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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 58

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John Paul Drayer

1,653 votes (3.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Cut Taxes for Families & Small Businesses
  • End the Homeless-Health Care Crisis with more affordable housing
  • Protect our schools & neighborhoods from gun violence with more police & school counselors



Profession:Businessman/ Educator
Small Business Owner, Self (2014–current)
Cerritos College Trustee, Cerritos College Board of Trustees — Elected position (2012–2017)

Community Activities

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1975–1980)
Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America (1975–1980)


I was Born & raised in the 58th Assembly District. My great grandparents on my mom’s side came to Bellflower  in the 1930’s. On my dad’s side my Great Grandfather “Papa” lived & died in Bell Gardens until he was 99 years old.


I attended local schools in Bellflower & Downey. I have 3 college degrees from Cerritos College, CSULB, and a Masters in Educational Counseling from CSUDH. Also I have Teaching & Counseling Credentials. 

My dad was my little league coach, mom was my den mother, which helped me achieve my Eagle Scout Award in Cerritos.


Profession: Educator & Tennis Coach for over 30 years in LA & Orange County Schools, for the last 3 years since my father the former Mayor of Bellflower & Los Cerritos Superior Court Commissioner Ed Drayer died, I have be running our family businesses in Bellflower, Downey, & our Mexican Seafood Restaurant Building in Paramount.

Finally my community accomplishments: I helped reduced election costs for Downey School Board & Bellflower City Council by empowering neighborhoods & I was elected to the Cerritos College Board of trustees building new college buildings on time & under budget. However due to my father’s untimely death I retired from the board to complete my father’s probate, which I finished last June. Since I retired from the board I have worked actively with the Accreditation Commission & spoke up for the community & students in regards to the illegal leasing of student parking & the Strawberry patch in violation of the zoning laws of the city of Cerritos & Brown Act in not properly informing the public occurred.  The State Attorney General agreed with me that laws were broken by the college, but due to the limited budget of the DA’s Office could not take action at this time.

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (4)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from John Paul Drayer:


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 John Paul Drayer:

Community forums & an educational campaign to show more respect for differing view points.

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow that your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from John Paul Drayer:

Recapture more rainwater & run offalong our creeks & rivers. Reduced costs low flow toilets, shower heads, rain barrels, & other incentives to replace lawns.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?
Answer from John Paul Drayer:

Increase school attendance by holding students & parents accountable to keep kids in school & off the streets.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Reduce red tape, taxes, & regulations to improve business revenues to afford more affordable housing & health care for the homeless & uninsured.


Protect our schools & neighborhoods from gun violence with closed campuses, random searches, more school police & pro-active Counseling. 

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