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State of CaliforniaCandidate for Secretary of State

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Gary N. Blenner

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Proportional Representation in the State Assembly by political party with a 5% threshold
  • Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) for all other single-member races in California
  • Public financing of campaigns. End corporate personhood



Profession:High School Teacher
Teacher, San Juan Unified School District (1994–current)
Trustee, Center Joint Unified School District — Elected position (2006–2010)


National University MA, Education (2006)
University of California, Davis BA, Political Science, History (1988)

Community Activities

Union Representative, San Juan Teachers Association (2020–current)


: I was born in 1966 in Queens, NY. In 1979, my family and I moved to Fremont, CA, where I  graduated from Mission San Jose High School in 1984. I attended the University of California, Davis from 1984-1988, graduating in June 1988 with BA degrees in Political Science and History. I then attended California State University, Chico from 1988-1989, and California State University, Sacramento from 1989-1990 & 1992-1993 working towards an MA in Government.  It was during that time that I came to the conclusion that for American politics to become more open and inclusive, we needed to reform both our election system along a European model of proportional representation, as well as the removal of “dark money” from campaigns From October 1993-June 1994, I was both a substitute teacher and student teacher at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, CA. In August 1994, I was hired as a social science instructor at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, where I currently teach today. (I’m finishing my 28th year.)

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Political Philosophy

I consider myself to be a democratic socialist (the achivement of socialism through the electoral process.) I believe the eventual goal of society should be democratic managment of the means of production, with the excess value of labor being made for the benefit of the general public.

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