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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 41

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Alan S. Reynolds

Engineer/City Commissioner
7,143 votes (6.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Anti-Corruption/Campaign Finance Reform
  • Modern Technology in Politics for better representation and improved government
  • Better Innovation for Economic Revival in the State. Early Childhood Education & Care, State Bank for improved cost management of infrastructure and small business financing



Profession:Engineer, City Commissioner, Independent Political Advocate
Chief Engineer, International Cooling Enterprises (2014–current)
Secretary, Freeway & Transportation Commission — Appointed position (2016–current)
Vice-Chair, Freeway & Transportation Commission — Appointed position (2014–2015)
Owner/Founder/Vice-President, Reynolds Sales & Consulting (2010–2014)
Vice-Chair, Freeway & Transportation Commission — Appointed position (2013–2014)
Secretary, Freeway & Transportation Commission — Appointed position (2012–2013)
Commissioner, Parks & Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2010–2011)
Sales Engineer, Dura Sales of Southern California (2006–2010)


University of Southern California (USC) Bachelor's of Science, Aerospace Engineering (2006)


Who am I?


First of all, I hate politics. I'm disgusted by how it brings out the worst in people. But I view it as a necessary evil that should not be surrendered only to those who glory in it.

I have come to realize that I will not find success in electoral politics due to the expenditure of time or money, as I am lacking in sufficient quantities of either to compete head to head. Instead I must rely on simple messages which (hopefully) resonate with people.


Guiding me are ideas such as other quotes on this page from Lincoln and JFK as well as:

"However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterward the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." ―George Washington

When it comes down to it I am just a regular guy who is tired of all the political "junk". I am tired of feeling like those we elect to “represent us” are out of touch with our every-day issues and lives. That is further compounded by a situation where so many people don’t have the time or energy to participate in our political system, or don’t feel like it will make a difference because of the money influencing the system or some rigged game promoting the status quo.

We end up with more lawyers because they can “win arguments” and they have money. We end up with re-elected incumbents due to name recognition and the attention they can pay to being re-elected while other candidates have to work at their actual jobs for a living.

I run on the simple platform that I have outlined because those are the things I view as top priorities in getting the process of real citizen government headed back in the right direction for our future. Yes there are many other important issues, but these simple things are where it starts.

I run because someone has to stand up and say “Enough is enough, we need people in government who are not perfect reflections of what is expected, but who are real people fighting to do what is right for all of us!”

Thank you for reading and please feel free to add your input as this process is supposed to be inclusive of all of us, not reliant on a few individuals making decisions on their own.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

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 Alan S. Reynolds:

We need an all of the above approach. Improve damaged watersheds, promote building materials that are water permeable so that run off goes into the ground not the ocean. Increase storage as well as wastewater treatment plants, utilize desalinization where appropriate as well as newer technologies to clean water, and also take a look at our neibhoring states to see if there are ways to transport water here.

Cut, Cut, Cut will only go so far with an increasing population, we need to apply technology, innovation and problem solving for the long term, not just bandaids for the short.

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 Alan S. Reynolds:

Provide matching funds for candidates guarenteeing small dollar donors. Providing free of charge candidate statements (at least on government websites). Shorter election & fundraising cycles so that the deluge of materials from those with more money is not as large. Easier access to a central location for all this information.

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 Alan S. Reynolds:

This is complicated, the miniumum wage is not enough for people to live off of in AD 41, but businesses are struggling. We need to find a way to get a balance between cost of living and wages, while brining better quality jobs to both the district and California. This is an issue which is also driven by the national agenda and the continuing rise of cheap imported goods. This also ties into my other prioritiy of incentivizing innovation for better jobs in CA.

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
Answer from Alan S. Reynolds:

Promoting a State Bank for better investment into municipalities and small businesses.

Increased incentivization for Innovation, ranging from ideas from our various Universities, individual innovators, and startups. Getting these out and into the world, creating new concepts, creates new markets, and new jobs.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

To make this simple:

Politicians make promises that are rarely kept. Instead I will commit to bringing a problem solving background (engineer) to working for our future. I can do this because it is who I am already.


Do you like the “status-quo”? Do you like the current norm of the political culture in California? If so, then I am not the candidate for you.

If you want an advocate for a modern “...government of the people, by the people, for the people.” using 21st century technology. If you want to fight political corruption. If you want to lean out the massive complexity of government into a more efficient, better machine for the will of the people. If you want someone who looks past divisive politics; with an engineering based problem solving approach. Then I am the candidate for you.

Path to success:


I will be straightforward, the only way this campaign will be successful is as a "Frankenstein's Monster" coalition. Independents, Anti-Establishment Democrats (aka Bernie-crats) and a big chunk of Republicans looking for a new future for our state.



In politics what I want to be more than anything is authentic, honest and straightforward (which is a bit redundant since "authentic" is inclusive of honest and straightforward). For me the most important goal is better representation for all of us. This takes getting the corruption of money out of politics and using modern technology to better engage government and politicians with those they represent. I reiterate this in different ways (kind of starts to feel redundant) but to me these are the key starter issues that need to come first. If I am elected you will get me, a regular unedited person, flaws and all. I will not "say what needs to be said" to get elected and I will use my problem solving background (engineering) to work on any issues that are put in front of me. Sometimes defining this mentality in easily digestible "campaign bites" is hard and not what we are used to, but it is how I think and who you would be electing.


 "I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."
- George Washington, 1st President of the United States (and only Independent)


I do not pretend to be perfect in anything, much less politics. All I can be is myself, and hopefully the best version of me possible. This is why I try to leave the trail of my progression out in the open. Am I the best person to “fix the system”? If I am we are screwed. But I do aspire to try. My Independence, if I am successful, may seem to some to be an accomplishment, in and of itself, but my goal is much loftier. To follow the path as described by this quote, and be the “honest politician” that Washington hoped to be. This may doom me to failure, but at some point we need to hold those who lead and represent us to a higher standard.


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