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June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

State of California — ” C. T. Weber, Candidate for Secretary of State

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C. T. Weber

Peace and Freedom
Retired Government Analyst
61,310 votes (0.9%)
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  • Create fair elections of legislators by replacing the horrible, choice limiting, top two system with proportional representation
  • Get big money out of our elections by allowing for a clean money type of equal public funding of candidate campaigns
  • Allow for publicly owned, open source paper ballot voting systems
Profession:Retired analyst from California Highway Patrol
Analyst, California Highway Patrol (1999–2004)
Special Agent, California Public Utilities Commission (1982–1998)
Member, California Coastal Commission, Long Beach Advisory Committee — Appointed position (1977–1980)
Member, Joint Committee for Revision of the California Elections Code, Advisory Committee — Appointed position (1972–1975)
California State University Long Beach Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Public Administration, History (1980)
El Camino College Associate of Arts, History (1967)
Director of Public Relations, Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA) (2017–current)
Legislative Committee, California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) (2012–current)
Ambassardor, California State Retirees (CSR) (2005–current)
Delegate, Sacramento Central Labor Council (2017–current)
Member, Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) (2016–current)

 

C. T. Weber of Sacramento was elected as Peace and Freedom Party of California State Chair three times (1972-1974, 1996-1998, 2010-2012), organized its State Conventions in 1970, 1974, 1992 and the National Convention in 1971; and currently serves as its Legislative Committee Chair.

C. T. Weber was a long time union organizer, steward, and elected leader (including four two-year terms on the powerful California State Employees Association (CSEA), Board of Directors. As Service Employees International Union, Local 1000, District Labor Council 784 president, he served on the SEIU Local 1000 State Council and was a delegate to the Sacramento Central Labor Council. Currently, he continues to serve as a delegate to the Sacramento Central Labor Council representing California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA). He is also the Director of Public Relations for the Retired Public Employees Association (RPEA).

C. T. Weber has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He served three years on the Joint Legislative Committee for Revision of the California Elections Code, Advisory Committee and three years on the California Coastal Commission, Long Beach Advisory Committee. In addition, he has been active in the peace, electoral reform, and social, economic and environmental justice movements for over 50 years.

C. T. Weber co-founded several alternative institutions including the Long Beach Free Clinic, a soup kitchen and free store for the unemployed and a crash pad for the homeless. He is retired from the State of California where he worked as a Special Agent and a Government Analyst.

Because I am running for California Secretary of State, tthe chief elections official in the state, I will limit my views to voting and democratic ideas.

Do you ever feel like your vote just doesn’t count? Like no one in government is paying attention to you and your issues? Well, you’re not alone. For years polls have shown that large majorities of people want a third party. Yet it hasn’t happened.  Do you wondered why?

Well, our election systems give illusions of democracy but election laws, private money and mainstream corporate media prevents representation for many of us.

Most of our election are held in districts where only one person can win and which are gerrymandered to be one party districts. Very few districts are competitive. By contrast, most democratic republics elect several legislators from each district using some form of Proportional Representation (PR) where parties and independent candidates are elected in proportion to the number of votes received. Using the most popular form of PR, we could simply vote for the party or independent candidate of our choice. If a party’s candidates get most of the votes that party’s candidates get most of the seats, not all of them; and if a party or independent candidate gets 10% of the vote then that party or independent candidate gets 10% of the seats rather than none of them. That way the majority is protected and minorities get voice and representation. If fact, we can save taxpayers tens of millions of dollars by eliminating the primary and use PR to elect those running for legislative and representative seats in the general election.

Currently, our choices have been reduced to only two candidates on the general election ballot. This makes the smaller alternative parties less visible. Let’s have more choices on the general election ballot by replacing top two with proportional representation.

We must remove the negative influence of private money by having a clean money type of equal public funding. Encourage more candidates by eliminating filing fees or at least providing a reasonable alternative to them by drastically reducing the number of signatures in lieu of filing fees. The Voters Information Guide must provide us with the knowledge needed to make informed decisions. Provide future candidates statements without cost, as was done in the past. Eliminate the current fees of up to $6,250.

The integrity of our elections is being questioned. The voting systems are privately owned and the content is restricted. In addition, the systems are subject to hacking. To protect our security and encourage transparenty, we need to have publicly owned, open source paper ballot voting systems.

Building Political Power for Poor People: What good is it to vote if you cannot elect poor people to public office?

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Poor people’s issues cannot be understood and resolved until poor people are able to run for office and be elected. 

Poor people’s issues cannot be understood and resolved until poor people are able to run for office and be elected. In 1974, some 40 plus years ago, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled 9-0 in Lubin v Panish that California’s filing fees were unconstitutional because there was not a reasonable alternative for poor people to get on the ballot. The reasonable alternative, which California has put in place is more costly in time, energy and money than just paying the unconstitutional filing fees. That so called reasonable alternative is to gather thousands of valid signatures in lieu of filing fees, a task that no volunteer effort by a statewide candidate has been able to accomplish.

Even if our progressive legislators suddenly found it in their hearts, and I doubt it, to drastically reduce the filing fees and/or the number of signatures in lieu of filing fees to a reasonable level so that poor people can get on the ballot, other obstacles still stand in the way of getting their messages to voters. For example, the Voters Information Guide put out by the California Secretary of State charges candidates $25 a word for a statement. How many poor people can afford $6,250.00 for a 250 statement? Years ago, there were no charges for these statements and there should be no charges today. Of course, the real solution to these high costs is to get money out of our elections all together. Big money is corrupting our electoral system. It is time for equal public funding for all ballot qualified candidates. These are public elections not corporate elections and therefore the public should pay for them, not be sold to the highest bidder.

In short, our elections are not fair. They discriminate against the poor, against women, against people of color, and against those with different political ideas. This twisted system will remain until we change it. We need more choices in our general elections than only two. It is past time to replace that horrible “top two” system which limits our choices in November with a system that allows the representation of various constituencies in the legislature in proportion to the number of votes they receive. That is, of course, Proportional Representation.

Poor people, just like most everyone else want secure and transparent elections. Let’s move away from propriety owned software and implement publicly owned, open-source paper ballot voting systems.

Let’s all go out and build our movement for change. Change that will allow poor people to get on the ballot, run a viable campaign, and get elected to office. That is Poor People’s Power!

A statement by C. T. Weber, Peace and Freedom Party candidate for California Secretary of State

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