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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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Member, District 4 —California Board of EqualizationJune 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

California Board of EqualizationMember, District 4

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (5,019/5,019).

About this office

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Who’s Running?

For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election advance to the general election. The two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Republican
Taxpayer Advocate/Senator
492,122 votes (31.2%)Winning
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Total money raised: $295,701

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
AT&T
$22,355
2
Barona Band of Mission Indians
$12,000
3
Facebook
$9,700
4
California Chamber of Commerce
$9,000
5
BNSF Railway
$7,300
5
Employees of Hamann Companies
$7,300

By State:

California 82.85%
District of Columbia 3.28%
Texas 2.47%
North Carolina 2.37%
Other 9.03%
82.85%9.03%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.99%)
Small contributions (0.01%)
99.99%

By Type:

From organizations (90.43%)
From individuals (9.57%)
90.43%9.57%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Democratic
Public Interest Advocate
269,044 votes (17%)Winning
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Republican
Small Business Owner
263,294 votes (16.7%)
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Democratic
Board of Equalization Property Tax Administrator
234,534 votes (14.9%)
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  • Restore the capacity for the Board of Equalization to continue its important oversight of California's property tax system.
  • Protecting taxpayer rights while ensuring efficient and fair administration of the property tax system.
  • Continue my service as an experienced steward of good governance with the Board of Equalization.
Profession:Board of Equalization Property Tax Administrator

David Dodson has worked as a Property Appraiser, Instructor, and Supervisor with the Board of Equalization for over twenty-five years. He has developed a high degree of expertise, experience, and high level contacts in this specialized field. A business graduate from the University of Arizona David also attended San Diego State University. David has worked for the Los Angeles County Assessor and proudly served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve. David lives in Dana Point with wife Penny and has two college age children, Emily and Alex. Originally from Manhattan Beach David enjoys surfing and outdoor sports.

 

David is in charge of the Southern California office of the Board of Equalization’s Property Tax Department. Until recently, the Property Tax department was a small division of a much larger Board overseeing a wide variety of tax programs. Legislation was passed to strip the Board of most of its duties and responsibilities. Once in charge of 4,800 employees and collecting over $60 billion in taxes, the Board now oversees only the Property Tax Department. The Property Tax Department has been David’s life’s work.

 

The taxpayers of California deserve to have knowledgeable representation to protect their rights. When the incumbent left the race David took the opportunity to offer his service. Long known as a place for termed out career politicians, the Board of Equalization now needs experienced leadership to guide it forward in its new role.

 

The Board of Equalization Property Tax department oversees the fifty-eight county assessors and administers state property tax assessments. The Property Tax Department also provides expert technical support and education to the assessor’s and the public. In his twenty-five years with the Board David has achieved an advanced understanding of the complex property tax system and has served in a variety of capacities in the department. David especially enjoys helping taxpayers and assessor’s staff navigate complicated property tax situations.

 

David was born at Army Hospital in Fort Knox, Kentucky and his family soon headed west to California. His father was a Berkeley Law graduate and Los Angeles area attorney. His mother is a well respected teacher who is retired from Cypress College. David’s brother Rick has had a long career in the television and film industry in Hollywood. David’s sister teaches school in Palos Verdes. David has been married to his wife Penny for twenty-three years. Penny works in special education in South Orange County. David’s daughter Emily is attending college in Arizona and his son Alex is attending college in Minnesota.

 

Since entering the property tax field David has always gone to great lengths to seek additional education and experience in order to stay current in his profession. After graduating in business with a specialization in regional development David successfully perused a certificate of competence in real estate. David became a real estate broker and entered the mortgage business. David became interested in real estate appraisal and became a property tax appraiser with the Los Angeles County Assessor. This led to his career with the Board of Equalization. David continues to take advantage of educational opportunities that are relevant to his specialization in property taxation. Considering the new direction of the Board of Equalization, David is the most experienced and qualified candidate for this seat and will help guide the new Board members after his election.

Total money raised: $750

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Democratic Women of South Orange County
$250
2
Employees of State of California
$150
3
Employees of CGO Ligvist Technologies
$100
4
Employees of HUD
$50
4
Employees of South Coast Water District
$50

By State:

California 86.67%
Washington 13.33%
86.67%13.33%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (33.33%)
From individuals (66.67%)
33.33%66.67%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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Ken Lopez-Maddox

Democratic
Education Outreach Liaison
228,811 votes (14.5%)
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Republican
Healthcare Equality Advocate
58,642 votes (3.7%)
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Republican
Tax Consultant
32,105 votes (2%)
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