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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Governor

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Jenny Rae Le Roux

Entrepreneur/Mom/Businesswoman
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Lower the cost of living by suspending the gas tax and increasing housing supply
  • Ensure safe cities by enforcing laws and investing in criminal rehabilitation
  • Address homelessness by treating mental health and addiction issues

Experience

Experience

Profession:Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, Mom
Owner, Management Consulted (2012–current)

Education

Columbia Business School Master, Business Administration (current)
University of Virginia Bachelor of Arts, Economics (current)

Biography

Jenny Rae is an accomplished business owner, author, and strategic advisor with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Jenny Rae’s no stranger to hard work. She’s no stranger to big tasks and long odds. Her entire life has been staring down the impossible.

Jenny Rae co-built tech companies in the energy and financial services industries before purchasing Management Consulted, a private tech-enabled services company. She knows the limitations our state has placed on the American Dream – and she’s ready for us to do better.

Jenny Rae is a frequent presenter at Harvard Business School, the Wharton School of Business, and over 60 other top institutions, and has been quoted in Forbes, Business Insider, and other business publications.

She still believes that hard work can pay off, that opportunity belongs to all of us, and that everyone can prosper.

One year ago, in the midst of the many crises gripping California, Jenny Rae said, “Someone should do something.” She modeled her own COVID plan using publicly available data and hosted conversations about the future of public policy.

After meeting with groups around California, she recognized major gaps in both policy and process, leading her to announce her candidacy for Governor of California.

A pro-business fiscal conservative, Jenny Rae is ready to inspire California to dream again.

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

What policies or proposals would you support to reduce the number of people who are homeless and to prevent people from becoming homeless in California?
Answer from Jenny Rae Le Roux:

51% of America’s unsheltered homeless live in California. California spent $4B on homelessness last year, yet the problem is getting worse - homelessness increased 17% in 2019 first year and another 7% in 2020.

My plan will refocus problem solving at the root causes. We must reduce the homeless population and lower the price of housing.

First, I will audit existing services and shelters. We have nine state agencies overseeing 41 programs to address homelessness. After the audit, I will fill gaps and ensure the homeless are legally bound to use housing options provided to them rather than occupying public spaces.

Second, I will require every city to gather the names, ages, and veteran/non-veteran status of the homeless for accurate data measurements.

In addition, I will ensure funding is focused on coordinated care managed at the local level, with specific focus on sufficient substance abuse and mental health support.
Finally, I will accelerate building. Government-funded housing is not the answer. California has a shortage of over 1.4 million homes, and the average California home costs over $700,000. Yet just 102,800 residential building permits were issued in 2020, down almost 9% from 2019. I will streamline regulatory approvals and development impact fees, and will incentivize localities to stop new local growth ordinances which increase house prices by up to 5% per ordinance.

What policies or proposals would you support to encourage and develop sources of electrical power that will reduce the release of carbon into the atmosphere while still being affordable for all residential consumers?
Answer from Jenny Rae Le Roux:

Abundant, stable, and clean electricity is necessary to build an innovation-driven economy.

The Problem

Californians pay the 7th highest electrical rates in the nation. Even at that premium, the state can’t keep the lights on.

The state's current policies have hurt our economy and left us with insufficient power. The current administration pledged “giant leaps forward” in our energy infrastructure but when it became clear that these policies couldn’t stop rolling brownouts, we were asked to just accept them as the “new normal.”

These brownouts have impacted millions of Californians. Elderly Californians had to go without cooling and sick Californians had to go without power for medical devices. There were 5 power availability alerts about power limitations issued in 2020 and 8 in 2021, according to CAISO records. The government is projecting an “unforeseen shortfall” of 5,000 megawatts through 2022, and our vulnerable populations are at risk.

In addition, we pay the highest gas taxes in the nation - $0.51 per gallon, with another planned increase this summer - all while we have a record surplus.

The Plentiful Power Solution

I will never accept electricity shortages as “normal.” I have a data-driven plan to build a power system for the future that uses all available power sources. We will ensure flexible, adequate supply and add new clean energy.

First, as long as we have a state surplus, I will suspend the gas tax - putting money back in the pockets of California’s middle class.

Second, I’ll continue the use of the Diablo Canyon power plant (slated to close in 2024). The plant is clean, safe, and carbon-free. At a time when California can’t meet the energy demands of its residents, we should not be shutting down any viable energy source. The plant, which provides nearly 10% of California’s power, has been rated safe by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and could run well beyond 2040.

In addition, I will reverse current policy that would ban hydraulic fracturing starting in 2024. The crisis in Ukraine has shown America that energy independence is a security imperative, and we can produce oil right here in California.

Furthermore, our problems of water and power are interrelated. If we don’t manage our water, the water levels in our reservoirs drop so low that hydroelectric power generation declines. Hydroelectric power is an important source of clean energy. I will work to retain this source of power.

Californians need a Governor who is determined to prevent disruptions in their lives. As Governor, I will never accept any problem as “unsolvable” - and will fight day and night to ensure every Californian can afford to keep their lights on.

I will continue to move California toward clean and renewable energy sources using incentives instead of mandates, but I will not disrupt current power supply in the process.

Wildfires

What policies or proposals would you support to help those who have lost homes and jobs to wildfire?

No answer provided.
Low income programs

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What policies or programs do you support to help those in the lower income categories in California?

No answer provided.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $923,195

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

1
Jenny Rae Le Roux
$345,000
2
Employees of Jungle Guides
$142,000
3
Employees of CEO
$32,400
3
Employees of Controller
$32,400
3
Employees of Ose Properties
$32,400
3
VHA Inc.
$32,400

More information about contributions

By State:

California 87.40%
Georgia 3.47%
Pennsylvania 3.40%
Virginia 1.61%
Other 4.13%
87.40%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.50%)
Small contributions (0.50%)
99.50%

By Type:

From organizations (5.65%)
From individuals (94.35%)
94.35%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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