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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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District 39California State SenateNovember 8, 2016California General Election

November 8, 2016California General Election

California State SenateDistrict 39

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (608/608).

About this office

State senators introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, approve appointments to state agencies, and approve the state budget. They are elected to four-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.
Candidates are sorted in order of election results.
Democratic
Assemblywoman, San Diego County
258,686 votes (62.5%)Winning
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  • Economy & Jobs
  • Education
  • Income Inequality & Affordable Housing
Profession:Assemblywoman, San Diego County
Assemblymember, District 78, California State Assembly — Elected position (2012current)
Speaker, California State Assembly — Elected position (20152016)
Acting Mayor, City of San Diego — Elected position (20152015)
Assemblymember, District 76, California State Assembly — Elected position (20102012)
Councilmember, District 3, San Diego City Council — Elected position (20002008)
Harvard JFK School of Government Senior Executive Program (2004)
Emory and Henry College BA (1984)
Volunteer, San Diego Regional Taskforce on the Homelessness (2010current)
Volunteer, WeAllCount (2010current)
  • California Democratic Party
  • California Professional Firefighters
  • Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest
  • Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
  • San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore
  • Attorney General Kamala Harris
  • San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis
  • San Diego City Councilmember Myrtle Cole
  • San Diego City Council President Sherri Lightner
  • Former State Senator Christine Kehoe
  • Former State Senator Dede Alpert
  • Secretary of State Alex Padilla
  • Former Del Mar Mayor Lee Haydu
  • Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
  • Former Del Mar Mayor Crystal Crawford
  • San Diego City Councilmember David Alvarez
  • Lemon Grove City Councilmember Racquel Vasquez
  • San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria
  • Solana Beach Mayor Leesa Heebner
  • Imperial Beach City Councilmember Ed Spriggs
  • Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas
  • Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
  • Assemblymember Shirley Weber
  • Former State Senator Lucy Killea
  • Former State Senator Denise Ducheny
  • State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • Former Congresswoman Lynn Schenk
  • SDUSD Board Member Kevin Beiser
  • Peace Officers Research Association of California
  • California Nurses Association
  • California League of Conservation Voters
  • California Federation of Teachers, AFT
  • California Teachers Association
  • National Women's Political Caucus
  • Equality California
  • Deputy Sheriffs Association of San Diego County
  • California Bicycle Association
  • San Diego Imperial Counties Labor Council
  • California State Employees Association
  • California Association of Highway Patrolmen
  • California State Retirees
  • Emily's List
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  • CAL Fire Local 2881
  • California State Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Run Women Run
  • San Diego Municipal Employees Association
  • Service Employees International Union
  • Women's Political Committee of California
  • Professional Engineers in California Government
  • California Association of State Supervisors
  • California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
Total money raised: $720,304

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

1
SEIU California
$17,000
1
SEIU Local 1000
$17,000
1
United Domestic Workers of America
$17,000
2
California State Pipe Trades Council
$16,700
3
California State Association of Electrical Workers
$14,500

By State:

California 83.82%
District of Columbia 2.33%
New York 1.88%
Illinois 1.78%
Other 10.19%
83.82%10.19%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.69%)
Small contributions (0.31%)
99.69%

By Type:

From organizations (86.77%)
From individuals (13.23%)
86.77%13.23%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

[State law allows candidates for State Senate and State Assembly who accept voluntary campaign spending limits to submit paid candidate statements in County voter information pamplets. This candidate was ineligible to submit a paid statement.]

Republican
Small Business Owner
155,053 votes (37.5%)
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  • No new taxes
  • Empower families with parental choice
  • Reduce the tax burden and over regulation for businesses
Profession:Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
Founder & CEO, Piggyback Technologies, Inc. (2014current)
CEO, Britton Customhouse Brokers. Inc. (1995current)
Boston University Legal Studies Professional Certificate (2009)
Harvard Law School Consortium Certificate, Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives (2004)

John Renison is an entrepreneur by heart, and traditional conservative family man. He is currently Founder & CEO of Piggyback Technologies where he enables large e-commerce companies to offer on demand same-day deliveries to their customers by using innovative technologies and a distributed workforce.

John has always enjoyed starting and running businesses. In fact, by the time he was 17, he had already started working for his Mothers U.S. Customs Brokerage, Britton & Company, in which he learned the value of hard work and leadership skills. Soon afterwards, John was actively engaged within the international trade industry and business organizations as a strong advocate of the Customs Trade partnership against Terrorism and Homeland Security industry partnership programs.

In his early adulthood, John joined a border drug demand reduction initiative led by Californians for Drug Free Youth as the Bi-national Exchange Program Manager, where he demonstrated his leadership skills by bringing together a coalition of law enforcement and health officials from both sides of the border to work jointly to reduce the consumption of illicit drugs in San Diego and the Imperial Valley.

He also serves as CEO of his family business Britton & Company, which is a licensed U.S. Customs Brokerage that helps U.S. Importers and foreign manufacturers transact customs business on their behalf. John got into this line of business in 1995 right after graduating from high school. 

He enjoys serving as CEO of his family business as it has defined who he is as an entrepreneur. In early 2015, he was invited by San Diego State University as a TEDX speaker to give an inspiring talk about “how to not loose the child within” and in December 2014 John was nominated as Discover San Diego Entrepreneur of the month.

John is a past participant of the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives a Harvard/MIT/Tufts consortium and holds a Certificate in Legal Studies from Boston University. John lives with his wife Renata and two daughters Marietta and Renata in Coronado California.

  • Coronado City Councilmember Richard Bailey
  • Senator Joel Anderson
  • Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller
  • JEFF STONE-STATE SENATOR
  • BILL WELLS-MAYOR OF EL CAJON
  • ANDY VIDAK-STATE SENATOR
  • PATRICIA BATES-STATE SENATOR
  • TOM BERRYHILL-STATE SENATOR
  • MIKE MORRELL-STATE SENATOR
  • JIM NIELSEN-STATE SENATOR
  • BOB HUFF-STATE SENATOR
  • UCSD COLLEGE REPUBLICANS
  • SAN DIEGO ASIAN AMERICANS FOR EQUALITY
  • SAN DIEGO TAX FIGHTERS ASSOCIATION
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.

No answer provided.
2.
Fiscal Priorities

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

No answer provided.
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 John Renison:

I do not support any proposals to raise California's minimum wage.

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?

No answer provided.
Total money raised: $82,983

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

1
RENISON, JOHN
$47,811
2
Britton Customhouse Brokers
$27,600
3
Jean Fuller for Assembly 2018
$4,200
4
Pure Financial Advisors
$1,000
5
California Trailblazers
$862

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.93%)
Small contributions (0.07%)
99.93%

By Type:

From organizations (10.99%)
From individuals (89.01%)
10.99%89.01%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

I understand the value of hard work. I am raising my family in San Diego because it is the greatest city in the world. At an early age, I joined my family owned small business and under my leadership, we have created many jobs for our community and strongly believe that government should aid innovation and advancement, not stifle it.

My experience in the on demand economy sector with the creation of my startup has helped me understand the needs of San Diego’s economy first hand. I know how to run a business and how to adapt to an ever changing world. I can lead our area the same way I have led my business, with common sense practices and real world ideas. Recently I was Discover San Diego Entrepreneur of the Month and have been an inspirational speaker on entrepreneurship. 

I understand what it will take to have California ready for the 21st century. I know how to work around the clock to achieve real results and not be another in a long line of ineffective Sacramento politicians that are there to please special interestsI will dedicate my time and energy to making San Diego safe and successful. Most of all, I want to make sure that we have a fantastic place for my family and yours.

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

[State law allows candidates for State Senate and State Assembly who accept voluntary campaign spending limits to submit paid candidate statements in County voter information pamplets. This candidate was eligible to submit a paid statement, but chose not to do so.]

— October 3, 2016 Candidates campaign.

John Renison provides a brief overview on what is required to jumpstart California's economic growth. 

— October 3, 2016 Candidates campaign.

John Renison speaks about California having the potential to prosper. 

News

Sate [sic] legislative races — October 23, 2016 San Diego Union-Tribune
Sacramento Report: San Diego’s Lame Legislative Races — September 23, 2016 Voice of San Diego

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