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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

District 6California State AssemblyJune 7, 2016California Primary Election

June 7, 2016California Primary Election

California State AssemblyDistrict 6

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State assembly members introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and draft the state budget. They are elected to two-year terms.
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Democratic
Non-Governmental Organization Director
26,707 votes (19.8%)Winning
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  • Improving CA infrastructure for water supply, traffic mitigation, and public safety
  • Creating new good paying jobs
  • Expanding opportunites in education so our young people can compete in the global economy
Profession:Non-governmental organization Director
Co-Founder, FIx CA Water (2013current)
Account Manager, Audible Magic Corporation (20082012)
Regional account Manager, Arista Corporation (20042007)
Applications Analyst, CyberSource Corporation (20012002)
Operations Administrator/ CAISO Scheduler, APX (19982001)
CTA Technical Certificate, LAN/WAN Administration (1998)
Coordinator, California Clean Money Campaign (2014current)
Volunteer, Right to Rest (2016current)
Volunteer, Fight for 15 (2016current)
Director, FIX CA WATER (2013current)
Volunteer, Marine Cpl Gurpreet Singh Memorial (20142014)

I am just like you; one of "We the People”. In my professional career, I worked in everything from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, so I understand the challenges they face in today’s political climate and economy. In 2009, I was diagnosed with cancer. During my treatment I realized that life truly can be too short.  When I became healthy, my purpose shifted towards doing something positive to help people.  So I am here today, hoping to give back to the community that has given me so much.

My life's experiences, professional expertise, technical knowledge, negotiating skills, common sense, and relationships in the Assembly uniquely qualify me to be an authentic representative of "We the People".  They position me as the best candidate to get things done for us in Assembly District 6. I am willing to commit to the enduring principles on which America was founded: responsible government, fostering industry and the drive to excel.  This District needs new, fresh, bold and principled leaders who have the courage, and dedication to support and adhere to those principles. We need a representative whose motivation for seeking elected office is not driven by what's best for the special interests, but rather, the desire to serve “We the People” as a public servant.

Born in Southern California and raised by a single mother, Brian Caples learned early on the value of hard work, perseverance, and love. He was identified as gifted early in life and spent most of his formative years studying and learning all he could. He is truly a seeker and desires to do good. He has used this education and knowledge to further his career goals working in the Silicon Valley.

In 1997, Brian graduated from a technical school earning a certification in Local Area Networking.  He worked as a server for a large 50's style diner chain while paying his way through school.  The dot come era was just beginning, and his career began in a small consulting company that managed networks for realtors and title companies.  He found he had a natural aptitude for computers.  He then moved into a position with a company that ran a stock exchange style market for the California electricity industry.  Something he had no previous experience in.  Brian worked closely with the CALPX and CAISO managing day ahead and real time scheduling.  It was a great opportunity for Brian to learn and understand how the energy system works in CA.  Brian plans to use this understanding to maintain reliability and sustainability as we move towards our green energy goals.

After 5 years there, Brian moved up and worked in a Fortune 500 company who was a leader in online credit card transaction processing.  He managed several key projects and worked in teams to solve complex infrastructure problems.  It opened up a new world of understanding for him of financial markets, banking, and credit.  He was able to interface with all of the major payment processors/credit card companies and learn how their processes work.  Brian plans to use this experience in project management and problem solving to build our infrastructure in California.

Brian moved up and accepted a job as a technical sales person at an industrial computing company.  He had no real experience in sales, but was able to use his technical background to interface with an elite world of scientists and engineers. That is where the majority of his success was in business.  As a technical sales person, his job was to negotiate multimillion dollar contracts.  He was able to present ideas clearly, and communicate value propositions effectively. His contacts were made up of executive level boards and committees.  His clients were NASA, Los Alamos, Raytheon, Boeing, and many other government sub-contractors.  His position required a high level of integrity, as most of the projects they worked on were top-secret.  The position required frequent contact with engineers and management of design specifications.  His work required a close attention to detail, and the most important skill in sales- listening.  Brian plans to use his skills of negotiation and listening to work with the scientists, engineers, and legislators to identify and create a better future for California.

While Brian had a good amount of success in business, he always felt like something was missing. He felt he lacked fulfillment in his life. About 5 years ago, Brian was diagnosed with cancer. In that moment, his whole life changed. He became much more present to the idea that life is truly precious and fleeting. It became clear that Brian had another purpose in this world besides the acquisition of material wealth and possessions. Brian realized his purpose here is to support positive change for ourselves and future generations.

Now that Brian is healthy and ready to live his goal of making a difference, he has chosen public service as the path he will take moving forward. As Brian is not a career politician, he faces many challenges. He feels up to these challenges, stating, "I have had to deal with more difficult things before." Brian is a survivor. He truly desires to provide value to the community, and support the voters in a way that has never been possible before. Brian knows he can transcend the barriers of politics, Republicans vs Democrats, so that we can unite in working towards our common goals.

In 2013, Brian created a bipartisan organization to address CA water problems. He has shown that he can succeed in bringing people together to solve complex problems and achieve real results for our State. We now have the word "water" in the Democratic party platform for the first time in part due to his efforts.

Brian believes that by working together we can create a society that works for every one.  He is committed to working with all sides to address the issues facing us in California.  As a cancer survivor, Brian has fought some tough battles in his life and won.  California needs some one like him that will fight to make California the best that it can be.

  • Assembly Speaker- Anthony Rendon
  • Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones
  • California Nurses Association
  • Assembly member Ken Cooley
  • Assembly member Kevin McCarty
  • Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery
  • Assembly member Jim Cooper
  • Assembly member Kansen Chu
  • Roseville City School Board Gary Miller
  • Twin Rivers School Board MIke Baker
  • Twin Rivers School Board Walter Kawamoto
  • WUSD Trustee Norma Alcala
  • Roseville Joint Union High School Board Rene Aguilera
  • Roseville Planning commision David Larson
  • Assembly member Mariko Yamada ret
  • UAW Postdocs
  • Los Rios Community College Federation of Teachers
  • California Federation of Labor
  • United Domestic Workers
  • Communication Workers of America
  • Sacramento-Sierra's Building and Contstuction Trades Council
  • Sacremanto Central Labor Council
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
  • United Steel Workers
1.
Drought

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 

Answer from Brian Caples:

One of the most pressing issues that currently faces California is how we are going to manage and allocate our water resources. Considering the absolute necessity of water for human life and economic activity, we need to elect representatives who are going to work to find solutions that provide enough water for all Californians. What we do not need are short-sighted decisions like the "Twin Tunnels" currently being proposed which would create absolutely no new water, would despoil thousands of acres of prime farmland, and would only exacerbate existing water pressures and shortages in Northern California.

This is why I created a bi-partisan organization to bring together recognized experts; in coming up with innovative and intelligent solutions as to how to best manage California's water resources. We need experts to develop solutions to our water problems not politicians.  We need people like me in government who are passionate about advocating for those common sense solutions that will help all Californians have adequate access to water.  The WDIC alternative to the "Twin Tunnels" BDCP aligns the principles of small government, effective spending, and maintaining the health of the Delta.

Balancing the co-equal goals setforth in law must be achieved if we are to plan effectively for long term drough situations.  Any solution to manage our Delta water must include 5 key factors:

  1.      Account for the natural variation in precipitation 
  2.      Restore the natural flow of water through the Delta, both in pattern and quantity
  3.      Protect Northern California water rights and water quality
  4.      Address the legitimate needs of Southern California residents and San Joaquin Valley farmers
  5.      Be self-regulating and not rely on complicated agreements which can only lead to litigation

 

I also firmly believe that water is a fundamental human right that must be protected.  The California Constitution Article X requires that " the water of the State be but to beneficial use to the fullest extent of which they are capable, and that the waste or unreasonable use or unreasonable method of use be prevented, and that the conservation of such waters is to be exercised with a view to the reasonable and beneficial use thereof in the interest of the people and for the public welfare"

CA Water Code Section 106 delcared that "it is the established policy of this State that the use of water for domestic water is the highest use and that the next highest use is irrigation."

CA Water Code Section 106.3 (a) further defines that "every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes."

Given these established policies and laws, it will be my job as a legislator to uphold those laws, and to ensure that moving forward we designate appropriate water resources to satisfy the public need for water, and that the public never faces shortage situations, eliminate fines and prevent future cost increase for public use of water.

 

2.
Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

Answer from Brian Caples:

It is no secret that we have a broken campaign finance system in America.  In a recent PPIC poll, a study found that 84% of Californians want more transparency into who is attempting to influence policy and buy elections in California.  In the post Citizens United era contributions to political campaigns have skyrocketed making raising money the core focus of how a legislator spends their time.  The costs to run an effective campaign now have become prohibitive for qualified candidates to run for office.  That is contrary to our founding fathers intentions who envisioned a government that is of the People, by the People, and for the People.

Unfortunately, our efforts to provide more disclosure have had unintended consequences.  Requiring campaign finance disclosure now presents yet another barrier to entry for candidates seeking to do their civic duty and hold elected office.  While I remain committed to improving transparency, I recognize that disclosing contributions is not enough.  We must take steps to address the root of the problem.  That is why I support reversing the disastrous Citizens United ruling and other court decisions that have declared that corporations are people, and that spending money in elections is free speech.  In order to address the root problem, which is the costs to run an election and the undue burdens raising money creates, I am in support of moving to public financing of elections.  A recent study showed that if every tax payer in California paid a meager $8 each per year, there would be adequate funding to support public financing of elections.

another possible solution is to reduce the size of our Assembly and Senate Districts.  CA has some of the largest Districts in the nation.  Our Senate Districts are larger than our Congressional Districts.  Not only does it create an issue where huge amounts of money are needed to run a campaign, but it diminishes the ability of the representative to effectively represent their constituents.  What is good for the people in one part of the District, might be completely different than the needs of another.  We must look for ways to reduce District sizes to make them more manageable and provide better representation for the individual needs of the areas they represent.

Until such time that we can reverse Citizens United, or we move to public financing of elections, we must continue to provide more transparency into campaign spending.  That means that we must pass legislation like AB700, SB1349, and SB254.  Governor Brown should have signed AB1200 which despite overwhelming support by our legislature to provide more transparency into the procurement process and state spending, was vetoed.  Californians have no way to know who is lobbying for billions of dollars in government contracts because they don't have to register as lobbyists.  What we have is a situation where the foxes are guarding the hen house.  This is one of the most important issues of our time, and how we respond will determine the future of our state and country.

3.
Minimum Wage

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 

Answer from Brian Caples:

I believe that no person working full time should live in poverty.  I believe that every worker deserves to live with dignity and not depend on public assistance to provide for their survival needs.  This issue has been addressed by the State legislature with the recent passage of the increase to the State minimum wage over the next 7 years.  According to the Department of labor, the arguments against raising the minimum wage are not based in fact.  In a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders urging a minimum wage increase, more than 600 economists, including 7 Nobel Prize winners wrote, "In recent years there have been important developments in the academic literature on the effect of increases in the minimum wage on employment, with the weight of evidence now showing that increases in the minimum wage have had little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum-wage workers, even during times of weakness in the labor market. Research suggests that a minimum-wage increase could have a small stimulative effect on the economy as low-wage workers spend their additional earnings, raising demand and job growth, and providing some help on the jobs front."

Another common argument is that raising the minimum wage will drastically increase the cost of goods in California.  I would assert that prices for goods have continue to rise even though the minimum wage has not changed.  When we look at other countries that have substantially higher minimum wages for fast food workers like Denmark for example, where workers at McDonalds receive over $20 per hour, paid vacation time, and paid sick leave- the cost of value meal is only slightly higher than that of the USA where workers are paid less than half.  Personally, I would rather pay slightly higher prices for goods if it means that the nearly 20 percent of people who are living in poverty in California can get off of public assistance programs and be able feed their family.

4.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?

Answer from Brian Caples:

I grew up in a household that had to make every penny count.  We abhorred waste. I will take those same values of thrift and respect for the hard work that goes into every tax dollar to do everything I can to make sure our state government is a responsible steward of our public monies. It is time to return to a mindset in which our representatives continually strive to cut waste and operate as efficiently as possible. Being a public servant entrusted with the public purse comes with the grave responsibility of doing everything one can to make sure public money is well spent. I will be proud to work diligently to curb extravagant spending and restore fiscal responsibility back to our state government.  My top 3 fiscal priorities will be:

1.  Addressing waste, fraud, and abuse of public monies by Caltrans
2.  Addressing unreasonable Administrator salaries in public agencies
3.  Reforming the RFP/RFQ processes to prevent sweetheart deals, cost overruns, and failed deliveries

Total money raised: $21,728

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
California Nurses Association
$8,500
2
California Democratic Party
$2,184
3
United Domestic Workers of America
$1,500
4
El Dorado County Democratic Campaign Coalition
$1,350
5
Placer County Democratic Party
$1,164

By State:

California 96.31%
District of Columbia 3.69%
96.31%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.44%)
Small contributions (6.56%)
93.44%

By Type:

From organizations (90.62%)
From individuals (9.38%)
90.62%9.38%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Republican
Deputy Attorney General
22,019 votes (16.3%)Winning
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  • Public Safety
  • Pro-Business Tax and Regulatory Reform
  • Education Reform
Profession:Deputy Attorney General
Total money raised: $612,373

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Walmart
$16,800
2
Irell & Manella LLP
$15,000
3
Leadership for Educational Equity
$8,576
4
Association of California School Administrators
$8,500
4
California Association of Realtors
$8,500
4
KILEY, KEVIN
$8,500

By State:

California 85.51%
New York 3.22%
Arkansas 2.78%
District of Columbia 1.97%
Other 6.52%
85.51%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.84%)
Small contributions (1.16%)
98.84%

By Type:

From organizations (36.30%)
From individuals (63.70%)
36.30%63.70%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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Republican
Small Business Owner
19,033 votes (14.1%)
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Total money raised: $488,148

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
PUGNO, ANDREW
$304,264
2
Law Offices of Andrew P Pugno
$53,632
3
State of California
$5,025
4
Intel
$2,550
5
Cooper & Kirk
$1,500

By State:

California 97.37%
Kansas 1.85%
Florida 0.33%
Ohio 0.14%
Other 0.31%
97.37%

By Size:

Large contributions (92.86%)
Small contributions (7.14%)
92.86%

By Type:

From organizations (0.58%)
From individuals (99.42%)
99.42%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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John Edward Z'Berg

Democratic
Peace Officer
15,884 votes (11.8%)
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Republican
Small Businesswoman
12,834 votes (9.5%)
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  • Increase Public Safety
  • Rein In Government Spending
  • Alleviate the Tax Burden
Profession:Small Business Owner
Direct Technology, Self-Employed; Small Business Owner (2005current)
California State University, Sacramento Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice (current)
Lorenzo Patiño Law School Juris Doctor, Law (current)
Member, Placer County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Mounted Team (2002current)
Cristi Nelson was born and raised in an area of California that rewards hard work and encourages family values. She is a fourth generation Californian and lifelong Northern California resident.

As the daughter of a Special Agent Supervisor with the California Department of Justice, Cristi’s respect for public safety was engrained in her at birth. She has turned her admiration into dedication, and currently serves as a member of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Mounted Team.

Although she commits a significant amount of time to the safety of local residents, much of Cristi’s life and vocation have been dedicated to advocating for families in the areas of finance and employment.

After graduating from Sacramento State with a degree in Criminal Justice, Cristi earned her law degree at night while working full time. Professionally, Cristi spent over a decade protecting families, business owners, and residents against lawsuits and claims that jeopardized their ability to earn a living as well as support their families. Her work helped to expedite insurance claims, save taxpayer dollars, and ensure client disputes were handled in an efficient manner.

Throughout her career, both clients and coworkers have recognized Cristi as a leader and problem solver. No matter what company or position, her hard work and common sense approach to issues have provided her with the opportunity to systematically ascend through the ranks and benefit those around her. Although fulfilling, her experience as a businesswoman in the Golden State has also been a source of frustration.

Each day, Cristi witnesses the problems associated with California’s tax-and-spend political approach to governing, and can no longer sit back and watch political decisions burden the working class and encroach or dampen the entrepreneurial spirit of a state that once had the fifth largest economy in the world.

As a Conservative Member of the Assembly, Cristi will use her experience as a taxpayer advocate and business owner to expand employment opportunities for the working class while standing up for taxpayers throughout the region. Cristi and her husband own a company based in Roseville that employs over 150 residents throughout California and along the western coast of the United States.

Cristi has been married to her husband, Rick, for 23 years, and they have a daughter, Nicole, and a son, Jake.

  • Senator Ted Gaines
  • Assemblywoman Beth Gaines
  • Placer County Sheriff Ed Bonner
  • El Dorado County Supervisor Michael Ranalli
  • Folsom Mayor Steve Miklos
  • Folsom Vice Mayor Jeff Starsky
  • Folsom Councilmember Andy Morin
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District Board Member Renee Taylor
  • El Dorado Hills Community Services District, Director Billy Vandegrift
  • Former El Dorado Hills Community Services Dist. President and Board Member Tony Rogozinski
  • Roseville Councilmember Dr. Tim Herman
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • CAL FIRE Local 2881
  • Placer County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
  • El Dorado County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association
  • Folsom Police Officers’ Association
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen
  • Lou Blanas – Sheriff (Ret.), Sacramento County
  • Jack Kearns – Chief of Police (Ret.), Sacramento Police Department
  • Spike Helmick – Commissioner (Ret.), California Highway Patrol
  • William F. Oliver – Deputy Chief (Ret.), California Highway Patrol
  • Maury Hannigan – Commissioner (Ret.), California Highway Patrol
Total money raised: $360,518

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
NELSON, CRISTI
$154,501
2
Owen-Dunn Insurance Services
$8,450
3
Direct Technology
$7,366
4
Peace Officers Research Association of California
$5,000
5
Gabriela Michanie
$4,200
5
GALLINA
$4,200
5
Hallsten Corporation
$4,200
5
Hillenbrand Insurance Solutions
$4,200
5
IBM
$4,200
5
Law Offices of Christopher Lee
$4,200
5
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
$4,200

By State:

California 96.13%
Massachusetts 2.34%
Nevada 0.81%
Arizona 0.28%
Connecticut 0.28%
Other 0.17%
96.13%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.63%)
Small contributions (0.37%)
99.63%

By Type:

From organizations (19.46%)
From individuals (80.54%)
19.46%80.54%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Jobs and Economy:

Too many Californians remain out of work and people are still struggling. Higher taxes and anti-business laws have made our state one of the worst places to do business. As a business owner, I am not surprised that companies hesitate to come to California and are leaving or expanding out of state in record numbers. We have the highest sales, income and gas taxes in the country—and our bureaucracy is openly hostile towards the private sector. This is why CEO Magazine has ranked California the worst state for business over the past 8 years. I have spent my entire career in the private sector, and I see it everyday.

The price of running a business here is drastically higher than other places and we all pay the price. Good middle-class jobs are disappearing and before California can once again open for business, we must streamline the regulatory process, lower employer costs, and stop believing that higher taxes are the solution to every problem.

The success of our hard-working families hinges on commonsense reform and job creation. As an Assemblywoman, I will never vote for a tax increase, I will oppose any job-killing legislation that comes across my desk, and I will use my private sector experience to author reforms that incentivize business expansion.

Public Safety:

I am a proud daughter of a Special Agent Supervisor with the California Department of Justice and strong supporter of law enforcement. As a student at CSU Sacramento, I studied criminal justice because I wanted to learn the process for creating good public policy and reducing crime. Public safety is one of the most important issues in which the Legislature is responsible, and without safe communities, we cannot have a thriving economy or properly educate our children.

However, recent decisions by our elected officials have demonstrated a lack of commitment to the safety of both our residents and our officers. And the Governor’s decision to implement AB 109 or prison realignment has placed our state in a tenable situation. There are thousands of hardened criminals being released each month, and many repeat offenders never see jail time due to a lack of cell space.

Unfortunately, it gets worse. The same politicians who have left our county jails overrun with criminals and jeopardized the lives of countless Californians, are now responsible for passing Prop 47. A ploy to try and lessen the continual effects of prison realignment, Prop 47 was sold as a law to reduce sentencing for petty crimes. But the law was drafted so poorly that it undermines technological advancements used for solving ongoing cases, while turning offenses such as possession of the date rape drug and robbery of a firearm by repeat offenders into misdemeanors.

I will never take our safety for granted, and I will do everything in my power to ensure criminals are off our streets and families are safe.

Water:

California is entering its fifth year of an historic drought, which will only serve to further test our dwindling water supply. The drought has been particularly tough for farmers who have seen their water allocations both threatened and taken away. Sensing the need for action, voters approved the Water Bond in Proposition 1 in 2014, and authorized the use of new funds for water related projects. Roughly $2.7 billion of the funding is dedicated to water storage. This funding is critical for constructing new reservoirs—something the state has not done since the 1970s despite our high rate of population growth.

I am a strong supporter of expanding water storage before we pursue projects like the Governor’s proposed twin tunnels under the Delta. A plan that merely allows Southern California to siphon water from our region and deplete our most valuable resource at a much faster rate. Not to mention, the cost of the tunnels project is monumental with current estimates anywhere from $14-50 billion.

Unfortunately, water is not impervious to California’s predisposition to providing unaccountable bureaucrats with too much power on critical issues. In 2014, the state passed new legislation that provided an unelected board with the authority to regulate groundwater. This will undoubtedly put even more pressure on farmers who are relying on groundwater to offset their reduced water allocations.

Government Overreach:

Modern day California has sadly become a nanny state in many ways. Instead of deferring personal decision-making or responsibility to individuals or parents, many lawmakers feel it is appropriate for the state to try and legislate morality or well being into our daily lives. I am a strong believer in personal liberty and when government gets involved in our personal decisions, we move farther away from the ideals of our founding fathers.

Our Personal freedom continues to be threatened by a large and overreaching government as well as the politicians who believe they know better. Politicians should be focused on creating policies that promote jobs and economic growth, rather than creating road blocks in the private sector.

 

For decades, our government and our publicly funded programs have grown. At the same time, our level of unemployment, high poverty rate, and underperforming public education system tell the story: It’s not working.

Republican
Small Business Owner
12,342 votes (9.2%)
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  • Job Growth
  • Regulatory Reform and Lowering Taxes
  • Education Reform
Profession:Small Business Owner
Founder/CEO, Halldin Public Relations Inc. (1999current)
Trustee, Sierra College Board of Trustees — Elected position (2011current)
Yale University Master's , Public and Private Management (1991)
Northwestern University Bachelor's, Journalism with minor in History and Economics (1984)
Member, Board of Directors, Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce (2015current)
Steering Committee Member, Sacramento/Placer Feed My Starving Children MobilePack (2010current)
Volunteer, Rocklin Police Officer Matthew Redding Memorial Foundation (2006current)
Board Member/President, Sierra College Foundation (2004current)
Board Member/Chairman, Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce (20032008)
  • U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa
  • Senator Jim Nielsen
  • Folsom Cordova Unified School District Board Member Sarah Aquino
  • Lincoln City Councilmember Stan Nader
  • Assemblyman James Gallagher
  • Assemblyman Frank Bigelow
  • Rocklin Vice Mayor Dave Butler
  • Rocklin City Councilmember Diana Ruslin
  • Rocklin City Councilmember Scott Yuill
  • Roseville Joint Union High School District Trustee Linda Park
  • Roseville Joint Union High School District Trustee Scott Huber
  • Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes
  • Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt
  • Placer County Supervisor Kirk Uhler
  • Lincoln City Councilmember Paul Joiner
  • Roseville City Councilmember Pauline Roccucci
  • Sacramento County Supervisor Susan Peters
  • Roseville Vice Mayor Susan Rohan
  • Rocklin Mayor Greg Janda
  • Roseville Mayor Carol Garcia
  • Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce PAC
  • Rocklin Area Chamber of Commerce PAC
  • Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce PAC
  • Maggie Cox
  • State Sen. TIm Leslie (Ret.)
  • Former Placer County Supervisor Jim Williams
  • Scott Hanson
  • Lew Uhler, President, National Tax Limitation Committee
  • Former Assemblymember Roger Niello
  • Former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose
1.
Drought

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 

Answer from Bill Halldin:

California needs to invest in more water storage -- beginning with Sites Reservoir. We also must work to better manage our existing water resources and work cooperatively with the federal and local governments on the management of Folsom Lake. I oppose the current plan for the twin tunnels because the plan fails to take into account rising sea levels and the impact those rising sea levels will have on the salinity of the Delta and Northern California water resources.

In future drought situations, the state must recognize the investments local water agencies have made into water storage and preparations for the drought. Governor Brown's 2015 emergency order failed to give credit to local water agencies for decades of investments to prepare for droughts. That "one-size-fits-all" approach must not be repeated. Agencies that prepare for droughts and store water in anticipation of droughts should be permitted to use that water in drought situations.  

2.
Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

Answer from Bill Halldin:

California has robust disclosure requirements, providing detailed information about contributions received. We should continue to push for easy-to-use electronic access to these records. 

3.
Minimum Wage

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 

Answer from Bill Halldin:

I oppose raising the minimum wage. California is already ranked as one of the worst places for businesses and the increased minimum wage only worsens that situation. Rather than focus on an arbitrary wage, our state should be focused on creating an environment for high-quality jobs that will far exceed the minimum wage. 

4.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?

Answer from Bill Halldin:

We need comprehensive tax reform to make California more competitive and to ensure that state spending is focused on core functions of government -- not pet projects. I oppose spending on high speed rail, for example, because it is a failed plan and not a core function of government. 

Reform of our tax structure is key to re-creating a positive climate for jobs in this state. Today, individuals and businesses leave our state to avoid our high taxes and overregulation. 

Total money raised: $342,043

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
HALLDIN, BILL
$50,800
2
Halldin Public Relations
$13,000
3
California Association of Realtors
$8,500
4
Dynamic Healthcare Solutions
$6,200
5
Park Family Insurance
$5,200

By State:

California 95.02%
New York 3.08%
Texas 0.33%
Arizona 0.30%
Colorado 0.30%
Other 0.98%
95.02%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.10%)
Small contributions (1.90%)
98.10%

By Type:

From organizations (49.50%)
From individuals (50.50%)
49.50%50.50%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Email bill@billhalldin.com
Republican
Business Chamber CEO
8,989 votes (6.7%)
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  • Enhance public safety by ensuring sure and swift punishment of those who commit crime.
  • Increase opportunities for all Californians by repealing job-killing laws and regulations on businesses.
  • Increase opportunities by expanding parental choice of schools and shifting more authority and responsibilities to local school districts and schools.
Profession:CEO Business Chamber
CEO, Auburn Chamber of Commerce (2014current)
Founder and Chairman, Greater Auburn Area Fire Safe Council — Appointed position (20062015)
Mayor and City Councilman, City of Auburn — Elected position (20022014)
Chief Health and Insurance Policy Consultant, Assembly Republican Office of Policy, California Legislature — Appointed position (19992014)
Governor Wilson's Insurance Advisory, Governor Wilson's Administration — Appointed position (19971999)
Claremont Graduate University Masters, Public Policy Analysis (1985)
UC Berkeley B.A., Political Economy (1981)
  • Congressman Tom McClintock
1.
Drought

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 

Answer from Kevin Hanley:

I favor streamlining the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to build more water storage, recycling and desalination plants.  

2.
Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

Answer from Kevin Hanley:

Create small, more compact Assembly and Senate districts.  Money has much less influence when voters get a change to know the track record of local elected officials who run for state office.  

3.
Minimum Wage

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 

Answer from Kevin Hanley:

I oppose raising the mininum wage because it reduces entry-level jobs for people.  Even Governor Brown admitted it doesn't make any economic sense to raise the minimum wage.  It is also unjust to eliminate job opportunties for poor people who want to work hard and realize the American Dream.

4.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?

Answer from Kevin Hanley:

I favor creating a Performance-Based Budget to identify state programs that are not achieving good outcomes for California citizens.  I favor reforming those programs or eliminating them.  I favor reducing taxes to Red State levels so we have less dependence on government.  

Total money raised: $235,313

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
HANLEY, KEVIN J.
$172,000
2
Flyers Energy
$4,200
2
McClintock for Congress
$4,200
3
Americans for Good Government
$2,000
3
Van Howd Studios
$2,000

By State:

California 98.69%
Arizona 0.62%
Washington 0.43%
Oregon 0.09%
Other 0.17%
98.69%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.34%)
Small contributions (1.66%)
98.34%

By Type:

From organizations (6.29%)
From individuals (93.71%)
93.71%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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Ron "Mik" Mikulaco

Republican
County Supervisors Chairman
8,239 votes (6.1%)
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Total money raised: $31,300

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Gr Trucking LLC
$4,600
2
Adval Properties
$4,200
2
Gidaro Group
$4,200
2
Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians
$4,200
3
RJP Framing
$4,000

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.60%)
Small contributions (2.40%)
97.60%

By Type:

From organizations (61.87%)
From individuals (38.13%)
61.87%38.13%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Email mik@mikforassembly.com
Republican
Trustee/Commissioner/Mediator
4,397 votes (3.3%)
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  • Roll back the "regulatory state" and reduce the tax burden that is driving businesses and opportunities out of California.
  • Address California's crumbling transportation and water infrastructure. Stop the bullet train fantasy that no one wants and that we can't afford.
  • Restore excellence to schools: Prevent schools from promoting PC social engineering schemes, stop federalization of the curriculum and ensure a stronger voice for parents.
Profession:School Board Trustee, Commisioner, Mediator
Trustee, Placer County Board of Education — Elected position (2010current)
Board Member, Past Chair, Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council — Appointed position (2011current)
Mediator, APPELLATE MEDIATION PROGRAM COURT OF APPEAL, THIRD APPELLATE DISTRICT — Appointed position (2012current)
Commissioner, Placer County Older Adult Advisory Commission — Appointed position (2013current)
Member, California County Boards of Education Legislation Committee — Appointed position (20122016)
Legal Analyst III, Sacramento City Unified School District (20062009)
Management Analyst, Dept of the Army, Office of the Program Manager, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (19972001)
Owner/Operator, Decorating Den Interior Décor, Granite Bay, CA (19941996)
Investigative Operations Assistant/Criminal Intelligence Coordinator, US Army Criminal Investigation Command, Fort Ord, CA (19911992)
Chief, Administrative Services Support Branch, US Army Criminal Investigations Command, Heidelberg, German (19881991)
California Bar Association California Bar Card, Law (2006)
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento J.D., Law (2005)
California State University, Sacramento B.A., Major: Human Biology, Minor: Chemistry (1981)
Elected Member, Placer County Republican Central Committee (2015current)
Member, Placer County Republican Assembly (2012current)
Member, Sacramento, El Dorado County Republican Assemblies (2014current)
Associate Member, American River Republican Women Federated (2010current)
Associate Member, Auburn Area, South Placer and El Dorado Hills-West Republican Women Federated (2012current)
  • Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan
  • Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
  • Sacramento Republican Women Federated
1.
Drought

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 

Answer from Suzanne Jones:

Reassesment of the Environmental Protection laws.

Many of the Environmental Protection laws preclude reasonable water management, building additional water storage, and destroy our farm lands.

2.
Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

Answer from Suzanne Jones:

It is not up to the Legislature to pass new laws restricting or limiting campaign contributions.

It is up to the voters to not elect candidates that are corrupted by the big money and heavy influence of wealthy speciual interes groups.

It is up to the voters to express their outrage and get the corrupt system of big campaign contributors changed.

3.
Minimum Wage

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 

Answer from Suzanne Jones:

Minimum Wage increases will destroy minimum wage jobs because employers will be forced to reduce employee workforce as a result of the added expense; 

 

The minimun wage increase is responsible for the innovation of new automation that will replace minimum wage employees where ever possible.

 

I do not support increasing minimum wage.  I support bringing businesses back to California, that will bring good jobs back.  

I support returning ooportunity to California so that people can become entrepeneurs and aspire to make more than just minimum wage.

4.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?

Answer from Suzanne Jones:

1.  Return Quality to our public school education.

2.  Reduce onerous taxation and regulations on both taxpayers and small businesses.

3.  Restore public safety by repealing both prop 109 and reverse some of the crime declassifications in prop 47.

Total money raised: $52,494

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
JONES, SUZANNE V.
$12,800
2
Mike Spelis
$6,600
3
California Trailblazers
$2,200
4
Sharif Jewelers
$1,785
5
Innovative Energy Services
$1,000
5
Lincoln Law School of Sacramento
$1,000

By State:

California 98.55%
Nevada 0.93%
Virginia 0.52%
98.55%

By Size:

Large contributions (92.26%)
Small contributions (7.74%)
92.26%

By Type:

From organizations (16.95%)
From individuals (83.05%)
16.95%83.05%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Small Business Owner
2,634 votes (2%)
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  • Propose policies for keeping jobs in California and create new jobs by streamlining small business opportunities by reducing start up cost, taxes and fees.
  • Affordable Education without student debt. Reduce college tuition by 30% for California students & 30% increase for foreign students. Class priority for Californians.
  • No Water tunnels or train project. Use the money for Water storage projects & clean energy.
Profession:Small business owner ,Non patrician, NOT PART OF ANY PARTY
Owner & founder of small private business., Ambrozewicz Enterprises - Architectural designer, builder of commercial projects and custom homes. Small land development. Author and life coach. (1976current)
American River College & Sierra Collage, Rocklin, Cal Studied AA Major business administration, Business Administration, Economics, business law. accounting, (1975)
Participant, Raised funds for Parkinson's foundation, Volunteered for 12 years in schools at my child"s schools. Donated funds for local charities. (1995current)

Bo immigrated leaglly to Sacramento with his family in 1964 from Poland at 10 years old. Graduated from Encina High, played 4 years vastiy soccer, MVP and captian or team. Kicker on football team. Started working at age 12 with paper routes, yard work. boy scout. 

Got building contractor license in 1976 and started his own business. Has been in the commerical and residential industry to present. 

Speaks, English, German and Polish. 

As a runner, Has fineshed 27 California International marathons. 25 50 mile American River encurance run,6 Western States 100 mile endurance runs. Has run over 600 races.

Founder of A.B.E.L Lifestye Method. Life coach and author of "Reach Life's PeaK Book".

 

 

 

 

 

  • Brent Gove, realtor and radio show host on KFBK. Unltra runners & business"s in Sacramento. Placer, ElDorado county.

Bo"s Not part of any party. California Republicans and Democrates are controlled by the leadership and special intrests lobbist which control them and no longer represtent the will of the people. That is why we shouldent have parties.  Government should be efficient and accountable for their actions.

California needs to keep jobs here and create policies to compete globally. we need to enforce our borders to stop terrorism, human and drug trafficing. English to be our unifing language.

Part time lesigislaure with a 9 month session, 10% pay cut and a 2 term limit

No GMO products in foods for people and animals. Labeling on all foods.

No fracking and more solar energy. 

 

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Republican
City Councilman
1,649 votes (1.2%)
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  • Improve the State's water infrastructure
  • Get regulatory agencies under control to improve the business environment
  • Balance the budget without new taxes and by cutting expenditures
Profession:Director at a Public Charter School
Director of Mentoring, John Adams Academy Public Charter School (2011current)
Designer/Owner, Atmosphere Design Studio (2010current)
City Councilman, City of Lincoln — Elected position (2010current)
Board member/Chair, South Placer Regional Transportation Authority — Appointed position (2010current)
Committee member, Public Utilities Committee, City of Lincoln — Elected position (2010current)
Committee member Streets & Transit, City of Lincoln — Elected position (2010current)
Mayor, City of Lincoln — Elected position (20132014)
American Public University Master of Public Administration, Environmental Policy (current)
Colorado State University Bachelor of Science, Landscape Horticulture (2006)
Brigham Young University- Idaho (transferred to Colorado State University) Associates, Landscape Horticulture (2002)
Service to Spanish speaking population, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (2008current)
Pro-bono landscape design , Lincoln Chamber of Commerce (20152015)
Pro-bono Irrigation Design, Glenn Edwards Middle School (20152015)
Pro-bono Playground Design, Auburn Boys and Girls Club (20092009)
Pro-bono Labor Hours rebuilding play equipment, South Natomas Community Park (20082008)

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