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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

Lieutenant Governor —State of CaliforniaJune 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

State of CaliforniaLieutenant Governor

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (21,487/21,487).

About this office

Next in line: Becomes Governor if the elected Governor leaves office. Has a tie-breaking vote in the State Senate. Serves on boards and commissions.

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Who’s Running?

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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Democratic
Businesswoman/Economic Advisor
1,586,576 votes (24.2%)Winning
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  • I will advance policies to build more affordable housing, reform healthcare, and prepare California’s economy for the 21st Century as the chair of the Commission for Economic Development.
  • I will work tirelessly to lower the cost of a UC and CSU education as a member of those important boards.
  • I’ll fight any expansion of offshore oil drilling as a member of the State Lands Commission.
Profession:Businesswoman

Eleni Kounalakis is a California businesswoman, a Democratic Party activist, a wife and the mother of two teenage sons, and the former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary under President Barack Obama. Eleni was raised the proud daughter of an immigrant, who started out as a farmworker, and a school teacher. She deeply believes in the values of hard work, education and political activism.

 

In 1992, Eleni started her career as a staff member of the California Democratic Party in Sacramento and worked in the historic election which elected two women to the U.S. Senate and turned California blue.

 

After the election, Eleni joined her family business, AKT Development, one of California’s most respected housing development firms. Over the next 18 years, Eleni worked her way up from project manager to president. Her work building master planned communities and delivering housing for middle-class families in the Sacramento region earned her recognition as one of Sacramento’s most prominent businesswomen.

 

In 2010, Eleni was appointed by President Barack Obama as the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and served side-by-side President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton promoting democracy. She is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Madam Ambassador, Three Years of Diplomacy, Dinner Parties and Democracy in Budapest, published in 2015 by The New Press.

 

Ambassador Kounalakis continued to work as a democratic activist, working on the campaigns of countless progressive candidates and initiatives. Passionate about early childhood development, she served on California’s First 5 Commission and the California Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism. She was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee to the San Francisco Port Commission, and currently chairs the California Advisory Council for International Trade and Investment.

 

Eleni Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989, and earned her MBA from
UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1992. She also holds an Honorary Doctorate of
Laws from the American College of Greece. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, veteran journalist Markos Kounalakis, and their two sons, Neo and Eon.

Total money raised: $6,607,851

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

1
Eleni Kounalakis
$4,178,096
2
Employees of AKT Development
$61,200
3
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
$29,200
4
Employees of ValueAct Capital
$25,949
5
Employees of Stanford University
$22,394

By State:

California 96.90%
New York 1.47%
District of Columbia 0.40%
Nevada 0.30%
Other 0.94%
96.90%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.75%)
Small contributions (0.25%)
99.75%

By Type:

From organizations (5.16%)
From individuals (94.84%)
94.84%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Democratic
State Senator/Businessman
1,346,848 votes (20.6%)Winning
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  • Education: I’m deeply committed to debt-free college for all students. I am an advocate for reinvesting in our K-12 public schools, community colleges, public universities, and our vocational/ career tech programs.
  • Healthcare: As an Optometrist, I've seen the devastation a lack of access to healthcare has on our communities. I've been a champion for expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare, and I will continue fighting for universal healthcare.
  • Immigration: I will work to ensure that California embraces policies that protect local and state agencies, including law enforcement, from becoming de facto immigration agents for the federal government. I fully support the reinstatement of DACA.
Profession:State Senator/Businessman
State Senator, California State Senate (2010–current)
Optometrist, Self (1987–current)
State Senator, California State Senate — Elected position (2010–current)
California State Assembly Member, California State Assembly (2006–2010)
State Assembly Member, California State Assembly — Elected position (2006–2010)
President, California State Board of Optometry — Appointed position (2003–2006)
Indiana University Doctor of Optometry Degree, Optometry (1986)
California State University Fullerton Bachelor of Science, Biology (1982)
Rio Hondo College General Education, General Education (1979)
Mt. San Antonio College General Education, General Education (1977)
Bassett High School High School Diploma, General (1975)
1.
Question 1

The Lieutenant Governor sits on the UC Board of Regents and the CSU Board of Trustees.  What are your ideas for the future of higher education in California public universities and colleges?

Answer from Ed Hernandez:

California’s standards of educational excellence have long set us apart and above. However, in recent years rising tuition and increased student debt have led many prospective students and young people to become disillusioned with the appeal of a higher education. In order to secure our developmental future and continued tradition of success and excellence, California must make our educational system more accountable and accessible to students. We have to ensure our educational standards of excellence don't slip. Recently, I authored SCA 14, a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would limit the budgetary autonomy of the Board of Regents and enact changes to the Board to make it more accountable to the students. But beyond the changes made to the Board of Regents, the State of California also needs to provide more funding to our UC and CSU systems so that we can return to the dream of truly affordable higher education set forth in the California Master Plan for Higher Education. In addition, I proudly supported Assemblymember Santiago's California College Promise, which passed last fall and made the first year of community college free to all qualified Californians. This is a major victory for California's students, but we must continue to protect those that are still facing crippling student debt.

 

 

2.
Question 2

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What would you do to reduce income inequality in California? 

Answer from Ed Hernandez:

During my time in the State Legislature, I have worked to address income inequality and improve opportunities for economic mobility by making a quality education more accessible to all young people. In addition, I have championed investments in workforce development and job-training as well as vocational and career technical programs that help level the field. Another step to combat income inequality and rebuild our middle class is closing antiquated tax loopholes that benefit corporations and the wealthy. As Lieutenant Governor, I will advocate for a fairer, more progressive tax code to help mend the wealth-gap.  

 

 

3.
Question 3

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Governor to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

Answer from Ed Hernandez:

We  owe it  to our public  employees and to  the people’s faith  in government to keep  the promises we make and  guarantee defined benefit retirement  plans. Defined contribution plans would  be a betrayal of the promise we’ve made  to California’s workers that they retire with  a livable pension and I will fight passionately  against such a change.

In  addition,  I proudly supported  SB 1234 which launched  the California Secure Choice  Retirement Savings Program, now  known as CalSavers, the most significant  expansion of retirement security since we passed  Social Security. CalSavers is a voluntary savings plan  for private sector California workers that will incur no  cost or liability to taxpayers or employers. As Lieutenant  Governor, I will work to protect defined benefit pension plans  for public employees and continue working with my colleagues in the  State Legislature to identify creative strategies to help guarantee a dignified  retirement for all working Californians.

4.
Question 4

There is a shortage of affordable housing in California. How would you approach addressing California’s housing crisis? Please include specific proposals.

Answer from Ed Hernandez:

California is facing an extreme affordable housing crisis and I support efforts to fund statewide affordable housing initiatives and will advocate for affordable housing ordinances to create desperately needed low-income housing for seniors, families, the mentally ill, and the disabled. Additionally, I support earmarked funds for LGBT affirmative housing. We should continue to pass legislation to combat gender identity discrimination in housing, education, and employment. As Lieutenant Governor, I’ll urge cities throughout the state to enhance their use of inclusionary zoning by mandating that developers make a percentage of their units below market rate value. In the State Legislature, I have consistently voted for affordable housing initiatives and I supported Senate Bill 2, the Building Homes and Jobs Act, which will build safe and affordable apartments and single-family homes while creating 29,000 jobs for every $500 million invested in affordable housing. Also, I was proud to support Senate Bill 35, which streamlined the zoning process for affordable housing, reducing the red tape that interferes with that process. Ultimately, I believe we need to lower the cost of housing and increase the number of units so people are not completely priced out of the area they work in, or worse still, left homeless.

5.
Question 5

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 Ed Hernandez:

Our nation is experiencing unprecedented division and political unrest. But with the enormous societal and economic hardships we are grappling with today, we need to be able to talk to one another and come up with solutions to the challenges we all collectively face.

As a statewide leader, I will work to lead by example and create a culture of inclusivity and respect. I  believe I have a unique ability to appeal to both the progressive wing of the Democratic Party  and moderate voters due to my record of creating positive change for Californians and listening to all  sides of an issue. If elected as Lieutenant Governor, I will use the bully pulpit of this office to advocate for people over party. I will work with all stakeholders in the community to launch public education campaigns and hold community events that promote togetherness and creative problem solving, regardless of political views.

In addition, I will protect every Californian’s freedom of speech, hold those guilty of hate crimes responsible, and invest in education. A good education gives young people critical thinking skills that allow them to make responsible decisions and open their minds to new cultures and ideas.

Total money raised: $1,760,162

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

1
AFSCME California
$29,200
1
Laborers Pacific Southwest Regional Organizing Coalition
$29,200
1
Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16
$29,200
1
UA Local Union 250
$29,200
2
Peace Officers Research Association of California
$27,100

By State:

California 90.02%
District of Columbia 2.04%
Texas 1.68%
New York 0.98%
Other 5.29%
90.02%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.59%)
Small contributions (0.41%)
99.59%

By Type:

From organizations (85.86%)
From individuals (14.14%)
85.86%14.14%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
— May 25, 2018 Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor
— May 25, 2018 Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor
— May 25, 2018 Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor
— May 25, 2018 Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor
— May 25, 2018 Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor
Republican
Father/Entrepreneur/Businessman
1,142,957 votes (17.5%)
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  • Spending: I will push to review state spending plans to make certain efficiency is the primary goal of state government as the current situation is unsustainable.
  • Jobs and the Economy: I will try to cut red tape for small businesses. I want to promote a climate that builds consensus between state government and private enterprise to foster economic growth in California.
  • Affordable Housing: There is a severe shortage of housing in California. I want to loosen the cumbersome regulatory burden to stimulate the housing industry, and resolve the problems which have been ignored by Sacramento for years.
Profession:Father, Businessman, Entrepreneur

Cole Harris is a native Californian born in Downy California and raised in Antelope Valley. He founded his first business at the young age of 14 and another while in college. Through his hard work and perseverance, it grew into a successful company with strategic relationships across the globe. In his career, he routinely worked to encourage innovative ideas, fostering a culture of cooperation and consensus building. He will bring this approach with him to Sacramento.

Total money raised: $2,483,381

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

1
Cole Harris
$2,200,000
2
Employees of Architect Investment LLC
$11,000
3
Employees of Indochine International
$10,000
3
Skincare Market, Inc.
$10,000
4
Employees of Green Pasture International, Inc.
$7,500

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.97%)
Small contributions (0.03%)
99.97%

By Type:

From organizations (1.76%)
From individuals (98.24%)
98.24%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Democratic
Attorney/Educator
647,335 votes (9.9%)
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  • EDUCATION: As a leader within the UC and Cal State systems, I’ll work with the Legislature, as well as faculty and students to create greater access and affordability for California students, and the necessary training that the new economy requires.
  • HOUSING: I’ll work with stakeholders throughout the state to create regional strategies to produce more cost-effective and sustainable ways of ensuring adequate housing, and help bring regional communities come together to address a common challenge.
  • ENVIRONMENT: I’ll use the Lt. Governor’s positions on environmental councils & commissions to fight Donald Trump’s assault on California’s environment. I’m endorsed by the Sierra Club who said I’m “hands down, the best candidate for Lt. Governor.”
Profession:Attorney and Educator
Total money raised: $2,309,582

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

1
Employees of Munger, Tolles & Olson
$140,165
2
Employees of Dentons
$24,694
3
Employees of Sentinel Real Estate Corporation
$23,100
4
Employees of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
$22,900
5
Employees of Farella Braun and Martel
$17,500

By State:

California 83.86%
New York 5.66%
Illinois 2.25%
District of Columbia 1.84%
Other 6.38%
83.86%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.42%)
Small contributions (0.58%)
99.42%

By Type:

From organizations (2.00%)
From individuals (98.00%)
98.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Republican
Entrepreneur
515,347 votes (7.9%)
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  • FIGHT FRAUD - White Collar crime & political influence peddling has followed the money to San Francisco, Silicon Valley & Sacramento. I will expose & fight the fraud that is costing tax payer dollars and undermining our system.
  • CUT GOVERNMENT WASTE - The first thing I will do as Lieutenant Governor is to audit the government books & processes and rid the waste that obstructs real businesses & innovation.
  • CREATE JOBS - While corrupt San Francisco is getting rich, much of California has been forgotten and held back. My focus will be to bring jobs to all areas of California.
Profession:Entrepreneur
Founder, Media Bay Ventures (2014–current)
Chairman, Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council, Beat 1X, Oakland Police Department, Oakland, CA — Elected position (2016–2017)
Center for the Pacific Rim, University of San Francisco Master of Arts, Asian Studies (1996)
Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Marketing Degree (1991)
Eagle Scout, Boys Scouts of America (1979–1986)

David Fennell is an entrepreneur who comes from an extended family of inventors and early technology pioneers in Silicon Valley. With his parents working for legendary California research centers and companies such as XEROX PARC, Mare Island Nuclear Power School, Applied Materials, Phillips Semiconductor, Lam Research Corporation, Qualcomm, Dreamworks, and The Aerospace Corporation, technology and new discoveries were regular dinner table conversations in the Fennell household. 

 

David grew up Catholic in the farming and fishing community of Half Moon Bay California, in San Mateo County where his parents commuted one hour each way to Silicon Valley. This allowed David to be raised in a farming and beach community on the San Mateo Coast, where he became an Eagle Scout and an avid outdoorsman.

 

David spent his summers with his father at XEROX PARC where he used the computer mouse, GUI Interface and the Internet long before Steve Jobs use this new tech to launch Macintosh in 1984, and 16 years before Bill Gates announced Windows 98. Seeing the extremely talented and hard working XEROX PARC team invent all the basics of modern computing while also watching Steve Jobs with his marketing knowledge make millions from their inventions, David decided to switch his college major from science and engineering to a Bachelor of Science in Commerce with a degree in Marketing.  

 

After graduating from Santa Clara University in 1991, David took a job at a Silicon Valley Aerospace company in Sunnyvale that produced components for the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk Helicopter. As a technology hobbyist, David also took a night and weekend job in Redwood City for one of the only technology retailers in the US that was chosen by Steve Jobs to sell NeXT Computers.  

 

In 1993 David moved to Asia where he studied Chinese at the Beijing Language Institute in Beijing, China, and continued traveling and working in more than 30 countries. David received his Masters Degree in Asian Studies from the University of San Francisco, Center for the Pacific Rim. 

 

David has been the founder of several technology companies, where during the formation of these companies, he dealt with the bureaucracies of Sacramento and discovered first hand, how difficult doing business in California can be.

David also began to uncover fraudulent operations of Wall Street criminals operating 15 miles north of Silicon Valley in San Francisco. With great dismay, he watched ex Wall Street business people change the technology focused Silicon Valley he loved, into a center of corruption and greed. 

 

In 2008, David began reporting fraudulent activity to the FBI, FDIC, DOE and has been actively working to shine a light on over $3 Billion dollars in confirmed criminal fraud in San Mateo County.  This investigation has included more than 50 meetings and presentations with law enforcement officials related to corporate lawyers and their role in orchestrating DotCom Green Energy fraud. These corrupt deals have also included local developers and their role in the United Commercial Bank TARP Fraud, (Costing the FDIC $2.5 Billion) and the laundering of American Sterling Bank funds through the California Republican Party (Costing tax payers $42 Million).

 

Despite naysayers suggesting that the corruption is too big to fix, David made the decision to throw his hat into the race for Lieutenant Governor to help crack down on fraud once and for all in California.

 

 

If elected David Fennell will be a voice for change, and a voice for all Californians. David will help put California back on the map as the best state in the country to live, work and do business in.

1.
Question 1

The Lieutenant Governor sits on the UC Board of Regents and the CSU Board of Trustees.  What are your ideas for the future of higher education in California public universities and colleges?

Answer from David Fennell:

California has one of the greatest public education systems in the world. To improve the system I would audit the books and eliminate fraud and waste such as UC President Janet Napolitano’s $175 million slush fund.

2.
Question 2

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What would you do to reduce income inequality in California? 

Answer from David Fennell:

Create more jobs in rural and low income areas.

3.
Question 3

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Governor to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

Answer from David Fennell:

Cut waste in Crony Capitalist projects that are using pensions funds and violating ERISA laws.

4.
Question 4

There is a shortage of affordable housing in California. How would you approach addressing California’s housing crisis? Please include specific proposals.

No answer provided.
5.
Question 5

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 David Fennell:

Lead by example. I listen to all sides and remain civil with those I disagree.

Total money raised: $33,025

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

1
David Fennell
$33,025

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

It is time to toss out the current political class and bring new blood to Sacramento!

 

DAVID FENNELL SUPPORTS: 

U.S. Constitution

2nd amendment

President Trump

Free Enterprise

Religious Liberty

Prop 13

Trump’s Border Wall

 

DAVID FENNELL OPPOSES:

Sanctuary Cities

Gas tax

High speed rail
Crony Capitalism

— May 30, 2018 Dave Fennell Lieutenant Governor 2018

David Fennell knows how to fix Sacramento! When you elect me to be your Lieutenant Governor I will do 3 things: 

 

1)Fight Fraud in Sacramento

 

2)Cut government waste

 

3)Promote Jobs

Republican
Economist/Businesswoman/Educator
419,092 votes (6.4%)
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Total money raised: $60,590

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

1
Lydia Ortega
$10,411
2
Employees of Self Employed - Charles Olson
$5,000
3
Employees of California Water Service Group
$3,000
4
Employees of Lisi
$2,500
4
Employees of Morning Star Company
$2,500

By State:

California 82.37%
New York 16.87%
Virginia 0.42%
Michigan 0.17%
Pennsylvania 0.17%
82.37%16.87%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.81%)
Small contributions (2.19%)
97.81%

By Type:

From organizations (0.84%)
From individuals (99.16%)
99.16%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Republican
Retired Business Owner
404,663 votes (6.2%)
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Total money raised: $14,110

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

1
C & M Metals
$7,000
2
Apartment Owners Association
$1,700
3
Active Recycling Co.
$1,000
3
Linda Vista Rd Apts.
$1,000
4
Employees of Bravo Systems
$200

By State:

California 99.25%
Virginia 0.75%
99.25%

By Size:

Large contributions (94.22%)
Small contributions (5.78%)
94.22%

By Type:

From organizations (80.48%)
From individuals (19.52%)
80.48%19.52%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
No Party Preference
Community Organizer/Educator
263,049 votes (4%)
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  • Encourage building local, diverse, inclusive, corporate-free progressive alliances in cities throughout California and facilitate a network of progressive groups and statewide unions to pressure the legislature to get our statewide issues.passed.
  • Fight for Single Payer "Medicare for all", Free Public College, Closing Prop 13 corporate loophole, a Progressive Millionaires Tax, an Oil Severance Tax, a CA Public Bank, affordable housing, & defend unions, our public schools and immigrant rights.
  • Keep a watchful eye on Sacramento backroom deals, denounce the corporate control of our statewide politics, and organize progressive organizations and leaders to implement a People's Agenda.
Profession:Former Mayor of Richmond, CA / Community Organizer
Councilmember, City of Richmond (2015–2017)
City Councilmember, Richmond City Council — Elected position (2015–2017)
Mayor, City of Richmond (2007–2014)
Mayor, City of Richmond, California — Elected position (2011–2014)
Mayor, City of Richmond, California — Elected position (2007–2010)
Councilmember, City olf Richmond (2005–2006)
City Councilmember, Richmond City Council — Elected position (2005–2006)
UC Berkeley Extension Graduate studies, Education (2000)
Rhode Island College Graduate studies, Psychology (1997)
Bridgewater State University Bachelor of Science - Summa Cum Laude, Psychology (1995)
Founder and organizer of the Richmond Progreessive Alliance (2003-2018), Richmond Porgressive Alliance (2003–current)

Early Years

I was born in Chicago, Illinois into a working class union family. I’m the middle child of five daughters. My father was a carpenter and member of the Carpenter’s Union and my mother was a factory worker and housewife. As a young activist during the 1980’s, I worked with the Central American solidarity movement, People United to Save Humanity (PUSH), and the Rainbow Coalition. I’m married to Paul Kilkenny, also a Richmond activist for social and environmental justice.

Work

As Mayor, I led the City in a progressive direction, and Richmond was significantly transformed into a better City. Under my leadership Richmond passed the first rent control law in California in 30 years, increased the minimum wage, reduced homicides 75% in 8 years, forced Chevron to pay on average an additional $7.5 million in taxes per year and sued Chevron for damage to the population, promoted Community Choice Aggregation resulting in 85% of homeowners and businesses now receiving greener and cheaper energy.

I also prioritized the interests of Richmond residents and families, advocating for residents evicted by banks and speculators and approving policies to hold Wall Street accountable. I proudly stood up for my community with the Richmond CARES (Community Action to Restore Equity and Stability) the foreclosure prevention program that sought to acquire underwater mortgages in Richmond from the banks (either through voluntarily sales or through eminent domain) so the City can refinance the loans for the homeowners with reduced principals in line with current home values.

I also voted to assist Kennedy High School and other public Richmond schools with $3 million, I opposed privatizing public education and the expansion of Charter Schools, passed resolutions in support of single-payer universal healthcare coverage, and was in the forefront of defending Richmond’s immigrant population.

I am a founding member of the Richmond Progressive Alliance (RPA), a corporate-free grassroots political organization which has many successes in Richmond, Ca. The RPA is also an Our Revolution affiliated organization and Bernie Sanders endorsed me in 2014. I was elected and served the people of Richmond for the last 13 years as Richmond’s first corporate-free councilmember (2005-2006/2015-2017) and two term mayor (2007-2014). I blazed the path in Richmond and in 2017 Richmond has a super-majority of five out of seven councilmembers who are true progressives, members of the RPA, and elected without a dime of corporate money.

Background

I have a background as an educator, and professional experience in nonprofit leadership organizations promoting literacy, social justice, and environmental health. I was also involved in nonprofit research and data-driven projects addressing the needs of disadvantaged youth. I also co-founded Solar Richmond, a nationally-recognized local program promoting solar power and green jobs in Richmond, and Richmond Residents for a Responsible General Plan, a community organization committed to ensuring that the General Plan process be transparent and open to public participation.

I am an independent (NPP) Bernie Sanders supporter.  Regarding our progressive work in Richmond, Bernie said:

“Whether you know it or not, the eyes of the country are on you. And if Chevron can roll over you, they and their buddies will roll over every community in America. If you can stand up and beat them with all of their money, you’re going to give hope to people all over America that we can control our destinies.”

“These inspiring victories in Richmond would not have been possible without the prior development of a multi-issue, multi-racial progressive organization. Our country obviously needs a great deal of change at the state and federal levels. But laying a solid local foundation, like activists in Richmond have done, is an important first step toward overcoming working-class alienation from politics and resulting low voter-turnout rates.” – Bernie Sanders, from the foreword to “Refinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City” by Steve Early

Accomplishments

·        Increased the local minimum wage to $15 by the end of 2018

·        Passed the first new Fair Rent Control and Just Cause for Eviction law in 30 years in California to protect renters and homeowners

·        Reduced homicides by 75% in eight years as Mayor – and crime in general – by promoting community policing, community mobilization against crime, and job training opportunities; created the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) while promoting a reform-minded chief of police.

·        Defeated Chevron’s $3.5 million attempt to buy local elections 

·        Defended immigrant rights and the city’s sanctuary status, ended drivers’ license checkpoints and created a municipal identification for all people residing in Richmond who wanted an ID

·         Redefined Chevron’s tax ($114 million additional taxes) and environmental obligations

·         Filed a law suit against Chevron for its abuses and damages to Richmond residents

·         Promoted a plan to keep homeowners in their homes and neighborhoods stable by appropriating ‘underwater’ mortgages from banks using City eminent domain powers (Richmond CARES)

·         Increased powers of the Citizens Police Review Commission

·         Rejected an urban casino in Richmond and preserving the North Richmond shoreline from bad development

·         Promoted Community Aggregation Choice electricity for Richmond, by which currently 85% of residents and businesses get greener and less expensive electricity

·         Promoted solidarity and the development of worker cooperative

·         Ended the local criminalization of the homeless

·          Affirmed and defended LGBT rights and equality for all in Richmond

·          Defended City employees and their union, SEIU 1021

·          Implemented safe return policies for residents returning from incarceration

·          Opposed the expansion of local jails

·          Defended public schools, opposed the expansion of charter schools

·          Opposed the  Patriot Act, militarism, wars and U.S. acts of economic aggression and embargoes against foreign countries

·          Created a nationally-acclaimed green jobs training program, leading the Bay Area in solar installations per capita (2010)

·          Advanced a local Climate Action Plan, a moratorium on pesticide use, a green building ordinance, a plastic bag ban, a Styrofoam ban, bicycle paths and cultural activities

·         Helped secure a supermajority of corporate-free progressives (n=5 out of 7) on the Richmond City Council.

Awards

  •    2016 “Millie Award, Leadership in the fight to pass rent control and just cause for eviction” from the Tenant Lawyer Network- a project of Tenants Together
  •    2015 “Phil Burton Badge of Courage for Protecting Democracy and the Environment from Corporate Pollution” from the Sierra Club
  •    2015 “13th Annual Human Rights Award: Democracy”, from Human Agenda
  •    2015 “Building Strength California Gala Honor, in Supporting The Innovative Richmond CARES Programs and Standing Up Against Corporate Greed”, from ACCE Institute and the Center for Popular Democracy
  •    2014 “Day of Peace Award of Appreciation” from San Quentin State Prison
  •    2013 “Award for Excellent Leadership” Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
  •    2013 “Best Politician Against All Odds” from East Bay Express
  •    2011 “Homeless Advocacy in Action Award” from Saffron Strand,
  •    2009 “Solar Champion Award Leading Solar City” from Environment California
  •    2008 “Contribution to Environmental Justice Award” from Communities for a Better Environment
1.
Question 1

The Lieutenant Governor sits on the UC Board of Regents and the CSU Board of Trustees.  What are your ideas for the future of higher education in California public universities and colleges?

Answer from Gayle McLaughlin:

 

 I stand for and will fight for Free Public College California.

California needs to offer all its residents tuition-free attendance at public four-year colleges, universities and community colleges. Stopping the increase in the current tuition is not enough. A cumulative tuition of $100,000 for a degree at a four year college California is something most working families cannot afford. Public colleges must be tuition free and all students, including Community college students need to be included in scholarships to support student living. There is plenty of wealth in our state. What is needed is the political will to put students and our future over corporate greed. Other advanced nations are educating their future professionals and scholars without discriminating and without loading them with debt. We need to do the same!  Free Public College, No debt!

2.
Question 2

California has some of the richest people in the country and some of the poorest. What would you do to reduce income inequality in California? 

Answer from Gayle McLaughlin:

 

The following are policies that I support that will help reverse inequality:

1.       Increase the Minimum Wage to $15 an hour adjust it for inflation working towards a Livable Wage

2.       Institute Medicare-for-all universal health care coverage

3.       Tax the corporations and the rich their fair share and more than working families.

4.       Promote labor union organizing and collective bargaining

5.       Invest in education from early education to free public college

6.       Repeal Costa-Hawkins and implement statewide rent control.

7.       Build affordable housing on state land and with land trusts, reducing the cost to half

8.       Create a California Public Bank to pay less for financing of schools, housing, basic infrastructure

9.       Create a progressive millionaires tax: The more you earn, the more you pay.

10.   Build assets for working families, facilitate enrollment of workers in good retirement programs 

11.   Improve public transportation

12.   Make the tax code overall more progressive

13.   Support economic and racial integration in neighborhoods and schools, end residential segregation

 

3.
Question 3

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Governor to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

No answer provided.
4.
Question 4

There is a shortage of affordable housing in California. How would you approach addressing California’s housing crisis? Please include specific proposals.

No answer provided.
5.
Question 5

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?

No answer provided.
Total money raised: $194,105

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

1
Employees of 7 Stars
$3,000
1
Employees of Contra Costa College
$3,000
2
Employees of Federacy
$2,700
3
Employees of Active
$2,000
3
National Union of Healthcare Workers
$2,000
3
Employees of Pacific Gourmet
$2,000

By State:

California 90.59%
Colorado 5.55%
Washington 1.55%
Pennsylvania 0.85%
Other 1.45%
90.59%

By Size:

Large contributions (69.61%)
Small contributions (30.39%)
69.61%30.39%

By Type:

From organizations (2.78%)
From individuals (97.22%)
97.22%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Yes on Single-Payer ‘Medicare for All’

Summary

Single-Payer ‘Medicare for All’

Health care is not a commodity. Healthy California Act, SB 562, will ensure we all get the healthcare we need, when we need it, with the provider of our choice. No more insurance premiums, co-pays, and deductibles. Workers and government will save billions each year. Private Insurance and Big Pharma want to kill it. Corporate-controlled legislators are stalling it. Let’s fight for it!

 

Free Public College California

Summary

Free Public College California

California needs to offer its residents tuition-free attendance at public four-year colleges, universities and community colleges. Community college students need to be included in scholarships, and students from families with fewer resources should get more, not less as currently proposed by some Legislators in Sacramento. Free College, No debt!

A few days ago, I met with UC Berkeley students. The plans by the UC Board of Regents to raise tuition for students again was high among their concerns. I stated that this is exactly the opposite of what I stand for – free public college! I do not and I will not support tuition and fee hikes.

Students are rightfully outraged that the Board of Regents would consider raising tuition, considering that the​ Board has given significant raises to high-level administrators, and that last year’s audit shows it paying excessive salaries and mishandling funds, as well as hiding away $175 million in budget reserve funds.

I believe the UC Regents have an obligation to be strong advocates for students and to lobby the legislature for more money. Instead, under the board’s watch, California’s state legislature cut state funding per UC student by more the 50 percent, while leaving many corporate interests untouched and untaxed.

The mobilized students successfully were able to postpone the vote on the tuition until May. But they and all of us need to keep up the pressure, both on the Board of Regents and on the legislature.

As Lt. Governor I will fight to invest in our future and make public higher education tuition-free for all Californians. We can fund this initiative through taxing the highest income earners in the state. We need to start making the 1% and corporations pay their fair share. Being the only corporate free candidate in this race, I vow to always put our students ahead of corporate interests. When we invest in our future and in our state, we lift up our state!

We are building a serious movement to bring real change to California, and it is only possible because of your support. 

Building Affordable Housing

Summary

Rent control stops the bleeding. Eliminate the Costa-Hawkins Act, which prevents rent control on more than half the units. Have a fair statewide rent control law and just cause for eviction. Promote ‘real’ low-income housing with massive tax incentives, higher taxes on luxury construction, and participation in ‘land trust’ developments. Statewide Rent Control and low income housing now!

Access to safe and affordable housing without the fear of forced eviction is a fundamental human right. Yet, for too long our government has failed in ensuring this right to all of our fellow citizens. This failure has become a crisis worse here in California, where a third of all renters statewide spend more than half their income on rent.

The insufficient development of affordable housing and the concentration of development in luxurious and very profitable housing have caused affordable housing shortages. There is currently an estimated 1.5 million shortfall of low-income rental units across the state.

This affordable housing crisis we suffer requires a serious government intervention to prevent it from growing into a humanitarian disaster. It requires a massive financial investment by the State, the promotion of real low-income housing with tax incentives, higher taxes on luxury construction and the participation of State-owned land in ‘land trust’ developments.Low-income housing is a proven method of cooling off the market and keeping all housing costs in neighborhoods affordable.

But first, we must stop the bleeding. Cities must mobilize and pass local rent control ordinance like we did in Richmond last year. Council and voters passed the first rent control and just cause for eviction law in California in 30 years.

At the state level I will work with all true progressives to repeal the Costa Hawkins Rental Housing Act and the Ellis Act. Costa Hawkins has limited local government’s ability to enact rent control on over half of all units in California (newer buildings). The Ellis Act is used by landlords to change the use of a building and to get out of the rental business.

Immediately after these repeals, we must implement fair statewide rent control to combat greedy landlords from evicting low income tenants just to replace them with wealthier tenants for higher profits. We also need a ‘speculator’s tax’ that discourages landlords from keeping houses unoccupied.

We must get active in our communities, getting incorruptible corporate-free candidates elected to local rent boards and all levels of government.

Together, we can make a California where affordable housing is accessible and the fear of being homeless is non-existent. We simply need the political backbone for it. Thank you for standing strong with me today. We will get there!

In Solidarity,

Gayle

— April 23, 2018 Global Voices for Justice www.GVFJ.org

Gayle's experience as a corporate-free People First progressive leader in Richmond, CA (2005-2017) and beyond.

Libertarian
Strategist/Programmer/Entrepreneur
99,835 votes (1.5%)
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  • REDUCE SPENDING: Incentivize government employees to find cost savings. Elimination of the position of Lt. Governor.
  • ENHANCE EDUCATION: Explore more pilot programs. Listen to teachers, parents, and students. Partner with businesses and other organizations.
  • INCREASE LIBERTY: Decriminalize victim-less crimes. Reduce licensing obligations. Legalize ferrets as pets.
Profession:Strategist/Programmer/Entrepreneur
Principal Consultant to Energy and Technology Companies, DigiStack Inc. (2003–current)
Senior Manager of Day-Ahead Operations and Consultant, Southern California Edison - SCE, EIX (2007–current)
Chief Technology Officer, JTS.TV - Just The Story (2013–2017)
Utility Data Analyst, Grid Resource Coordinator, and Scheduler, Northern California Power Agency - NCPA, Silicon Valley Power - SVP, and California Independent System Operator - CISO (1998–2007)
Computer Technician, Roseville Joint Union High School District (1995–1998)
California State University - Sacramento (CSUS) Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Computer Science (2003)
Supervisory Committee - Chair, SCE Federal Credit Union (2016–current)
Volunteer - Board of Directors, Newsletter Editor, and Webmaster, Friends of Foster Children - San Gabriel Valley (2015–current)
Volunteer, Center for Financial Empowerment (2016–current)
Vice Chair - Los Angeles County, Treasurer - Region 63, Libertarian Party - Los Angeles (2017–current)
Board Member, North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) (2011–2014)
Total money raised: $25,773

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

1
Employees of DigiStack
$4,364
2
Employees of City of Calimesa
$2,000
2
Libertarian Party of California
$2,000
3
Employees of Jet Edge International
$1,000
3
Employees of Mindful Fusion Inc
$1,000
3
Employees of Poison Cosmetics
$1,000
3
Employees of sylvan union school district
$1,000

By State:

California 92.91%
Nevada 6.22%
Arizona 0.86%
92.91%

By Size:

Large contributions (89.92%)
Small contributions (10.08%)
89.92%10.08%

By Type:

From organizations (11.81%)
From individuals (88.19%)
11.81%88.19%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Democratic
Attorney
78,144 votes (1.2%)
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  • Stand up to Donald Trump by standing up on California Values (values like acceptance, equality, respect, and celebrating our diversity)
  • Push California to lead by example, in proposing, vetting, and passing the most aggressive set of environmental legislation ever seen
  • Making education a top priority of the state, including implementation of universal pre-school, free community college, and a freeze on UC and CSU tuition/fees
Profession:Attorney/Small Business Owner
University of San Diego School of Law J.D., Law (2006)
University of California, Riverside B.S., Business Adminstration (2003)

·      II’m a litigator. For the past 10 years I’ve represented individuals whose civil rights have been violated, who’ve been harassed, discriminated and assaulted in the workplace. I’ve represented employees who have been cheated out of a fair wage and consumers who have been cheated by profit motivated corporations. I’ve fought some of the largest companies in the world. As Lt. Gov., I intend to represent and fight for the people of California with the same ferocity that I fight for my clients.

Total money raised: $52,927

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

1
Cameron Gharabiklou
$7,930
2
Employees of Pick Law
$7,550
3
Employees of Nicholas & Tomasevic
$4,000
4
Employees of Covance
$2,100
5
Employees of Quor
$1,500

By State:

California 71.42%
Arizona 23.67%
Kansas 1.92%
Oregon 1.15%
Other 1.84%
71.42%23.67%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.38%)
Small contributions (1.62%)
98.38%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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Danny Thomas

No Party Preference
Dentist/Dental Surgeon
44,068 votes (0.7%)
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  • Governmental transparency and accountability
  • lowering the cost of higher education
  • encoiuraging every citizen over 18 to register, vote and become candidates for public office
Profession:Doctor of Dental Surgery
Email danthomasdds@msn.com

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