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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
June 7, 2016 —California Primary Election

California State Assembly — ” Edward Ritchie, Candidate for District 3

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Edward Ritchie

Democratic
Business Contracts Representative
42,700 votes (39%)Winning
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  • People. #1 priority not Party and platforms. We are today, business and Environmentally conscious and they both have strong lobbies People and their interest to often go unheard.
  • Jobs and Opportunity through public and private partnerships Apprenticeship programs ,Technical training and job skills thru linked learning with our community college districts
  • Transparency of independent expenditures.
Profession:Retired
Board of Directors member, 13th District Agricultural Association Yuba Sutter Fair Board — Elected position (2015–current)
District Representative, Operating Engineers (2006–2016)
Board of Directors Member, North central counties consortium workforce development board — Appointed position (2013–2016)
President, Marysville Central Labor Council — Elected position (2010–2016)
General Foreman, Teichert Aggregates (1987–2006)

Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority Member Board of Directors (2015 to present).13th Agricultural Association, Yuba Sutter Fair, Member Board of Directors (2015 to present). North Central Counties Consortium Workforce Development Member Board of Directors  (2013 to 2016). Retired Business and employee representative (2006 to 2016).

1.
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. 

Answer from Edward Ritchie:

We should leave no options behind. Water Storage ,Surface and Underground. Water conservation and related inovation not only will help us manage our resources but will also create  opprotunities for employment.

2.
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?

Answer from Edward Ritchie:

Our legislature should continue to push for full disclosure of funds spent by third party pacs not controlled by the candidate .We need to strengthen our laws on lobbying office holders and consider those meetings as public meetings.

3.
Minimum Wage

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 Edward Ritchie:

Yes . I do support the increase of minimum wage. I  believe that the impact on jobs if any at all are out wieged by the econimics of consumer spending and the ability of full time workers to not have to rely on public services.

4.
Fiscal Priorities

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

Answer from Edward Ritchie:

Infrastucture, Education, restoring social programs that have been cut. 

 

Total money raised: $53,788

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

1
Operating Engineers Local 3
$17,000
2
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
$11,500
3
California Democratic Party
$3,001
4
Employees of Law Office Of Raj Chima
$2,918
5
NorCal Pipeline Services
$2,500

By State:

California 97.88%
District of Columbia 1.88%
Florida 0.24%
97.88%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.70%)
Small contributions (1.30%)
98.70%

By Type:

From organizations (83.26%)
From individuals (16.74%)
83.26%16.74%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: Butte County Clerk

Our region is beautiful and abundant.  Not only do we supply California with food, water, and lumber, we’re a destination for every kind of recreation.

Yet in Sacramento, urban legislators draft laws without understanding our issues, concerns, or how that legislation will impact entire Northern California communities.  We don’t have the support we need to protect our water, adequately reduce fire risk, attract jobs, or build an economy resilient and vibrant enough to attract our kids to stay here.

Northern California is beautiful and vitally important to the state.  We should never be an afterthought, or left out of the conversation.  It’s the responsibility of our representative to make sure we’re engaged, our needs are understood, and that we have the right allies to impact legislation.  We need leaders who can build bridges, effectively advocate, and educate urban county legislators so they better understand how laws might impact our region.  And our leaders should represent the diversity of our district.  There’s clearly work to do.

I’ve spent a lifetime supporting small business, local communities, and working families.  I’ve built a strong reputation for successfully helping to overcome divisions, bring sides together, and find solutions that work for everyone.  I believe in action over words, and solutions over rhetoric.  I would be very honored to represent the needs and importance of our counties in the Assembly – and bring results home to you.

North Central Counties Workforce Development Board; Yuba Sutter Fair Board, Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority Board.

www.EdRitchie4Assembly.com

Facebook.com/EdRitchie4Assembly

Email edward.h.ritchie@gmail.com

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