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California State SenateCandidate for District 4

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Tim Robertson

Labor Federation Executive
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enact common-sense policies to create an economy that provides opportunity for everyone
  • Fight for fair share of funding for water storage projects and clean water programs
  • Fund a comprehensive plan to mitigate and suppress wildfires and make home fire insurance more affordable



Profession:Executive Director, North Valley Labor Federation
Executive Director, North Valley Labor Federation (2013–current)
Director, Keyes Community Services District — Elected position (2018–current)
Director, Keyes Community Service District — Elected position (2018–current)


University of Virginia B.S. Engineering Science, minor Biomedical Engineering (2003)

Community Activities

Member, Stanislaus County Workforce Development Board (2017–current)
Member, San Joaquin County Workforce Development Board (2019–current)
Member, Merced County Workforce Development Board (2016–current)
Board Member, United Way of Merced County (2017–current)
Board Member, United Way of Stanislaus County (2020–current)


Tim Robertson is the leading voice for working families in the North Valley.  For the last nine years, Robertson has led the North Valley Labor Federation, where he fights for a level playing field for workers and enactment of common-sense policies to make where we live better.


Robertson has collaborated with local legislators and community leaders to enact legislation at all levels of government to build infrastructure, expand health care and create jobs.  Robertson serves on three county-wide Workforce Development Boards to prepare people for jobs, help people advance in their careers and build a skilled workforce. 


As a member of a Stanislaus County executive committee, Robertson is working with stakeholders and leaders to produce a county-wide economic growth plan.  Robertson also works with local school boards to connect students to career technical education opportunities and serves on two county-wide United Way boards. 


Robertson is an elected member of the Keyes Community Services District, where he has first-hand knowledge of the challenges to meeting the water needs of the Valley. 


Robertson lives in Stanislaus County and enjoys hiking with his rescue dog Daisey, barbecuing, writing, basketball, and old detective movies.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What programs, proposals, projects, or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Tim Robertson:

As an elected member of the Keyes Community Services Board, I oversee the delivery of reliable and affordable clean water to users while protecting public health and the environment.  I opposed transfer of our water to southern California and will fight for our fair shre of the $8 billion available for water storage and clean water project funding approved by voters in a ballot initiative, Proposition 3 in 2018.  The need for infrastructure to capture and store water is urgent.  This includes capturing storm runoff, recycling wastewater, and building desalinization plants.  

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for middle and low income people in California?
Answer from Tim Robertson:

Ensure state funding for affordable housing makes its way to rural communities. 

Work with cities and continue to streamline development and ensure the inclusion of workforce housing.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?
Answer from Tim Robertson:

Ensure universal access to childcare and early childhood education


To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Tim Robertson:

Enhance electrification through industrial and community solar

Increase hydroelectric capacity

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $659,516

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

AFSCME California
California Labor Federation
California Nurses Association
California State Pipe Trades Council
California Teachers Association
SEIU California
SEIU Local 2015
SEIU United Healthcare Workers West

More information about contributions

By State:

California 97.16%
District of Columbia 1.51%
Michigan 0.47%
Kentucky 0.32%
Other 0.54%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.14%)
Small contributions (0.86%)

By Type:

From organizations (90.19%)
From individuals (9.81%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Economy and Jobs


A strong economy starts with well-trained workers and employers who pay well and offer health care and other benefits.To grow our economy and improve job quality, we must prepare people for jobs and build a skilled workforce. 

  • Invest in incentives to expand business and create new, high-paying jobs
  • Expand access to career technical education and post-secondary education
  • Foster economic growth for enterpreneiurs and small business

Wildfires and Climate


To keep our homes safe, we must secure funding to suppress wildfires.

  • Fund comprehensive plan to mitigate and suppress wildfires
  • Make fire insurance premiums more affordable
  • Create a generational plan to fight the root causes of forest fires -- climate change

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