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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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District 39 — California State Senate

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About this office

State senators introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, approve appointments to state agencies, and approve the state budget. They are elected to four-year terms.
For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election advance to the general election. The two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Candidates

You can vote for 1 of these 2 candidates.

Toni Atkins

Democratic
Assemblywoman, San Diego County
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Economy & Jobs
  2. Education
  3. Income Inequality & Affordable Housing
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John Renison

Republican
Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
Top 3 Priorities
  1. No new taxes
  2. Empower families with parental choice
  3. Reduce the tax burden and over regulation for businesses
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Democratic
Assemblywoman, San Diego County
258,686 votes (62.5%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Economy & Jobs
  • Education
  • Income Inequality & Affordable Housing

Experience

Experience

Profession:Assemblywoman, San Diego County
Assemblymember, District 78, California State Assembly — Elected position (2012–current)
Speaker, California State Assembly — Elected position (2015–2016)
Acting Mayor, City of San Diego — Elected position (2015–2015)
Assemblymember, District 76, California State Assembly — Elected position (2010–2012)
Councilmember, District 3, San Diego City Council — Elected position (2000–2008)

Education

Harvard JFK School of Government Senior Executive Program (2004)
Emory and Henry College BA (1984)

Community Activities

Volunteer, San Diego Regional Taskforce on the Homelessness (2010–current)
Volunteer, WeAllCount (2010–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $720,304

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

1
SEIU California
$17,000
1
SEIU Local 1000
$17,000
1
United Domestic Workers of America
$17,000
2
California State Pipe Trades Council
$16,700
3
California State Association of Electrical Workers
$14,500

More information about contributions

By State:

California 83.82%
District of Columbia 2.33%
New York 1.88%
Illinois 1.78%
Other 10.19%
83.82%10.19%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.69%)
Small contributions (0.31%)
99.69%

By Type:

From organizations (86.77%)
From individuals (13.23%)
86.77%13.23%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Official Statement

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

[State law allows candidates for State Senate and State Assembly who accept voluntary campaign spending limits to submit paid candidate statements in County voter information pamplets. This candidate was ineligible to submit a paid statement.]

Candidate Contact Info

Email info@toniatkinsforsenate.com
Republican
Small Business Owner
155,053 votes (37.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • No new taxes
  • Empower families with parental choice
  • Reduce the tax burden and over regulation for businesses

Experience

Experience

Profession:Entrepreneur/Small Business Owner
Founder & CEO, Piggyback Technologies, Inc. (2014–current)
CEO, Britton Customhouse Brokers. Inc. (1995–current)

Education

Boston University Legal Studies Professional Certificate (2009)
Harvard Law School Consortium Certificate, Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives (2004)

Biography

John Renison is an entrepreneur by heart, and traditional conservative family man. He is currently Founder & CEO of Piggyback Technologies where he enables large e-commerce companies to offer on demand same-day deliveries to their customers by using innovative technologies and a distributed workforce.

John has always enjoyed starting and running businesses. In fact, by the time he was 17, he had already started working for his Mothers U.S. Customs Brokerage, Britton & Company, in which he learned the value of hard work and leadership skills. Soon afterwards, John was actively engaged within the international trade industry and business organizations as a strong advocate of the Customs Trade partnership against Terrorism and Homeland Security industry partnership programs.

In his early adulthood, John joined a border drug demand reduction initiative led by Californians for Drug Free Youth as the Bi-national Exchange Program Manager, where he demonstrated his leadership skills by bringing together a coalition of law enforcement and health officials from both sides of the border to work jointly to reduce the consumption of illicit drugs in San Diego and the Imperial Valley.

He also serves as CEO of his family business Britton & Company, which is a licensed U.S. Customs Brokerage that helps U.S. Importers and foreign manufacturers transact customs business on their behalf. John got into this line of business in 1995 right after graduating from high school. 

He enjoys serving as CEO of his family business as it has defined who he is as an entrepreneur. In early 2015, he was invited by San Diego State University as a TEDX speaker to give an inspiring talk about “how to not loose the child within” and in December 2014 John was nominated as Discover San Diego Entrepreneur of the month.

John is a past participant of the Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives a Harvard/MIT/Tufts consortium and holds a Certificate in Legal Studies from Boston University. John lives with his wife Renata and two daughters Marietta and Renata in Coronado California.

Questions & Answers

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

Drought

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.

No answer provided.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending? 

No answer provided.
There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Answer from John Renison:

I do not support any proposals to raise California's minimum wage.

Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

No answer provided.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $82,983

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

1
Employees of RENISON, JOHN
$47,811
2
Britton Customhouse Brokers and employees
$27,600
3
Jean Fuller for Assembly 2018
$4,200
4
Employees of Pure Financial Advisors
$1,000
5
California Trailblazers
$862

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.93%)
Small contributions (0.07%)
99.93%

By Type:

From organizations (10.99%)
From individuals (89.01%)
10.99%89.01%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

I understand the value of hard work. I am raising my family in San Diego because it is the greatest city in the world. At an early age, I joined my family owned small business and under my leadership, we have created many jobs for our community and strongly believe that government should aid innovation and advancement, not stifle it.

My experience in the on demand economy sector with the creation of my startup has helped me understand the needs of San Diego’s economy first hand. I know how to run a business and how to adapt to an ever changing world. I can lead our area the same way I have led my business, with common sense practices and real world ideas. Recently I was Discover San Diego Entrepreneur of the Month and have been an inspirational speaker on entrepreneurship. 

I understand what it will take to have California ready for the 21st century. I know how to work around the clock to achieve real results and not be another in a long line of ineffective Sacramento politicians that are there to please special interestsI will dedicate my time and energy to making San Diego safe and successful. Most of all, I want to make sure that we have a fantastic place for my family and yours.

Official Statement

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

[State law allows candidates for State Senate and State Assembly who accept voluntary campaign spending limits to submit paid candidate statements in County voter information pamplets. This candidate was eligible to submit a paid statement, but chose not to do so.]

Videos (2)

— October 3, 2016 Candidates campaign.

John Renison provides a brief overview on what is required to jumpstart California's economic growth. 

— October 3, 2016 Candidates campaign.

John Renison speaks about California having the potential to prosper. 

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