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8/20/2012 6:01:00 AM
Acle adds crackle to Arizona Senate campaign
Yuman shrugs off past, offers ideas for jobs, energy
Yuma area teacher Luis Acle
Yuma area teacher Luis Acle
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Yuma area teacher Luis Acle is hoping that voters will look past his previous election snafus and add his name to the list of Republican U.S. Senate candidates on primary ballot.

Acle is running as a write-in candidate for the Republican nomination against Wil Cardon, Jeff Flake, Bryan Hackbarth and Clair Van Steenwyk.

This is not Acle's first run for public office and it wouldn't be his first time working in Washington, D.C. He served in the Nixon, Ford, Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and was the president of the San Diego Unified School District board.

All of that public service work comes with baggage, according to an April 18, 2008, article by the Voice of San Diego.

The story details a long history of accusations against Acle including: campaign finance violations and unpaid campaign workers during his 2005 run for San Diego City Council, $41,000 in unpaid taxes and $7,000 in penalties paid to the Internal Revenue System for income from a company he owned that translated trade agreements between the U.S. and Mexico, and accusations of being an absentee school board president.

Acle said the San Diego City Ethics Committee never asked for any payment of the fines levied against him. The Arizona Republic states that those fines amounted to more than $68,000.

According to Ethics Commission Executive Director Stacey Fulhorst, Acle never paid the fines and the city of San Diego currently has a judgment pending against him.

The back taxes were because the IRS would not accept several business deductions because the documents were in a foreign language. Those taxes have been paid and the issue has been settled, he said.

He also denies that he was an absentee school board president.

"I was very hands-on, but I had enemies who turned against me during my run for city council," Acle said.

None of that really has any bearing on his race for U.S. Senate, according to Acle.

He is focused on his opponents' lack of concrete solutions for the nation's problems.

"All they have is talk," he said. "I believe legislators should have a plan," Acle said. "I have specific solutions for four or five problems the country is facing."

Unemployment is the biggest issue facing the state and the country, he said.

His solution is a law that would allow governors to request relief from the federal government regulations they thought were killing jobs in their states.

The governors could ask for a temporary moratorium on the regulations for all or even part of the state to help boost job growth, he said.

Which regulations could be waived would be up to the federal government, he said.

The country also needs a national energy policy, Acle said. Solar power is not a panacea for the country's energy problems. It doesn't produce enough energy to cover the needs of industry and the cost is very high, he said.

Instead, the nation should combine its plentiful resources of coal, natural gas and nuclear energy with solar to create solar thermal power plants, Acle said. Under his plan, the plants would use one source of fuel, such as coal or natural gas, to turn a turbine. The heat from the turbine would be used to generate steam, which would turn another turbine. Solar technology would be used to keep the steam at a constant temperature so that it could be used to power the plant over and over again.

It's unknown if such a system exists or if it would even work.

Education is an issue that is close to Acle's heart.

He is a high school teacher with a master's degree from Stanford in physical sciences and served three years as the president of the San Diego Unified School District board. He believes that education is best handled at the local level.

Teachers need to be rewarded for their hard work and treated as professionals, not hourly workers, he said. "We need to stop telling them what to teach."

Acle moved to California from Mexico and became a naturalized citizen when he was 12.

He moved to Yuma more than 10 years ago to work on industrial development and property management. He has served on the Yuma County Redistricting Advisory Committee and is currently a member of the Yuma City Water and Sewer Commission.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Do some research

"It's unknown if such a system exists or if it would even work."

Why is it unknown? I just did a google search and came up with numerus hybrid power plants that utilize a mixture of solar and fossil fuels. No scientist here but that makes me think it's pretty darn possible.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: harris stein

Just another typical, cynical, vampire politician sucking blood off the taxpayer for his own financial self interest. Using fear and hate like a pied piper to get the ignorant of society to vote for them.

They come in all shapes, sizes, and ideologies. From all walks of life. All saying basically the same thing. "I know what's best so vote for me." They all have one thing in common, groveling before ultra wealthy corporations and investors for campaign contributions. Reverse Robin Hoods taking from the poor to give to the ultra wealthy so the ultra wealthy have more to give them in campaign contributions.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: KO TAY

Waste of space and my time to read about this loser.

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