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District 76 —California State AssemblyJune 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

California State AssemblyDistrict 76

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (242/242).

About this office

State assembly members introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and draft the state budget. They are elected to two-year terms.
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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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Democratic
Journalist/Community Advocate
28,755 votes (26.2%)Winning
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  • Guaranteed Healthcare for All. SB 562, the Healthy California Act, will create a single-payer system that will cover every Californian regardless of income, improve overall access, lower individual costs, and reduce the burden on employers.
  • We must solve California's housing emergency. Communities are stronger when we live where we work. Commuting accelerates climate change and takes a toll on our financial resources, our communities, our families, and our quality of life.
  • Increased investment in K-12 public schools and public school teachers and a return to California's original promise of tuition-free college, trade or technical school. We must invest in our kids--not saddle them with crushing debt.
Profession:Journalist, Activist, Community Organizer
Freelance writer, editor, communications consultant, LW Communications (1993–current)
Digital Content Proofreader, MoveOn.org (2013–current)
Director of Communications and Campaign Outreach, People Demanding Action (social justice nonprofit) (2015–2017)
Digital Content Proofreader, Ultraviolet (2014–2015)
Staff Writer, South Bend Tribune (1979–1981)
Indiana University, South Bend Bachelors, English, writing concentration (journalism) (1992)
Total money raised: $68,843

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

1
Crotty Consulting, Inc.
$4,400
2
Wilco Productions
$4,350
3
Employees of Strelitzia Ventures
$4,000
4
Employees of Singleton Law Firm
$3,100
5
Elizabeth Warren
$2,401

By State:

California 92.76%
Indiana 4.66%
Louisiana 1.72%
Michigan 0.52%
Other 0.34%
92.76%

By Size:

Large contributions (84.21%)
Small contributions (15.79%)
84.21%15.79%

By Type:

From organizations (20.63%)
From individuals (79.37%)
20.63%79.37%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

STATE ASSEMBLY

76th District

ELIZABETH WARREN AGE: 58

Journalist/Public Policy Advocate

I’m running for State Assembly to be the voice for my neighbors. Working people are being nickel and dimed into poverty and it must stop before we lose our middle class. North County residents work hard. We deserve stronger communities, quality of life, and hope for tomorrow. Our kids and grandkids deserve a chance.

Education, healthcare, senior and veterans’ services, small businesses, public safety and our infrastructure all suffer from a lack of funding—even as we pay some of the highest taxes in the nation. We need more responsible government. We need state legislators who understand they answer to us—not the other way around.

As a journalist I’ve written about the changing economy and the struggles of working people. As the daughter of a veteran and a mom I lost to cancer, I understand the challenges of navigating the system, and managing on limited resources. I want to do better for our seniors and veterans. My husband turned 65 last year, and though our kids are grown, I still clip coupons. I understand the sacrifices every parent makes—and I want to lessen that load for other families.

My experience with a system that seemed stacked against working people is what motivated me to spend years working as an advocate for change. I’ve lobbied from Sacramento to ashington D.C. for more responsible public policy. As your State Assembly representative, I will work to make our lives better.

To learn more, visit: www.LizWarren4CA.com 

The video tells the story of how and why I became an activist, the issues that I'm passionate about, why I'm running for office, what I plan to do if elected, and why my neighbors in the district should vote for me. 

Democratic
City Councilmember/Businesswoman
27,566 votes (25.1%)Winning
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  • FULLY FUNDING PUBLIC SCHOOLS: I am a mother and former PTA leader strongly supported by local teachers because I am committed to fully funding our public schools, expanding access to after-school programs, and making community college tuition free.
  • STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS: I will strengthen our unique communities, by maintaining fast emergency response times, ensuring funding for safe roads for all users, incentivizing affordable housing and supporting law enforcement policies that increase trust.
  • PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT: Earlier this year, I helped create the most ambitions climate action plan in San Diego County. I will fight to protect our coastlines, invest in renewable energy technologies, and keep our air and water clean.
Profession:City Councilmember / Buisnesswoman
City Councilmember, City of Encinitas (2016–current)
Owner and Designer, Maya and Me Handmade - a handmade, sensory-friendly clothing for little girls (2015–current)
City Councilmember, City of Encinitas — Elected position (2016–current)
Planning Commissioner, Old Encinitas, City of Encinitas — Appointed position (2015–2016)
Senior Communications Manager, INTO University Partnerships - an international higher education company (2013–2014)
Senior Communications Manager, Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile International - an international Global Fortune 500 company (2006–2012)
Manager and Owner, 2B Designs -- A boutique communications agency serving non-profits, international organizations and businesses (2000–2006)
Claremont Graduate University A.B.D., Political Science (2003)
Claremont Graduate University M.A., International Studies (1998)
University of California, Berkeley B.A., Political Science (1995)
Vice President of Programs, Paul Ecke Central Elementary School P.T.A. (2015–2016)
Head of the Traffic and Safety Committee, Paul Ecke Central Elementary School P.T.A. (2015–2016)

I am a City Councilmember, former PTA leader, businesswoman, mother, and third-generation North County resident. Prior to my election to the Encinitas City Council in 2016, I served as a member of the city’s planning commission. Professionally, I have worked for global Fortune 500 companies, non-profits, and higher education institutions. In response to my daughter’s struggle with sensory process disorder, I started a business designing sensory-friendly clothing for little girls. 

I earned an A.B.D. in Political Science and a M.A. in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University Institute of Politics and Policy. I received my B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. 

My husband and I are the proud parents of two children. 

Total money raised: $293,171

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

1
SEIU California
$17,600
1
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
$17,600
2
Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
$10,000
2
United Domestic Workers of America
$10,000
3
IBEW 569 and employees
$8,900

By State:

California 94.72%
District of Columbia 5.18%
Georgia 0.03%
New York 0.03%
Wisconsin 0.03%
94.72%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.48%)
Small contributions (2.52%)
97.48%

By Type:

From organizations (73.85%)
From individuals (26.15%)
73.85%26.15%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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Republican
Businessman/Educator
23,155 votes (21.1%)
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  • Work to make California more business friendly, so our economy grows and creates jobs.
  • Expand charter schools in order to provide more educational choices.
  • Fight to make the government spend our taxes dollars efficiently. I'll shine a light on government waste and work to stop poorly managed projects like the bullet train.
Profession:Businessman / Educator
Professor / Adjunct Faculty, National University (2017–current)
Cause Leadership Instructor at the Sanford School of Philanthropy, National University - Sanford School of Philanthropy (2016–2016)
Vice President of External Relations, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (2010–2015)
Government Affairs and Marketing/Business Development Consultant, Self (2006–2010)
Vice President of Strategy and Government Relations, Crossflo Systems (2003–2006)
INSEAD Executive Education, Negotiation Dynamics (2002)
Thunderbird School of Global Management Masters of Business Administration, Global Marketing, Asia Focus (1996)
University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business Bachelor of Science, Entrepreneurship (1990)
Founders Board Member, Preuss School at UCSD (2012–current)
Vice Commander, Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 416, Encinitas, CA (2016–current)
Board of Directors, Pedal The Cause (2012–2016)

After an international business career, which took him throughout the world including seven years in Singapore, Phil turned his focus to life sciences and philanthropy. As an executive at the La Jolla-based Sanford-Burnham Institute, a world-renowned leader in cancer research, Phil helped create and fund medical research for cancer, as well as efforts directed at Wounded Warriors. At the nexus of life sciences and technology, Phil has worked as a catalyst for our North County economy.

North County is growing fast and creating new and diverse jobs. Phil will be a representative in Sacramento who understands our local economy and the important companies driving its growth. Phil is focused on the infrastructure and quality of life issues facing our region, and how to best address them and protect our region.

A graduate of USC’s Marshall School of Business with a Master of Business Administration from Thunderbird School of Global Management, Phil was born and raised in San Diego. He’s volunteered for numerous local causes including the Founders Circle Board of the Preuss School at UCSD, the board of directors for Pedal the Cause, and a guest lecturer at Rady’s School of Management at UCSD.

1.
Question 1

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?

Answer from Philip "Phil" Graham:

It is time for Sacramento's war on affordable housing to end. 

Continuing to raise taxes and adopting regulations that limit the supply of housing only increases the price of housing.

Cities like Dallas, Phoenix, and Atlanta have managed to stay affordable by simply allowing housing to continue to be built as their populations grow. California should do the same. 

The State should immediatly start cutting taxes and regulations so that more people don't fall into poverty, as housing costs are the biggest reason people fall into poverty. 

2.
Question 2

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Philip "Phil" Graham:

I will address and promote the civility issue by doing what I have done in the private sector, lead by example. Period.

3.
Question 3

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow that your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.

Answer from Philip "Phil" Graham:

San Diego county is a leader when it comes to managing our water supplies. Reclamation, water storage and building the largest desalinazation plant in the Western hemisphere has made this fact a reality.

The rest of the state needs to do a much better job of managing their water sources. We need to invest in water infrastructure, capture the millions of gallons of water that flow into the ocean every year and invest in more desalinization plants. 

4.
Question 4

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?

Answer from Philip "Phil" Graham:

I've sat on the board of a leading Charter School for many years. In order to be accepted, and there is a long line of applicants waiting to be accepted, the parents of the applicant must not have gone to a four year college, they must be from a low income family and they must accept a longer school year. The vast majority of those accepted are minority and, by design, are poverty stricken. The graduation rate has kept steady at 99% and almost all go on to great four year colleges. Allowing parents to have more choice in where they can send their children, when so many of our public schools are failing, is an outstanding way to solve our educational problems. 

Total money raised: $353,775

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

1
California Chamber of Commerce
$8,750
2
Kevin McCarthy for Congress
$4,902
3
Employees of Crivello Corporation
$4,856
4
Employees of Equestrian Real Estate
$4,491
4
Employees of TRES-DAC
$4,491

By State:

California 95.46%
Maryland 1.39%
Virginia 1.25%
Texas 0.71%
Other 1.20%
95.46%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.85%)
Small contributions (0.15%)
99.85%

By Type:

From organizations (26.99%)
From individuals (73.01%)
26.99%73.01%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Even though we have the highest taxes in the country, too many politicians in Sacramento demand the middle class and working families pay even more. Before I decided to run for Assembly, I volunteered to the fight against a massive new gas tax that is going to cost families and those who are in most in need.

California’s record-high budget remains in a surplus, though amazingly politicians insist on passing the largest gas tax increase in California history. They are also considering a new tax on real estate transactions, and even an assault on Proposition 13. I will fight their efforts that make California even more unaffordable.

The priorities of too many Sacramento politicians are clearly not yours. Instead of asking you to pay more every year to the State government, we should instead focus on funding core services like public safety, education, and infrastructure. By setting priorities for the services most important to our communities, we can fully fund the state government while saying NO to new taxes.

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

STATE ASSEMBLY

76th District

PHIL GRAHAM AGE: 50

Small Businessman/Educator

I spent my career in international business, and one thing I learned is that principles matter. We could certainly use more people with good principles in politics. As I run, I’m committed to let you know what my principles are and how I will apply them to the issues we face in Sacramento.

As a principle, I think people spend their money better than government does. That’s why I oppose new or higher taxes, including the notorious Gas Tax just passed by the legislature.

As a principle, I think the law matters. That’s why I strongly oppose the current policy of letting dangerous felons out of jail early and believe that we need to secure our border and stop the drug and human trafficking.

As a principle, I think it’s wise to hold politicians and civil servants accountable. That’s why I support regular, public, outside fiscal audits of state spending, and making the legislature transparent by posting all hearings on-line.

My principles are conservative, and by this, I mean that I think we need to keep our eye on government, keep it within its bounds, and make sure that we get the services to pay for and deserve, at a reasonable price.

I worked as an executive at the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute. Today, I teach business management and marketing at National University. I graduated from USC’s Marshall School of Business and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. I am a San Diego County native and lifelong surfer.

Republican
School Boardmember/Businesswoman
9,642 votes (8.8%)
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  • Bring greater accountability and transparency to our state's education system
  • Strengthen our state's long term fiscal health
  • Implement policies that help protect our communities
Profession:School Board Member / Businesswoman
Trustee, San Dieguito High School Board — Elected position (2014–current)
Trustee, Encinitas Union School District — Elected position (2010–2014)

Maureen “Mo” Muir currently serves as Vice President of an elected board member of the highly acclaimed San Dieguito Union High School District (recently ranked #1 by “Niche,”), and has served as an elected official since 2008. Mo Muir is a well-recognized public figure, dedicated community contributor, and tireless elected public servant.

First elected in 2008 to the Encinitas Union High School, Mo’s reputation as an accountable, transparent, and engaged board member resulted in her successful run for a second term as an unopposed candidate in what has historically been a highly competitive race. Mo was later appointed to serve her board peers as Clerk of the board. While on the Encinitas board, she received community acclaim for her “no” vote on a wasteful school bond, and authored the "No" rebuttal position on the bond in the San Diego Voting Ballot Guide.

In 2014, voters elected Mo as their #1 choice out of 7 candidates to the San Dieguito Union High School District (a 100,000K+ voter district), far ahead of three popular incumbent challengers. In her current position as Board member for this approximately 13,000 student district, Mo has earned a reputation as a fiscally responsible watchdog of public funds, voting “no” on a master contract giving staff (even new hires) a 12.5% pay raise in addition to a salary provision that guaranteed further raises if needed to ensure that the teachers would be the highest paid in all of San Diego county’s 42 school districts (without allocation protections tied to the fiscal health of the district). The Master Contract, which she voted against, ultimately earned the “Golden Fleece” award from San Diego County’s Taxpayer’s Association in 2016.

When not serving in her official capacity, Mo actively supports family and community needs as an active volunteer at the regional and local levels. Community contributions have included her service through appointments to San Diego County’s First 5 Technical and Professional Advisory Committee by the county’s Board of Supervisors, the Advisory Board of the world renown non-profit LifeSharing (which is a division of the UCSD Medical Center dedicated to lifesaving and life-enhancing organ and tissue donation), the North Coast Consortium for Special Education (a state required regional consortium to ensure that the legal and fiscal needs of students with disabilities are being met), and the board for the Friends of the Encinitas County Library. She has also been an active volunteer with the reading literacy program of the Kiwanis, Math 24 (a program designed to improve math literacy among elementary school students), a founder of a charter dedicated to supporting the needs gifted students with support of USC faculty member Sarah Kaplan, and a board member of a local elementary school parent teacher association.

As a result of her many contributions, she has received recognition from Congressman Brian Bilbray for my work on behalf of North County families, from Assemblyman Martin Garrick for my educational work and was honored as "Educator of the Year" in 2010 from the New Encinitas Business Network, to name a few

Total money raised: $147,939

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

1
Wells Fargo (Commercial Lender) Maureen Muir (Personal Lender)
$65,000
2
Maureen "Mo" Muir
$15,000
3
Employees of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
$4,500
4
Employees of Encinitas
$4,400
4
Employees of Gail White - Author
$4,400
4
Employees of Mobil Gas Station (Birmingham)
$4,400
4
Employees of White & Robinson
$4,400

By State:

California 97.89%
Florida 1.50%
Colorado 0.34%
Oregon 0.20%
Other 0.07%
97.89%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.33%)
Small contributions (0.67%)
99.33%

By Type:

From organizations (54.75%)
From individuals (45.25%)
54.75%45.25%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

STATE ASSEMBLY

76th District

MAUREEN "MO" MUIR

Govening School Board Member/Independent Businesswoman

Enough is enough!

Like you, I love our community and want to protect it from Sacramento's dysfunction and misplaced priorities. Vote Mo Muir for State Assembly and bring common sense, accountability, and ethics to Sacramento. I will oppose tax increases, stand up to special interests, and fight to protect our quality of life.

As a policy maker overseeing a $135M annual budget, I’m a proven fiscal watchdog who has consistently implemented balanced budgets without tax increases. For over a decade, I fought for accountability and transparency in our schools and opposed wasteful spending.

As a school board member and mother, I know providing quality education for our children is critical to our state’s prosperity. Over 40% of our state budget funds education, yet California lags far behind many states in performance. We need critical education reforms to prepare the next generation for success.

As your Sacramento representative, I will fight for North County to ensure a fair share of funding for transportation, local projects, and public safety. I will protect our wallets and our environment because both are vital to a healthy and prosperous California.

Politics in Sacramento has had short-term vision for far too long. Enough is enough. Trust me with your vote, and I promise you all my passion and energy to seek lasting change in Sacramento for the benefit of our North County.

Credentials: Graduate, University of San Diego, Masters in Governance, President of a non-profit, Vice President of a high school district, www.MoMuirForAssembly.com

Republican
COO/Businessman/Entrepreneur
8,675 votes (7.9%)
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  • Getting Special Interest Money Out Of Politics
  • Implementing Common Sense Solutions To State Budget Problems In Order To Reduce Taxes And Improve Services
  • Protecting The Public's Essential Natural Resources
Profession:Chief Operating Officer/Entrepreneur/Educator
President/Executive Consultant, The Konodomo Group (1999–current)
Portfolio Manager – Executive Vice President, Marketocracy Capital Management, LLC (2007–current)
Chief Operating Officer, Bodmann Insurance (2016–current)
Board Member & CFO, Californians for Electoral Reform — Elected position (2014–2016)
Chief Operating Officer / Tactical Portfolio Manager-Risk Manager, Connective Capital Management, LLC (2006–2007)
Chief Operating Officer / Member of Risk Management Committee, Parallax Fund, L.P. (2004–2006)
Board Member, North County Humane Society / SPCA — Appointed position (2003–2004)
Board Director & Treasurer, Mayfield Community Clinic — Elected position (1992–1995)
Thomas Jefferson School of Law Contracts, Torts, & Legal Writing (2003)
University of Southern California (USC) Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Business Administration (2001)
Stanford University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (1990)
Member, Oceanside Sea Lions (Lions Club) (2017–current)
Associate Delegate, California Republican Party (2017–current)
Member, North San Diego County NAACP (2016–current)
Associate Member, Oceanside RWF (2016–current)
Associate Member, Carlsbad RWF (2016–current)

For 27 years, I've worked in the real world of finance, entrepreneurship, and education.  I have been a Carlsbad homeowner for 20 years, and I have served our community as a board member of the North County Humane Society/SPCA, the Mayfield Community Clinic, and Californians for Electoral Reform.

Growing up as a California native, I lived for 15 years in Half Moon Bay, a town very much like Carlsbad Village and coastal Oceanside, whose economy is dependent upon tourism, agriculture, and fishing. I understand the unique communities and quality of life on California's coast.

I earned my B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1990 and my M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2001. I also attended the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2003 where I was recognized on the Dean’s List for the Fall Semester.

I earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1997 and taught Finance, Economics, and Accounting at a university in Moscow, Russia in 2004. The same year, I earned a Certificate in International Financial Reporting (IFRS) from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Over my career, I have been registered in many capacities with the S.E.C. and with FINRA including as an S.E.C. Registered Investment Adviser and as an S.E.C. Registered Investment Adviser Representative. I am also a California Licensed Life & Health Insurance Agent.

I ran grassroots campaigns against the 76th Assembly District incumbent in each of the last two elections, and I earned 33% of the vote (29,065 votes) in November 2014 and 41% of the vote (65,377) in November 2016.

1.
Question 1

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?

Answer from Thomas E. Krouse:

Stable communities, an important public policy goal, require accessible housing and jobs among other things. However, I believe the premise of the question highlights the pervasive bias that "the State" (whether referring specifically to 'State Government in Sacramento' or to regional and local government as well) needs to do more. Much of what can be done to lead to more affordable housing actually consists of the State doing less. I also believe that the issue of affordable housing could be better addressed if the public discourse on the subject was more realistic.

Policy makers should first recognize that their apparently insatiable desire to grow California's population without the necessary infrastructure (water, housing, etc.) in place has resulted in the predictable shortage of water, abundance of traffic, and sharply increasing housing prices. In addition, homeowners should recognize that this same dynamic has resulted in sharply increasing home equity wealth that has enabled many people to fund their children's college expenses and/or retire with greater financial security. State intervention to significantly increase so-called affordable housing would likely result in either a reduction in home price appreciation (or even a decline in home prices) or a massive perpetual increase in State spending to build and maintain a material amount of subsidized housing.

Effective steps that "the State" can take to increase the availability of housing and minimize its price are to reduce the bureaucracy, taxes, and litigation that drive up both the cost of new housing construction and diminish the ability of the marketplace to develop the best type of housing in the most effective locations to meet demand.

Rental market regulations also impact affordable housing availability. Studies show that in the long term, rent control laws actually reduce affordable housing availability because fewer units are built as potential developers choose to build in alternate locations that don't impose rent control. However, I generally am opposed to State intervention to change any current rent control terms for any current tenants.

As a rule, the free market, shaped by thoughtful and transparent general planning, is the best mechanism to address demand for housing. State (and national) policy makers should accept responsibility for failing to accept the predictable result of decades of policy decisions that have disrupted both the demand and supply sides of the market for housing and undermined the supply side of the market's ability to respond to California's population growth.

Keeping in mind that most of the policy makers currently in control of State Government have come to accept the concept of "induced demand" when it comes to freeway expansion, I am disappointed that they seem entirely unable to grasp the same concept when it applies to housing. In any case, it is entirely inappropriate for State Government to continue to experiment with the community character of the District in order to try to cover up for the predictable failures of their growth at any cost policies - especially when the cost are always born by us, not by them.

2.
Question 2

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Thomas E. Krouse:

As a dedicated advocate for common sense public policy and public service, I have worked diligently over the last four years explicitly reaching out to community groups and voters across the entire political spectrum. As someone who was raised in a politically mixed family (Democrats, Republicans, & Libertarians), I am fortunate to have over 40 years of experience bridging chasms of thought, belief, and rhetoric, and I believe that I have a particular talent for listening, identifying elements of shared beliefs and values, and cultivating mutually respectful dialog. As many people are aware, I have engaged with a wide range of community/political groups in the District over the years. I would continue to do so after being elected regardless if political leaders of either party approve - a legislator's duty is to cultivate connections in the community to foster progress, not to create division for short term political gain.  I believe that it is important to convey to the community that just because people disagree on a particular policy approach or even on priorities, we share a future together in our community, our state, and our country, and an enduring commitment to civil dialog is paramount, recognizing that no one is perfect.

My intention once elected is to continue to reach out to the entire District and to represent the entire District to the best of my abilities, transparently and with integrity, and to interact with those who disagree with me as much as I interact with those who agree with me. I believe that this approach will provide me with 1) the most insight about what's transpiring in the community, 2) the most opportunity to challenge my beliefs and share my views with the community, and 3) the broadest network of community members with whom I can work to address our District's problems, challenges, and opportunities.

Personally, I believe that while it is important to cultivate civility at the youngest ages in school, it is equally important to practice these skills throughout life. I intend to proactively seek out staff and advisers from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints in order to best avoid falling into an echo chamber of manufactured approval. I also intend to host regular community engagement events where a variety of perspectives are not just tolerated, but actually encouraged, and I hope that these events can set a standard for civility and serve as venues for increased understanding and, if necessary, dispute resolution.

In a nutshell, civility is much less about "agreeing on substance" than it is about "listening and learning, agreeing to disagree when necessary, and staying engaged."

3.
Question 3

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow that your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.

Answer from Thomas E. Krouse:

The State of California, in conjunction with water districts throughout the state, needs to develop and implement municipal scale water recycling for agricultural and industrial purposes which will then free up fresh water supplies for residential use.

Funds should be redirected as possible away from increased storage plans which will be less or completely useless if efficient and effective water recycling infrastructure is brought online. Billions of dollars have already been raised under Proposition 1 (2014) for increased water storage, but they have yet to approve a single related project.

Water recycling is a proven technology which has already been implemented on a national scale in many countries throughout the world. The costs and reliability of water recycling are well known which will simplify the planning process and allow for transparent cost projections.

Individual water districts should take the lead in designing specific projects and then work with the State of California and the private sector on financing construction and operation of these new systems based on local supply and demand factors. The State of California should assist with funding research and technical expertise as well as providing any appropriate and effective regulatory relief or clarity to facilitate these projects.

Any attempt to spend billions of dollars building new pipelines under the Sacramento River Delta will be a complete waste of funds if not also an environmental disaster. Installing pipelines in the Delta to move water from one place to another is just like putting more straws into a single glass of water - it does not increase the supply of water at all, and in fact it simply drains the glass more quickly.

Water recycling actually increases the supply of water, and can be implemented around the state in quantities flexibly tailored to match local needs.

4.
Question 4

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?

Answer from Thomas E. Krouse:

The educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians can best be met with an educational system that empowers the people who know the needs of these students the best - namely their parents. Building and maintaining a successful educational system requires that teachers, administrators, and school board members be held accountable, and the only way that this can be achieved is if parents have choices about where their children attend school. Ensuring that parents have school choice for their children, in addition to the option of home schooling, is a necessary requirement both to hold schools accountable as well as to respect the fundamental authority of parents over decisions affecting their minor children. Children develop rapidly, and delayed community feedback via intermittent school board elections is simply not sufficient recourse for parents seeking to address immediate deficiencies in their children's educational environment. Children do not have the luxury of getting a "do over" when it comes to their education. Commensurate with the responsibility that society places on parents to raise their children responsibly, society has an obligation to respect parents' liberty to make critical choices that effect their child's development. There is probably no more important decision in child rearing than the choice of how to educate one's child.

For context, 'school choice' should not be a political football. Federal judges have already issued decisions indicating that the system of teacher tenure offered to public school teachers is unconstitutional as it is particularly harmful to children in vulnerable and historically disenfranchised communities. Additional reform is necessary in this area to ensure that all children have access to a quality education, and a quality education will ONLY be available if teachers, administrators, and school board members are held accountable for their performance.

For post-secondary school students, I believe that investments in community colleges and vocational training programs are some of the best educational investments that can be made in the personal and professional development of California's next generation. My preferred strategy would also include efforts to expand four-year degree options at community colleges particularly in STEM fields in order to provide affordable and rewarding career development pathways to a greater range of students and which will better address the needs of local businesses. Creating more valuable and effective local options for post-secondary education will have the added benefit of helping students maintain their local family and community connections as well as incentivizing industry to participate in long term partnerships with schools that can serve as reliable pipelines for their human resource needs.

Total money raised: $22,231

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

1
Thomas E. Krouse
$14,700
2
Oceanside Associates
$4,351
3
Re-Elect Mayor Jim Wood 2016
$2,000
4
Midnight Jack Enterprises
$150
5
Hynes Advisory Inc. DBA Hearthstone
$100

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.74%)
Small contributions (1.26%)
98.74%

By Type:

From organizations (30.07%)
From individuals (69.93%)
30.07%69.93%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Believe it or not, they aren’t actually “crazy” in Sacramento, it’s worse than that - they are swimming in special-interest millions, and the money will keep flowing as long as we send legislators who give their lobbyists special access and give us only lip service. Please send me to Sacramento.  I will fight to:

  • End pay-to-play government and lawmaking by special interests;
  • Re-establish the common sense California republic that is accountable to citizens not lobbyists;
  • Create jobs with free market opportunities, and end anti-competitive Sacramento cronyism;
  • Enforce accountability on bureaucrats who fail to do their jobs; and,
  • Connect veterans and seniors to the services they earned.

I want to stand up for citizens in the style of progressive Republican President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, bring back the “Square Deal,” and unleash free enterprise in California again.

As long as we send the same retread insiders back to Sacramento to cozy up to the fat cats, we will continue to get more failure, worse schools, less economic opportunity, and more taxes.

 

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STATE ASSEMBLY

76th District

THOMAS KROUSE AGE: 49

Investment Manager/Entrepreneur/Election Reform Advocate/Educator

Every dollar that Sacramento wastes is a dollar that can be invested in our children, veterans, and seniors and in education, housing, and water infrastructure. Boondoggles like the $77 Billion+ Crazy Train must be stopped immediately.

Grover Norquist and the Political Director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association personally witnessed my signature on the “No New Taxes” Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

I promise to work from day one and to fight if necessary to:

Stop - “Pay-to-Play” government and lawmaking by special interests by eliminating the corrupting influence of money on elections and in government.

Ensure - Politicians and bureaucrats be held accountable for the work they should do for you on Jobs, Education, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation, and the Environment by strongly supporting efforts to increase transparency in government like the California Clean Money Campaign (www.CAClean.org) and www.StopTheCarTax.org

After working my way through Stanford, I earned an MBA from USC and worked in the fields of finance, healthcare, education, and technology. I moved to Carlsbad 20 years ago and have served as a community boardmember with the North County Humane Society / SPCA, Mayfield Community Clinic, and Californians for Electoral Reform (www.CFER.org).

When elected, I’ll work for you with integrity.

My endorsements include current State Senator Jeff Stone, Former Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, Former San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, and Former Tri-City Hospital District Boardmember Kathleen Sterling.

I have also been endorsed by the Veterans Party of America, the Veterans Party of California, and the San Diego County Libertarian Party.

I welcome your call: (760) 659-3755 www.KrouseForAssembly.com

www.Facebook.com/ElectKrouse www.Facebook.com/KrouseForAssembly

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Republican
Vista City Councilmember
5,919 votes (5.4%)
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Total money raised: $26,600

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

1
Amanda Rigby
$20,500
2
Employees of City of Vista
$2,290
3
Vista Firefighters PAC
$1,000
4
Employees of Bungalow Spirit
$500
4
Employees of EDCO
$500

By State:

California 99.43%
Colorado 0.57%
99.43%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.77%)
Small contributions (0.23%)
99.77%

By Type:

From organizations (4.33%)
From individuals (95.67%)
95.67%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

STATE ASSEMBLY

76th District

AMANDA RIGBY

Vista City Councilmember/Businesswoman

As a City Councilmember, I work every day to make government more efficient and accountable to taxpayers.

Through determined fiscal conservatism, we eliminated the city’s structural deficit, increased the city’s reserves from 9% to 30%, reduced bureaucratic regulations, eliminated red-light cameras, and reduced crime to an all-time low.

As your Assemblymember, I will lead the fight to stop the wasteful spending and roll back harmful regulations, keeping jobs in California and rebuilding our middle-class who have been impacted by excessive regulations and irresponsible spending.

I will fight for tax reform. California has one of the highest tax burdens in the nation and we must take immediate steps to reduce this burden and make California competitive again.

California recently ranked last in the nation for quality of life. As a native Californian this is unacceptable to me and I will work hard to restore and improve our Golden State.

As a Certified Paralegal, I worked to protect and advocate for victims of domestic violence. I’ve served on school board sub-committees, as a Scout Leader, Pop Warner Cheer Coach, Parks & Recreation Commissioner, and am a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. I am proud to be endorsed by Brig. Gen. John Bullard, USMC (Ret.).

As a mom, wife, and conservative woman of faith I know what it takes to raise a family here and it would be an honor to be your voice in Sacramento.

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Republican
Independent Business Owner
5,119 votes (4.7%)
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  • Protect Prop-13
  • Preserve our incredible Ocean and Beach Resources.
  • Improve our Transportation systems and Infrastructure, but oppose further funding the crazy train to nowhere (high speed rail project)
Profession:Independent Business Owner

Let’s be clear.  California is a beautiful land of opportunity, but it is broken.  

 

Sacramento is filled with politicians who have lost sight of what’s important to working families and our neighborhoods.  I’m running for Assembly to represent YOU.


Every day we learn about some fresh horror coming out of Sacramento. Violent felons get early releases. The mentally ill homeless fill our streets. Gas taxes and car registration costs go up, as everything we loved about California slips away. It’s a long list.

 

All we get from Sacramento are fairy tales about how this is the “New Normal”. We cannot let that be true.

 

As a former mayor of Encinitas and Chair of North County Transit District I was awarded the “Grand Golden Watchdog Award” by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.  I’ve made government work from the inside. Where lower taxes, less regulation, are the means to solutions, not just buzzwords.

 

That’s why I’m proud to have the support of so many current and former elected officials such as Congressman Brian Bilbray, Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard, Encinitas Mayor Christy Guerin, Escondido Councilman Ed Gallo, Oceanside Councilmembers Jerry Kern and Jack Feller, San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, San Marcos Vice Mayor Rebecca Jones, and Vista Councilman Bob Campbell, partial list.

 

My wife Lisa and I and our three children have lived in Encinitas for over 30 years. 

 

Visit our website at StocksForAssembly.com or better still call me at 

760-815-7787. I’ll pick up.


If you want to fix California as badly as I do, join us. 

 

I would be honored to have your vote. 

Total money raised: $34,188

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

1
Jerome Stocks
$24,048
2
Employees of Benchmark Pacific
$1,000
2
Employees of Self - Carl Hilliard
$1,000
3
Employees of EDCO
$500
3
Employees of Encinitas Country Day School
$500
3
Employees of HANSEN SURFBOARDS
$500
3
Employees of National Restaurant Association
$500
3
Employees of Self - James Ashcraft
$500
3
Employees of Sutherland Global Services
$500

By State:

California 96.75%
Arizona 1.48%
Virginia 1.48%
Florida 0.30%
96.75%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.15%)
Small contributions (0.85%)
99.15%

By Type:

From organizations (1.03%)
From individuals (98.97%)
98.97%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

STATE ASSEMBLY

76th District

JEROME STOCKS

Independent Business Owner

Let’s be clear. California is broken.

Sacramento is filled with politicians who have lost sight of what’s important to working families and our neighborhoods. I’m running for Assembly to represent You.

Every day we learn about some fresh horror coming out of Sacramento. Violent felons get early releases. The mentally ill homeless fill our streets. Gas taxes go up, as everything we loved about California slips away. It’s a long list.

All we get from Sacramento are fairy tales about how this is the “New Normal”. We cannot let that be true.

As a former mayor of Encinitas and Chair of North County Transit District I was awarded the “Grand Golden Watchdog Award” by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. I’ve made government work from the inside. Where lower taxes, less regulation, are the means to solutions, not just buzzwords.

That’s why I’m proud to have the support of so many current and former elected officials such as Congressman Brian Bilbray, Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard, Encinitas Mayor Christy Guerin, Escondido Councilman Ed Gallo, Oceanside Councilmembers Jerry Kern and Jack Feller, San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, San Marcos Vice Mayor Rebecca Jones, and Vista Councilman Bob Campbell.

My wife Lisa and I and our three children have lived in Encinitas for over 30 years.

Visit our website at StocksForAssembly.com or better still call me at 760-815-7787. I’ll pick up.

If you want to fix California as badly as I do, join us.

I would be honored to have your vote.

Email thejeromestocks@gmail.com
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Information Management Consultant
840 votes (0.8%)
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