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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 1

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Joe Montes

Small Businessman
35,875 votes (17%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Bring employers and jobs to the North State
  • Protect our North State Waters from being sent south
  • Stop corporate welfare grants



Profession:Small-Businessman, Former Judge
General Manager/Business Partner, AAA Properties/Hotel Diamond (2013–current)
President/CEO, Franchise Consultant Services, Inc (2011–2013)
District Manager/Territory Executive, Farmers Insurance & Financial Solutions (2006–2011)
Administrative Law Judge/Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge, Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings (2001–2006)
Administrative Law Judge/Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Law Ju, Washington State Office of Administrative Hearings — Appointed position (2001–2006)


U.C.L.A. School of Law Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (1993)
California State University, Sacramento Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Communication Studies (1990)
California Military Academy Certificate of Completion, Military leadership, tactics and strategy (1989)

Community Activities

Founding member/judge, Chico Youth Court (2014–current)
Founding board member, Stairways Programming (2015–current)
Board member, Downtown Chico Business Association (DCBA) (2014–current)
Board member, Farmers Employees and Agents Political Action Committee (2009–2011)
Board member, Washington Administrative Law Judges Association (2004–2006)


  • Marital/Family Status:  Joe Montes has been married to his wife and best friend, Cindy, for 27 years.  They are the proud parents of Alexander, Maggie, and Wednesday, their three rescue cats
  • Education:

Ø  California Military Academy – 1989.

Ø  California State University, Sacramento - Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies - Summa Cum Laude – 1990.

Ø  U.C.L.A. School of Law - Juris Doctor – 1993.

  • Experience: 

Ø  Joe is the General Manager of AAA Properties, a Chico-based property management firm with residential and commercial properties located primarily in Chico and the surrounding area.  In his role, he also has oversite authority over the Hotel Diamond.

Ø  Joe is a former Administrative Law Judge, and Assistant Deputy Chief Administrative Law Judge in Washington.

Ø  Joe is the former President of Franchise Consultant Services, Inc., a franchise development firm.

Ø  Joe is a former Regional Vice President and Director of Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services, the nation’s largest for-profit arbitration and mediation firm.

  • Military Service:  Joe is a veteran.  He served in both the California Air National Guard and the Army National Guard.  He is a graduate of the California Military Academy and has been a member of the American Legion for twenty-three years.
  • Academic Accomplishments/Honors and Distinctions:

Founding Member and Judge - Chico Youth Court
Board Member - Stairways Programming
Board Member - Downtown Chico Business Association
Member - Washington State Bar Association
Member and former Province President - Phi Delta Phi International Legal Society
Member - Golden Key National Honor Society, CSU, Sacramento
Former Board Member - Washington Administrative Law Judge’s Association
Former Board Member - Farmers Political Action Committee
International Directory of Distinguished Leadership
Honored Member of the American Registry of Outstanding Professionals
International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs
National Who’s Who of Business Leaders








Questions & Answers

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

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Joe Montes:

I favor a return to the Bracero Program in which vetted foreign workers are allowed to enter/re-enter the U.S. under a work visa for approved work, but only in areas that U.S. citizens refuse to work.  If the work is seasonal, as in agriculture, migrant workers should return to their own countries with the understanding they will be allowed to return the next season.   

We must actively pursue and remove those who overstay their work visas. I favor a technological “wall” over a physical wall.  There are excellent facial recognition programs the government can use at key detection points around the southern and northern borders to identify known terrorists, or other threats, including those who were previously deported. Using technology will not eliminate the need for border agents, but it will reduce the amount of agents needed.  I would require the government to dispose of all records involving American citizens within a short period of time to avoid abuse of privacy.

I do not favor an amnesty program for those who illegally enter the country. Anyone that comes here must enter legally.  Anyone who stays here must have a current visa. An amnesty program is not fair to those who have waited years to enter our country lawfully.


The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
Answer from Joe Montes:

As a former prosecutor and judge, I am a very seasoned negotiator and I know how to work with people that have diverse interests.  I’m not willing to sacrifice or compromise my conservative values, but I don’t believe we need to focus exclusively on the things which divide us. There are important issues which unite all of us. For example, all of us, regardless of our political beliefs, want: 1) a more responsible and responsive government; 2) a more vibrant economy than the one we currently have; and 3) safety in our homes and streets. It is far more productive to focus on things that unite us.

As a recent example, I worked with a local Democrat to build the Chico Youth Court, a program which diverts kids from a path of criminal behavior through early accountability with their peers. The common ground we found was our interest in protecting kids from having criminal records, and the community from increasing youth crime. It did not require us to sacrifice our values.

Also, because the country believes that Washington, D.C. is broken and disconnected from the people, I believe the majority of the 435 U.S. Representatives will be new. That is an opportunity for someone like me, who knows how to build coalitions, to unite my fellow members of Congress for true change.

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Answer from Joe Montes:

The U.S. must be able to vet anyone who enters the country, regardless of national origin or religious belief. Where possible, I favor setting up refugee camps near areas where refugees have come from. This distance will insure greater protection for U.S. citizens, and will provide greater convenience and closer proximity to the families of those who have been displaced from their adjacent homelands.

We must also improve our human intelligence gather efforts as intelligence gathering cannot be accomplished with surveillance alone.

Finally, we must continue to support our traditional allies.  However, we should be very hesitant about inserting ourselves into conflicts that do not involve our national security interests. We cannot afford the cost in lives or dollars.

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Joe Montes:

I do not want the state or federal government involved in our personal water rights.  It was a mistake for Doug LaMalfa to co-sponsor HR 5781 (California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2014), which was an attempt to transfer even more of our limited water supply down south.  It will take us years to recover from the drought and we cannot afford to make these kinds of mistakes in the future.

We must increase water storage to help us through periods of drought. If we are unable to build Sites Reservoir for any reason, we must secure another water storage location immediately.  As an alternative to Sites Reservoir we should consider increasing the height of our dams to store more water. 

We must also improve water run-off to our lakes and rivers below by requiring the U.S. Forest Service to revise its forest management practices and allow modest tree thinning and clearing of underbrush from our national forests.  Doing so will save human and animal life, reduce the number and intensity of forest fires,  preserve property and timber, allow more water to soak through the canopy to recharge our last remaining aquifer, and allow more water to flow downhill into our rivers, lakes and streams.



Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $184,278

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

Employees of Joseph Montes
Employees of AAA Properties
Employees of AT&T
Employees of Baja Dream Properties
Employees of Everett Apartments
Employees of Purvis Consulting
Employees of Rental Guy

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.69%
Massachusetts 1.52%
Nevada 1.52%
North Carolina 0.28%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.67%)
Small contributions (3.33%)

By Type:

From organizations (1.46%)
From individuals (98.54%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a true conservative Republican. I believe the meaning of the Constitution was fixed at the time it was written, and that the rights it provides us are under constant attack by our state and federal governments. I believe freedom requires faith and should never be disconnected from faith. I believe that family is essential to the survival of our nation. I believe that America is exceptional and we must never stop believing that her place in the world is to lead. I believe govenment should be limited and that politics should never become a career - our leaders must live under the burden of the laws they place on the people. I believe that the way to economic prosperity is through lowered taxes, and the removal of barriers to economic growth. We must stop growing the economies of other countries and bring our jobs back home. I believe that a strong military brings peace, and that we have an obligation to care for our men and women in uniform. And I believe in the power of each one of us to do great things, and to be great examples for our children and the generations that follow us.

Videos (3)

— May 11, 2016 Bob King Media

30 second television commercial on what politicians should be focused on - service to the people.

— May 11, 2016 Bob King Media

A 60 second radio commercial on Joe's unmatched experience bringing jobs to the North State

Lars Larson endorses Joe Montes based on his ability to overcome very difficult challenges academically, professionally, and personally.

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