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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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District 68California State AssemblyNovember 8, 2016California General Election

November 8, 2016California General Election

California State AssemblyDistrict 68

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (275/275).

About this office

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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Who’s Running?

For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election appear in the general election. This is because of California's "top two" system. In some cases, the two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Republican
Mayor/Orange County Businessman
114,210 votes (60.3%)Winning
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  • No new tax
  • No negative business regulations
  • Pro-Education
Profession:MAYOR OF IRVINE
Vice President, New Era Academy (2014current)
Mayor, City of Irvine — Elected position (2012current)
Founder and CEO/President, Dr. Choi's Academy (19902014)
Councilmember, City of Irvine — Elected position (20042012)
Adjunct Professor, Coastline Community College (19812004)
School Board Member, Irvine Unified School District — Elected position (19982004)
Lecturer, University of California, Irvine (19951997)
Assitant Professor, USC (19751981)
University of Pittsburgh Ph.D., Library & Information Science (1976)
Louisiana State University Master's, Library Science (1971)
President's Advisory Council, Concordia University, Irvine (1999current)
Chairman, OC Great Park Corporation (2016current)
Board member, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) (2012current)
Vice Chair, OC Great Park Corporation (20152015)
Board Member, OC Great Park Corporation (20042014)
  • California Small Business Association
  • California Republican Taxpayers Association
  • Diane Harkey, California State Board of Equalization Member
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 Steven S. Choi:

Put the human lives over Delta Smelt small fish.

2.
Fiscal Priorities

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

Answer from Steven S. Choi:

Creat more jobs in California by deregulating the negative business regulations.

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 Steven S. Choi:

No, I do not. The entry level jobs for young people will become fewer and fewer.

4.
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 Steven S. Choi:

Prohibit contributions from unions or organizations.

Total money raised: $450,020

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

1
CHOI, STEVEN
$50,000
2
California Association of Realtors
$17,000
3
Great Far East
$12,600
4
Irvine Company
$8,400
4
Valley Maintenance Corp
$8,400

By State:

California 97.23%
Ohio 0.80%
Michigan 0.78%
Pennsylvania 0.45%
Texas 0.45%
Other 0.29%
97.23%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.51%)
Small contributions (0.49%)
99.51%

By Type:

From organizations (50.69%)
From individuals (49.31%)
50.69%49.31%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Email drstevenchoi@gmail.com
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Sean Jay Panahi

Democratic
Attorney at Law
75,231 votes (39.7%)
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Total money raised: $79,194

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

1
PANAHI, SEAN JAY
$37,217
2
ETAP
$3,000
3
First Team Real Estate
$2,000
4
Jafari Law Group
$1,500
4
Pci Management
$1,500

By State:

California 87.76%
New Jersey 5.33%
New York 5.33%
0.82%
Other 0.76%
87.76%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.59%)
Small contributions (0.41%)
99.59%

By Type:

From organizations (5.77%)
From individuals (94.23%)
94.23%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Email vote@panahiforassembly.com

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