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San Diego County Republican Party — Republican PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Assembly District 77

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Richard Rider

Taxpayer Advocate
11,727 votes (7.13%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • No new taxes!
  • Reverse the anti-business climate in CA.
  • Scale back nanny government.



Biography of Richard Rider

(Updated April, 2016)


Phone:  (858) 530-3027     E-mail:    BLOG:

AGE:  70

EDUCATION:  B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968

MILITARY SERVICE:  Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve). Vietnam veteran, though never stationed in-country.

OCCUPATION:  Retired stockbroker and financial planner.  Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners.  Retired telecommunications brokerage business owner.


  • Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters – an unabashedly pro-taxpayer, all volunteer, grassroots organization

  • National Taxpayers Union

  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

  • San Diego County Taxpayers Association

  • Republican Party



  • Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers well over 14 billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego County taxpayers.

  • Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13.  Has written ballot arguments against dozens of county and state tax increase initiatives.

  • County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164).

  • Libertarian Party candidate for Congress in 1986 and 1988.  LP candidate for governor in 1994.

  • Candidate for the nonpartisan 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote).  About the size of a Congressional district.

  • 1993 – Appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board.

  • 1996 – Appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by then state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle.

  • Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a citizen vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center and baseball ballpark.

  • 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold.


  • 2009 – Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s “California Tax Fighter of the Year.”  Largely as a result, the San Diego City Council declared 4 October, 2009 “Richard Rider Day.”

  • 2011 – Guest on the national Fox Business news network.

  • 2012 – Weekly commentator on San Diego TV-6 morning news – XETV-6.


FAMILY:  Married.  Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher.  Two sons, ages 37 and 32. 

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