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Tom Palzer

Retired Urban Planner
204,924 votes (3.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fully-fund national security and state and local law enforcement while sealing our borders
  • Continue President Trump's economic agenda; reduce regulations on business, revise the tax code; renegotiate our treaties
  • Reorganize the V.A.



Profession:Retired Urban Planner (32 years of public service)
Executive Director of Planning/Deputy Director for Operations, Kankakee County and City Planning Commission/Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) (1972–2008)
Executive Director of Planning/Deputy Director for Operations, Kankakee County Regional Planning Commission/Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) — Appointed position (1972–2008)


Governors State University, Illinois M.S. in Urban Planning, City planning, including Constitutional Law and Economic Development (1978)

Community Activities

Wrote an initiative to repeal California's Top Two primary election system., Foundation to Stop Top 2 LLC (2017–2018)


Tom Palzer

Born, educated, and employed in Illinois, Tom Palzer graduated in the upper third of his high school class as Vice President of his senior class.  A U.S.A.F. veteran, Tom earned a B.A. and M.S. in urban planning while workin full-time and raising a family.  He worked for over 32 years as a long-range planner advising elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.  Tom has worked with over 30 state and federal agencies and many Fortune 500 companies.  He retired in 2008 as Deputy Director for Operations with the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS).

Among his achievements, Tom provided the testimony in a case involving a disrimination suit against his hometown.  The judge in this Superior Court case applied Tom's testimony as a bases for finding on behalf of the city which was extremely please not having to pay $22M in damages.

Tom also wrote the initiative measure to repeal California's Top Two Open Primay Law.  As of this reading, it is in the signature gathering phase running though April 23, 2018.


Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Tom Palzer:

Local, state and federal sources under the USDOT, CALTrans, and county and local transportation programs.  I would also include public-private transportation initiatives.  Our infrastructure is aging at a rapid pace and we must make repairs a top priority.  Things often get done in the private sector at a pace that public providers cannot achieve.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Tom Palzer:

I believe that the most affordable health care can be achieved through competition among private health care providers; that minimal participation in and regulation of health care should involve the federal government.  I would protect Medicare.  I would fight any government requirement mandating health care.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.
Answer from Tom Palzer:

In 2016, I ran for the U.S. Senate proposing a moratorium on immigration until such time as we could determine who's hear already and what their status was/is.  Little has happen to slow the pace of immigrants entering our country and deportation has not kept up with the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S.  I would support a policy that provides limits on immigration per year, provide a period for immigrants to obtain citizenship within 6 months, accept DACA, and expedite deportation.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?
Answer from Tom Palzer:

I would not support SB1263. a bill banning small water agencies.  I would support AB2594 proposing the capturing of stormwater for a variety of uses.

The State needs a plan to identify and prioritize water resource management.  While expensive, the State needs to determine where deslination is possible and enourage the constrution of desalination plants strategically located throughout the State.  Hydro-electric power should be encouraged.

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 Tom Palzer:

I'm extremely concerned that some parents, school districts, and cities have lowered the bar in terms of what is acceptable behavior.  Extremes include liberal judges and administrators offering 'free zones' that coddle students rather than helping them face the realities of life and Common Core offering American History as an 'option.'  There's been a significant up-tick in liberal educational facilities and teachers and professors teaching only one side of an issue or ideology.  We should be demanding much, much more from our educators and not being afraid of firing educators who cannot pass their own courses.  Social media and fake news has evolved to the point that filters are needed to enjoin these providers in 'reporting' the news rather than 'making' the news.  Many people are given an entirely different and biased view of news that have illicited unlawful behavior.  

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $163

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

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

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From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I'm a constitutional conservative Republican having grown up in a Republican household.  I believe in the rule-of-law, traditional marriage, the Second Amendment, and oppose abortion -  I am pro-life.

I look at my home State as one falling behind in education (43rd of 50 states), number of welfare recipients, homeless, and unattended water resource and water quality needs.  The State is frought with corruption with the governor's office leading the way with ultra-left programs, including a plethora of taxes.  I believe the best governement is the one that promotes local, grass toots government to ensure public awareness and input in decision-making.  

I believe that the Constitution should be applied, not interpreted beyond the framers' intentions.  Less government.

by:  Tom Palzer

       Candidate for U.S. Senate

Position Papers



The paper describes the current and proposed primary election sytem.  It describes initiative measure 17-0020, an initiative to repeal the Top Two law.


    April 11, 2018








Our system of selecting our representatives is broken in California.  In 2011, the State enacted the Top Two Open Primary System.  The Top Two impacts congressional and state elective offices.  It allows only the top two vote recipients to move onto the general election.  In 2016, 34 candidates competed for the U.S. Senate in California.  Because of the Top Two, only the top two vote recipients moved on and they were members of the same political party.  Thus, 5 political parties and 32 candidates were dropped after the primary election. 




Proponents of the Top Two claimed that it would provide for more ‘moderate’ or ‘centrist’ candidates from which to choose in the primary election.  In the 3 elections held since 2010, when the Top Two legislation was adopted, more ‘liberal’ incumbents retained their seats and more ‘liberal’ candidates won the plurality of their races.¹




In August of 2017, I filed an initiative measure (17-0020)² to repeal the State’s Top Two law with the Secretary of State.  The initiative is currently in the signature gathering phase.  It’s intent if to remove the language of Proposition 14 that created the Top Two from the State’s Constitution.   Because it is a Constitutional Amendment, a minimum of 585,407 signatures is necessary to place the initiative on the primary election ballot.  The last day to sign a petition to repeal the Top Two is April 23, 2018.




If approved by the voters in November of 2018, the primary election system would be changed to allow the top vote recipient of each Party to appear on the general election ballot.  This is representative government as opposed to ‘manufactured’ government under the Top Two Law.




by:  Tom Palzer


        U.S. Senate Candidate


        Committee to Elect Tom Palzer U.S. Senate


        P.O Box 2413


        Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729






² Secretary of State filing dated August 23, 2017.


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