SACRAMENTO, CA – Manuel Martin formally announced his candidacy on on February 25, 2012. Two days later, Martin sent an e-mail that announced that he would be stepping down. He was one of six candidates vying for the 13th Assembly District. The newly created district includes candidates Susan Talamantes Eggman, Khalid Jafri, Benjamin Y. Wong, Jennet Stebbins and Xochitl Raya Paderes.
“Recent events in my life have caused me to re-evaluate what is truly important in life and what should receive my utmost attention,” Said Martin in the e-mail.
Martin is a first generation American from the Azores of Portugal. He was running as tea party candidate and describes himself as “a die-hard, constitution loving American.” His philosophy: “life, liberty and property.” He believes in eradicating governmental policies that infringe on people’s natural rights, with the goal of promoting economic freedom.
Manuel noted that hearing his grandparents talk about life in the old country — the Azores of Portugal— gave him a perspective of the great opportunities America offers. He is the founder and chairman of the Stockton Tea Party Patriots. “This State’s economic condition keeps on deteriorating,” said Martin. “Sacramento can’t seem to keep their tentacles from infringing on the private sector, whether it be in manufacturing, agriculture or retail, the bureaucrats won’t leave entrepreneurs alone to create jobs, to provide for their families and society.”