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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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District 9California State AssemblyNovember 8, 2016California General Election

November 8, 2016California General Election

California State AssemblyDistrict 9

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (402/402).

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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Jim Cooper

Democratic
Assemblymember
109,979 votes (66.8%)Winning
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  • Jobs: Stabilize our economy through encouraging new job development. We need to support small businesses, encourage entrepreneurship, and incentivize new businesses to locate to our region and state.
  • Education: I want to restore funding to K through 12 education, invest in universal pre-kindergarten education, and increase funding in higher education so we can roll back tuition rates.
  • Public Safety: We need to ensure that police and fire departments – and the whole criminal justice system – has the resources needed to achieve their goals of protecting and serving the public.
Profession:Assemblymember, Reitred Sheriff's Captain, and Former Councilmember
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2014current)
Captain, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department (19842014)
Councilmember, Elk Grove City Council — Elected position (20002014)
Saint Mary's Masters , Organizational Leadership (current)
West Point Leadership Academy Graduate (current)
FBI National Academy Graduate (current)

ssistant Majority Leader Jim Cooper proudly represents California’s 9th Assembly district, which includes the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Galt, and Lodi. Cooper currently serves on several committees, including: Public Employees Retirement and Social Security Committee, Governmental Organization Committee, Insurance Committee, Privacy and Consumer Protection Committee, Budget Committee, and Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration. Cooper also serves as Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Community Law Enforcement Relations and Responsibilities.

Assistant Majority Leader Cooper has an extensive background in law enforcement and local government.

Before joining the Assembly, Cooper served as a Captain in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department for 30 years and spent 14 years as Elk Grove’s founding mayor and councilmember. He established solid governing values, balanced the city’s budget, and built a city from the ground up.

Cooper has earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star for Bravery for actions during the 1991 “Good Guys” hostage crisis. He also spent three years working as the Department’s spokesperson and spent nearly a decade working as an undercover narcotics officer and gang detective –investigating illegal activity to fight drug trafficking in Northern California.

Community service is a significant part of Assemblymember Cooper’s life. He has served on the boards of the Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home.

Cooper grew up in Sacramento and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Academy and FBI National Academy. He earned a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College.

  • Hundres of local electeds and community leaders
  • California Democratic Party
  • California Labor Federation
  • California Cattlemen's Association
  • California FARM PAC
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • California Nurses Association
  • California Assocaition of Highway Patrolmen
Total money raised: $1,364,743

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

1
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
$17,000
1
California State Council of Laborers
$17,000
1
Peace Officers Research Association of California
$17,000
1
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
$17,000
2
California State Association of Electrical Workers
$16,900

By State:

California 76.30%
District of Columbia 3.66%
Texas 3.58%
Illinois 2.09%
Other 14.37%
76.30%14.37%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.79%)
Small contributions (0.21%)
99.79%

By Type:

From organizations (97.09%)
From individuals (2.91%)
97.09%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Republican
Business Security Consultant
54,729 votes (33.2%)
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  • Remove restrictive regulations to California Businesses
  • Build tax incentive programs for Business Development
  • Promote energy saving programs
Profession:Corporate President
President, Commercial Services Group of CA, Inc. (1996current)
Committee Member, Elk Grove Disability Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2015current)
East Texas Baptist University Bachelors Degree , Business (1987)
Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science Diploma in Mortuary Science, Mortuary Science (1981)
  • California Republican Party
  • Howard Jarvis Tax Payers PAC
  • California Republican Assembly
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 Tim Gorsulowsky:

California has been behind in developing programs to integrate new resourses for water storage. It is imperative that new resevoirs are built to maintain a larger water storage. Desalination plants are essential to ultimately provide water to the ever growing population in California. 

2.
Fiscal Priorities

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

Answer from Tim Gorsulowsky:

1. We need to reduce and/or eliminate programs that duplicate U.S. Government programs.

2. 

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 Tim Gorsulowsky:

No, wage base should be structured by region. Many regions in California have extremely high costs of living, while others are more affordable. Offering a regional base rate, we would better serve the community with costs while offering the employee a comenserate pay scale.

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 Tim Gorsulowsky:

Reduce the expenditure and contribution limits made by PACS.

Total money raised: $14,483

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

1
Santa Clara County Republican Party
$6,899
2
Charles T. Munger
$6,200
3
California Trailblazers
$1,113
4
John Fronefield
$170

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.31%)
Small contributions (0.69%)
99.31%

By Type:

From organizations (55.71%)
From individuals (44.29%)
55.71%44.29%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Email tim@gorsulowskyforassembly.com

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