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District 71 —California State AssemblyJune 7, 2016 —California Primary Election

June 7, 2016 —California Primary Election

California State AssemblyDistrict 71

Election Results

  • 86,617 ballots counted.

About this office

State assembly members introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and draft the state budget. They are elected to two-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.
Candidates are sorted in order of election results.
Republican
Mayor of Santee
51,857 votes (59.9%)Winning
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  • Restoring California's economic prosperity
  • Reducing the size of state government
  • Protecting taxpayer dollars
Profession:Mayor of Santee
Mayor, City of Santee — Elected position (2000–current)

As Mayor of Santee for the past 15 years, I’ve worked hard to implement a conservative, limited government vision for Santee. I’m happy to say that these efforts have paid off, as Santee has become a model for how conservative principles can be applied at a local level. Now I’m ready to take my experience to Sacramento, which is in desperate need of strong conservative leadership.

While serving as Mayor my record of accomplishment includes:

– Building up large budget reserves to strengthen our fiscal stability.
– Contracting out recreation programs, public safety, and many other city services to keep staff low and reduce pension liabilities.
– Dedicating the highest proportion of our budget to public safety.
– Achieving one of the lowest crime rates in the region.
– No sales tax increases.
– Reducing city spending by 16% during the lean years to keep the budget balanced.
– Implementing pro-business policies that attract the restaurants we want, as well as vibrant new retail, residential, and office development.
– Establishing a teen center, ball fields, concerts and recreational activities for children, families & seniors.

As a result of these policies, Santee now boasts the best business environment, highest citizen-to-employee ratio, and smallest pension liabilities in the region. 

My record of accomplishment and success is precisely what’s needed in Sacramento. Our state could benefit greatly from dramatically improving our business environment, significantly reducing the size and role of our state government, and stabilizing the long-term fiscal outlook.

Total money raised: $282,880

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

1
California Association of Realtors
$17,000
2
Employees of VOEPEL, RANDY G.
$12,100
3
Employees of California State Assembly
$8,400
3
Cameron Brothers Construction Co.
$8,400
3
Davisson Enterprises and employees
$8,400
3
Employees of Development Contractor Inc.
$8,400
3
Employees of Priest Development Corporation
$8,400
3
San Diego Group
$8,400
3
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation
$8,400

By State:

California 95.19%
Arizona 3.94%
Kansas 0.42%
Massachusetts 0.35%
Other 0.09%
95.19%

By Size:

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

By Type:

From organizations (70.47%)
From individuals (29.53%)
70.47%29.53%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

STATE ASSEMBLY 71st District

 

RANDY VOEPEL

Mayor of Santee

Santee Mayor Randy Voepel is the only candidate with a track record of implementing successful policies at the local level!

As a result of Voepel’s common-sense policies, Santee boasts the best business climate, most efficient government, and lowest pension obligations in the region. The city also enjoys low crime, fantastic parks & recreation services, thriving businesses, and a family-friendly atmosphere.

Growth and jobs: Randy Voepel worked to cut bureaucratic red tape to foster economic growth and new jobs.

No new taxes: Santee is the only city in East County to not raise the sales tax.

Smaller government: To reduce the size of government, Voepel utilized partnerships with private enterprise and contracted out government services to the private sector. Less spending: Voepel has cut city staff to balance the budget, maintained higher reserves than other cities, and protected the community by funding public safety first. Voepel will bring his record of conservative government to Sacramento where he’ll cut red tape, reduce spending, oppose tax increases, protect the 2nd Amendment, preserve family values, and work to turn our state around.

Voepel has been endorsed by the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association of San Diego County, San Diego County Probation Officers Association, and every Mayor and City Councilmember within the district.

Voepel has also served two tours in Vietnam and has 39 years of experience in the financial services industry.

If you agree that your next Assemblymember should have a proven record of fighting for conservative policies, then vote Randy Voepel for State Assembly. 

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Leo Hamel

Republican
Small Business Owner
23,990 votes (27.7%)Winning
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Total money raised: $4,750

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

1
Employees of HAMEL, LEO
$4,750

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.
Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

STATE ASSEMBLY 71st District

 

LEO HAMEL

Small Business Owner

AGE: 59 

In 1979, with just $125, I started my business, Leo Hamel Fine Jewelers. I’ve grown it to six locations, employing hundreds of San Diegans over the last 37 years.

I was born in Balboa Navy Hospital and have watched San Diego County change in a lot of ways, some good, some bad. Today, I’m running for State Assembly because I want to fight for common sense in state government.

As a small business owner, I know what it takes to grow and create jobs. I understand first-hand how government gets in the way of entrepreneurs who take risks and move our community forward.

I have been active in our community, supporting the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, San Diego Police Foundation, animal shelters, food banks, and our deputy sheriffs. These efforts have always been about making East County a better place for our families.

I believe in a smaller, less-intrusive government and accountability and transparency in our state agencies. And that those of us who are capable, should help those who are less fortunate.

I am a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, free speech, and freedom of religion, and believe I can be strong voice for our values in Sacramento. 

Republican
Small Business Owner
10,770 votes (12.4%)
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  • Growing Economy & Good Paying Jobs
  • Cutting Taxes and Regulations
  • Revitalize Education for Economic Growth
Profession:VP Union Bank
VP, Union Bank (2008–current)
Rutgers Bachelor of Science , Electrical Engineering (current)
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 Tony Teora:

 

Using smart technologies with sensors and controllers to maximize water efficiency. Recycling water, using drip irrigation and better storage. We also need to make sure we give incentives to grow crops that make sense (organics use less water), and allow farmers to be profitable. Food security is important to the state and country. We need to find smart ways to store our water. We also need to be creative and consider new farming methods that use methods like hydroponics.

 

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 Tony Teora:

 

Money is what controls today’s parties and politics. It has clearly corrupted the system to the point that many people no longer believe that a politician supports the people, and the voters are mostly correct. Because of special interest money, politics in the US does not really look out for the middleclass, which is why the middleclass is shrinking. It will be difficult to get other legislators to vote money out of politics, but some small battles can be made by laws to limit corporate contributions, and laws on transparency. There is a trend with voters wanting to elect officials who will make changes to reduce the influence of money. I think state laws limiting corporate, special interest money would be a great start.

 

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 Tony Teora:

 

Although I admit it sounds good to many people to say just force companies to raise wages thinking that will move people out of poverty, the reality is that it will reduce working hours, the amount of jobs available, and shut down some businesses. Government can force companies to raise wages but they can’t force a company to make a profit or stay alive. I’ve spoken to many businesses in my district and I am almost universally told it will hurt their operations even to the point of making some close shop.

 

4.
Fiscal Priorities

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

Answer from Tony Teora:


#1 Jobs: Want to lower burdens on business and create incentives for companies to create good paying jobs. This will also increase overall revenue to the state because companies will move into California, add to the tax base and grow the economy.


#2 Lower Taxes & Regulations: Want to lower taxes on the middleclass and reduce regulations for business.


#3 Reduce Poverty:  By lowering taxes and regulations, and creating more good paying jobs, we can move people out of poverty.

 

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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

STATE ASSEMBLY 71st District

 

TONY TEORA 

Vice President Union Bank / SF Author

AGE: 52

 

I am not a career politician and have never been elected to office. I am a Vice President at Union Bank, small business owner and author. We desperately need more business people and fewer career politicians in Sacramento.

I am a conservative and will fight to protect the US Constitution. I strongly support our 2nD amendment rights.

I will fight for less taxes and regulations for small business, and create an environment for good paying jobs.

Education is the foundation of our republic. I’ve received the endorsement of the California Faculty Association. I support the citizen’s right to properly choose their children’s education.

Farms are critical to jobs, thus I believe in cutting farm taxes, including taxes on wineries and produce sales. I propose 100% multi-year tax write-offs for investments into new small business. I support low interest loans to small business.

As a father of a one and half year old son, I understand the challenges of raising a family. I will vigorously support families. I will introduce a bill to allow families who rent to write-off a portion of their rental cost from their taxes.

Our police, fire and EMT’s are critical services which I will support in the legislature.

I have plan to help fix the drought that can be seen at: www.tonyteora.org

If you don’t like our current government and want better jobs and freer lives, don’t vote for a special interest controlled career politicians, instead vote for Tony Teora for Assembly. 

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