The GI bill gave Callison funding to go to California State University at Sacramento, where she received a bachelor’s degree in English in 2011 and later returned for a master’s degree in public policy and administration, which she received last year.
She has been a volunteer with Sacramento Roller Derby since 2015 and coached the Junior Giants from 2011-2019.
In 2021, Callison gave birth to their daughter, which also influenced her decision to run.
“I was trying to figure out how to make the biggest impact in her life,” she said. “If things continue as they are in the state, I know many of their aunts and uncles are talking about moving and I hope everyone wants to stay in the area.”
Callison, who was running as an independent, said she would have liked to run in Tuesday’s special election. However, the race was for Frazier’s previous seat, and since she lives in an unincorporated part of Vacaville, her residency is out of bounds. With the new district election, she is eligible to run in the newly drawn district, which includes all of Solano and parts of Contra Costa and Sacramento counties.
Among the issues Callison hopes to address are high housing prices, which she says have contributed to other factors such as homelessness and people commuting to work elsewhere, and crime rates.
“I think a lot of California policies that have been passed over the past decade have caused crime to get worse,” she said. “Something needs to be done about the amount of property and violent crime, especially in Solano County.”
To that end, Callison suggested that people who commit crimes receive the appropriate punishment, rather than a slap in the face.
Callison also hopes to address traffic congestion, particularly on Interstate 80 and Highway 37, and road conditions.
“We pay so much in gas taxes (and) the SB1 taxes that were passed just a few years ago, but we don’t see the results of that on our roads,” she said. “I’m hoping to put regulations in place that deregulate some things and ensure accountability in our spending so that the money we pay in taxes that’s going to be used for these services is actually being seen by the people.”
As a veteran, Callison said she wants to support the veteran community as much as she can.
“We have (about) 11,000 homeless veterans in the state of California, so I’m hoping to improve services and make sure they’re taken care of,” she said.
Education is also an important goal for Callison.
“The higher the quality of education we provide to our children, the better our community becomes,” she said.
For more information on her campaign, visit Callison2022.com.
The primary is June 7th and ballots will be mailed out around May 9th. For more information, see Solanocounty.com/depts/rov/.