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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 32

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Todd Cotta

Small Business Owner
19,957 votes (41.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Build California Economy
  • Reduce regulation
  • Lower fees and taxes



Profession:Small Business Owner
Deputy Sheriff, Monterey - Fresno (1996–2016)
Laguna irrigation district, Supervisor district 1 — Elected position (2003–2015)


Hartnell College Associate Degree, General Arts (1998)
Hartnell College AA, General (1997)


Born in the central San Joaquin Valley.   College educated AA from Hartell College.  Farmer 40 years, retired deputy sheriff, former irrigation district supervisor.   Small business owner for last 8 years.    Married for 24 years with two teen agers.  

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Todd Cotta:

Rent controls don't work.   Deregulation of the housing market would be the first step in bringing home prices down.   Allow builders to build more diverse housing and neighborhood types.   Make building hundreds of thousands homes and apartments an economic sound choice for developers.  

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Todd Cotta:

Increase water storage options with new and expanded resivoirs.   Promote water purification measures for southern California to stop the theft if water from northern California.  

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 Todd Cotta:

Continue to support organizations who are making wrong, quantifiable inroads to new materials and technologies that will improve our environment.   Not blindly follow alarmist who just want to raise regulation and casue out cost of living to rise. 

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Todd Cotta:

Find ways to reduce the cost of incarceration.  Releasing prisoners should always be a last resort.  

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $19,030

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

Renewable Solar, Inc.
Employees of sunny brooks farms
Kings County Republican Central Committee
California Republican Party

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.34%)
Small contributions (0.66%)

By Type:

From organizations (56.36%)
From individuals (43.64%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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