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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

District 4 —California State SenateJune 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

California State SenateDistrict 4

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (517/517).

About this office

State senators introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, approve appointments to state agencies, and approve the state budget. They are elected to four-year terms.
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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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James Nielsen

Republican
Rancher/State Senator
118,756 votes (60.3%)Winning
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Total money raised: $561,856

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

1
Employees of Sun Valley Rice Co
$10,000
2
Jelly Belly Candy Company and employees
$9,200
3
Nor-Cal Beverage and employees
$9,000
4
California Ambulatory Surgery Association
$8,800
4
Employees of Everett Apartments
$8,800

By State:

California 83.35%
Texas 2.58%
Ohio 2.21%
Missouri 2.12%
Other 9.75%
83.35%9.75%

By Size:

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

By Type:

From organizations (74.24%)
From individuals (25.76%)
74.24%25.76%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Democratic
Community Organizer
42,661 votes (21.7%)Winning
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  • Medicare for All
  • Affordable Housing
  • Good Jobs and Workers' Rights
Profession:Community Organizer
Food Server / Shop Steward, Thunder Valley Casino Resort (2007–2014)
Cornell University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Government (2006)

My name is Phillip Kim and I have lived in Northern California for over 10 years. For 7 years I worked at Thunder Valley Casino where I was a proud union member and shop steward, always fighting for my coworkers.

Now I’m honored to work as a community organizer for a progressive healthcare union, continuing the fight for healthcare and social justice. Before moving to California I graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with a BA in government.

I am running for State Senate because we need a progressive voice for working people in the state legislature. Unfortunately politics has been corrupted by corporate money. The middle class continues to disappear, the healthcare system is broken and too expensive, and the cost of rent is skyrocketing.

I will challenge the insurance & pharmaceutical companies by pushing for a more efficient Medicare-for-All system that will guarantee healthcare for all Californians. I support a repeal of Costa-Hawkins to allow cities to have more effective rent control laws. I want to protect net neutrality and create public high speed internet.

I will fight for full funding for schools -- including music, art, other extracurriculars -- and free public college tuition. We can use public banking to develop better infrastructure and affordable housing. We should end mass incarceration and fix our racist criminal justice system. We need to ban fracking and rapidly shift to clean energy. And we have to protect our immigrant brothers and sisters.

Democratic
Park District Boardmember
35,472 votes (18%)
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  • Bringing Real Representation & Resources To North State Communities
  • Protect our Water Resources & Environmental Quality
  • Protect Health Care For All
Profession:CARD Boardmember/ Retail Services
Member - Board of Directors, Chico Area Park & Recreation District CARD — Elected position (2012–current)
Committee Member - Chico General Plan Citizens Advisory Committee, City Council - City of Chico — Appointed position (2009–2012)
Committee Member - SSTAC, Butte County Transit Authority — Appointed position (2006–2010)
Commission Member - Chico Community Transit Commission, Council - City of Chico — Appointed position (2003–2006)
University of California, Berkeley Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Conservation & Resource Studies (1985)
Chico Senior High School Chico,CA Graduate (1973)
1.
Question 1

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?

Answer from Michael "Mike" Worley:

There is no one size fits all solution. Providing Incentives for Density near Transit Stops is a positive idea. Another would be to change the way Developer Fees are charged - from by the unit to by the acre.

2.
Question 2

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 Michael "Mike" Worley:

I think you have to treat people as people & give them a fair hearing. You also can't be afraid to disagree politely with ideas you oppose. You have to avoid speaking in Slogans or Cliches & encourage others to do the same. You must also ground your positions in facts & hold others to this standard.

 

3.
Question 3

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

Answer from Michael "Mike" Worley:

My Senate District is somewhat unique in that even in Dry years we have enough Water to cover all needs if water is sensibly used. What we don't always have is enough water for Export. It has been my experience thru several major & even more minor Droughts that WATER NEEDS TO BE USED MORE APPROPRIATELY in areas with more scarcity. Urban landscaping & Agricultural Permacrops need to be regulated in areas where there is water scarcity.

4.
Question 4

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?

Answer from Michael "Mike" Worley:

I think all young Californians, no matter what Income level or willingness of Parents to Participate, deserve the same quality of Educational Opportunity. I worked in Public Schools for 16 years as a Substitute Teacher & saw both the strengths & the failures of the Educational System. If elected I will use that experience to help give California Students the education they deserve.  I will also lower tuition rates @ UC & CSUC to the levels that prevailed in 1980/81 adjusted for inflation. 

5.
Question 5

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 Senator to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?

Answer from Michael "Mike" Worley:

I would demand an audit of all CALPERS Agencies accounts plus information on any funds that has been set aside to pay these liabilities to get a true picture of the problem. For example my Park District has an unfunded liability $2.1 M in2016 (we don't have the 2017 number yet) & a special Fund set aside to pay them that contains $1.7 M.

News

One Butte race flips in final vote count — June 19, 2018 Chico Enterprise Record
Candidates set for public meet and greet Monday — April 20, 2018 Red Bluff Daily News
Ballot set for June 5 primary election — April 17, 2018 Chico Enterprise Record

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