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First and foremost, I am not a politician, nor do I ever intend to become one. Rather, I aspire to a career of public service, the type I was proud to have contributed as a member of the United States Armed Forces. This time such service will take a different capacity, as the representative and advocate for the citizens of California’s 29th Senate District.

In a district as geographically expansive and demographically diverse as ours, no single person can be exactly in step with every constituent at every moment. What I can promise is honesty, integrity, open-mindedness and responsiveness at all times. I’m not a party loyalist and I don’t owe any lobby or special interest anything in my bid for public office. What you’ll see with me is what you’ll get: smart, practical, and principled representation from someone who knows exactly why he works for you. Below you will find a quick summary of my perspectives on a range of issues, which I believe are important and relevant to the current work of our state government:

A FISCAL STRATEGY FOR TODAY AND TOMORROW

Whether we like it or not, whether we want to think about it or not, and whether our elected officials care about it or not, a state as large as California is going to have big needs, as well as correspondingly big programs to address those needs. As with anything related to fiscal planning, the key is balance: not just balancing the budget, as required by the state’s constitution, but balancing priorities in the form of the programs and initiatives that are being funded, to ensure that the best interests of the state, on as many levels as possible, are fully addressed in the most strategic and prudent fashion possible…

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MAKING COLLEGE AFFORDABLE FOR ALL CALIFORNIANS

California’s public university system used to be the envy of the world. Over the past decade, the costs of in-state full tuition at the University of California and California State University have risen at far steeper rates than at other public universities in other states. These steady, massive increases have seriously jeopardized the affordability of a college education for California families, especially for those with relatively modest incomes…

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PROMOTING GROWTH WHILE PRESERVING OUR NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

At any given time, most of us naturally tend to place more emphasis on concrete matters that affect us and our families directly than other, more abstract issues that might have an impact at some point down the road. This is especially true of the environment…

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WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: INVESTING IN CALIFORNIANS

California’s an enormous state, the largest in the nation by far. As noted elsewhere on this site, if it California were its own country, it would have the 8th largest economy in the world, with a gross domestic product of 2.4 trillion. The engine for California’s economic system is powered by a diverse, geographically expansive workforce that currently includes over 14 million private sector jobs…

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FOSTERING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & INNOVATION

The California economy is finally shedding the last effects of the most severe economic downturn in most of our lives. As of the most recent reporting period, California’s official unemployment rate has now fallen to 6.3%, down from its high of 12.4% in 2010, at the height of the Great Recession…

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CALIFORNIA’S VETERANS: BETTER SERVING THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED

The current state of California’s veterans and the role of state programs in providing for their needs is an issue that particularly concerns me. I’m a veteran myself, having served as an officer in the United States Army following my graduation from college. As a young artillery officer, I was continually impressed by the talent, resourcefulness, reliability, and general competence of the young soldiers assigned to the units in which I served…

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MANAGING THE LIBERALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

At some point– it might be in November of this year, it might be at some point not too far down the road—Californians are going to vote to legalize marijuana in our state. It’s inevitable. I say that not as any big fan of cannabis (I’ve never even so much as taken a puff on a single joint in my entire life), but as a realist and a pragmatist…

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PUBLIC SERVICE, NOT POLITICS

I’m not a politician, and I have no intention of becoming one. What I do aspire to be is a public servant. I’m proud to have served my country as an officer in the United States Army earlier in my life, and I’d be equally proud to serve my fellow Californians in the state senate as their representative…

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AND ONE MORE THING…

If you’ve gotten this far, you are to be commended for being both thorough and civic-minded.  I am truly impressed, and I’d be honored to be your public servant in Sacramento.  And if you’ve taken the time to read everything on this and hopefully the other pages on this site, it will mean something as well to you that the person for whom you’re considering voting is actually the very same person who wrote these words.  No high-paid political consultants here.  No spin.  Just a smart, decent, and committed guy who’s willing to speak my mind and wants to make California better and work tirelessly toward the goal of you and your family getting the government that you deserve.

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