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California State SenateCandidate for District 34

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Rhonda Shader

Mayor/Small Businesswoman
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Empower and fund local governments to combat homelessness
  • Lower the gas tax and the sales tax to decrease the cost of living
  • Ensure teachers, firefighters, police officers, and Sheriff’s deputies have the resources they need to do their jobs



Profession:Mayor of Placentia and Small Businessowner
Insurance Agent, Self Employed (2008–current)
Life and Health Coach, Self Employed (2018–current)
Council Member, City of Placentia — Elected position (2016–current)
Commissioner, Orange County Housing & Community Development — Appointed position (2021–current)


University of Phoenix Bachelor of Arts Degree, Business Management (1998)
Santa Ana College Associate of Arts Degree, Paralegal Studies (1991)

Community Activities

Board of Director, Lot318 (2019–current)


I proudly call Orange County home: my husband and I raised our children here, and I own my small business here.

 In 2016, a City employee embezzled $5,000,000 of taxpayer money.  I was outraged, so I ran for office for the first time and was elected as a Councilwoman.  Since my election, I helped my city recover from that crime, became Mayor, and delivered results:


Launched our own Fire Department, saving $28,000,000

Created California’s first joint City-County infrastructure district, producing 5,000 high-paying jobs

Streamlined business license processes to help new small businesses

Provided housing for homeless veterans

Grants, flexible City approvals, and other support during COVID

With my experience as a small businessowner, Councilwoman, and Mayor, I know how to bring together best practices from both the public and private sectors.

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $42,025

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

Orangethorpe Investment Partners, Inc.
Republican Party of Orange County
Employees of ERA Real Estate
Personal Insurance Federation of California
Richie's Installations Inc.

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.48%)
Small contributions (2.52%)

By Type:

From organizations (39.83%)
From individuals (60.17%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

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