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June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

California State Assembly — ” Thomas E. Krouse, Candidate for District 76

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Thomas E. Krouse

Republican
COO/Businessman/Entrepreneur
8,675 votes (7.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Getting Special Interest Money Out Of Politics
  • Implementing Common Sense Solutions To State Budget Problems In Order To Reduce Taxes And Improve Services
  • Protecting The Public's Essential Natural Resources

Experience

Experience

Profession:Chief Operating Officer/Entrepreneur/Educator
President/Executive Consultant, The Konodomo Group (1999–current)
Portfolio Manager – Executive Vice President, Marketocracy Capital Management, LLC (2007–current)
Chief Operating Officer, Bodmann Insurance (2016–current)
Board Member & CFO, Californians for Electoral Reform — Elected position (2014–2016)
Chief Operating Officer / Tactical Portfolio Manager-Risk Manager, Connective Capital Management, LLC (2006–2007)
Chief Operating Officer / Member of Risk Management Committee, Parallax Fund, L.P. (2004–2006)
Board Member, North County Humane Society / SPCA — Appointed position (2003–2004)
Board Director & Treasurer, Mayfield Community Clinic — Elected position (1992–1995)

Education

Thomas Jefferson School of Law Contracts, Torts, & Legal Writing (2003)
University of Southern California (USC) Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Business Administration (2001)
Stanford University Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Economics (1990)

Community Activities

Member, Oceanside Sea Lions (Lions Club) (2017–current)
Associate Delegate, California Republican Party (2017–current)
Member, North San Diego County NAACP (2016–current)
Associate Member, Oceanside RWF (2016–current)
Associate Member, Carlsbad RWF (2016–current)

Biography

For 27 years, I've worked in the real world of finance, entrepreneurship, and education.  I have been a Carlsbad homeowner for 20 years, and I have served our community as a board member of the North County Humane Society/SPCA, the Mayfield Community Clinic, and Californians for Electoral Reform.

Growing up as a California native, I lived for 15 years in Half Moon Bay, a town very much like Carlsbad Village and coastal Oceanside, whose economy is dependent upon tourism, agriculture, and fishing. I understand the unique communities and quality of life on California's coast.

I earned my B.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 1990 and my M.B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2001. I also attended the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2003 where I was recognized on the Dean’s List for the Fall Semester.

I earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1997 and taught Finance, Economics, and Accounting at a university in Moscow, Russia in 2004. The same year, I earned a Certificate in International Financial Reporting (IFRS) from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Over my career, I have been registered in many capacities with the S.E.C. and with FINRA including as an S.E.C. Registered Investment Adviser and as an S.E.C. Registered Investment Adviser Representative. I am also a California Licensed Life & Health Insurance Agent.

I ran grassroots campaigns against the 76th Assembly District incumbent in each of the last two elections, and I earned 33% of the vote (29,065 votes) in November 2014 and 41% of the vote (65,377) in November 2016.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (4)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Thomas E. Krouse:

Stable communities, an important public policy goal, require accessible housing and jobs among other things. However, I believe the premise of the question highlights the pervasive bias that "the State" (whether referring specifically to 'State Government in Sacramento' or to regional and local government as well) needs to do more. Much of what can be done to lead to more affordable housing actually consists of the State doing less. I also believe that the issue of affordable housing could be better addressed if the public discourse on the subject was more realistic.

Policy makers should first recognize that their apparently insatiable desire to grow California's population without the necessary infrastructure (water, housing, etc.) in place has resulted in the predictable shortage of water, abundance of traffic, and sharply increasing housing prices. In addition, homeowners should recognize that this same dynamic has resulted in sharply increasing home equity wealth that has enabled many people to fund their children's college expenses and/or retire with greater financial security. State intervention to significantly increase so-called affordable housing would likely result in either a reduction in home price appreciation (or even a decline in home prices) or a massive perpetual increase in State spending to build and maintain a material amount of subsidized housing.

Effective steps that "the State" can take to increase the availability of housing and minimize its price are to reduce the bureaucracy, taxes, and litigation that drive up both the cost of new housing construction and diminish the ability of the marketplace to develop the best type of housing in the most effective locations to meet demand.

Rental market regulations also impact affordable housing availability. Studies show that in the long term, rent control laws actually reduce affordable housing availability because fewer units are built as potential developers choose to build in alternate locations that don't impose rent control. However, I generally am opposed to State intervention to change any current rent control terms for any current tenants.

As a rule, the free market, shaped by thoughtful and transparent general planning, is the best mechanism to address demand for housing. State (and national) policy makers should accept responsibility for failing to accept the predictable result of decades of policy decisions that have disrupted both the demand and supply sides of the market for housing and undermined the supply side of the market's ability to respond to California's population growth.

Keeping in mind that most of the policy makers currently in control of State Government have come to accept the concept of "induced demand" when it comes to freeway expansion, I am disappointed that they seem entirely unable to grasp the same concept when it applies to housing. In any case, it is entirely inappropriate for State Government to continue to experiment with the community character of the District in order to try to cover up for the predictable failures of their growth at any cost policies - especially when the cost are always born by us, not by them.

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 Thomas E. Krouse:

As a dedicated advocate for common sense public policy and public service, I have worked diligently over the last four years explicitly reaching out to community groups and voters across the entire political spectrum. As someone who was raised in a politically mixed family (Democrats, Republicans, & Libertarians), I am fortunate to have over 40 years of experience bridging chasms of thought, belief, and rhetoric, and I believe that I have a particular talent for listening, identifying elements of shared beliefs and values, and cultivating mutually respectful dialog. As many people are aware, I have engaged with a wide range of community/political groups in the District over the years. I would continue to do so after being elected regardless if political leaders of either party approve - a legislator's duty is to cultivate connections in the community to foster progress, not to create division for short term political gain.  I believe that it is important to convey to the community that just because people disagree on a particular policy approach or even on priorities, we share a future together in our community, our state, and our country, and an enduring commitment to civil dialog is paramount, recognizing that no one is perfect.

My intention once elected is to continue to reach out to the entire District and to represent the entire District to the best of my abilities, transparently and with integrity, and to interact with those who disagree with me as much as I interact with those who agree with me. I believe that this approach will provide me with 1) the most insight about what's transpiring in the community, 2) the most opportunity to challenge my beliefs and share my views with the community, and 3) the broadest network of community members with whom I can work to address our District's problems, challenges, and opportunities.

Personally, I believe that while it is important to cultivate civility at the youngest ages in school, it is equally important to practice these skills throughout life. I intend to proactively seek out staff and advisers from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, and viewpoints in order to best avoid falling into an echo chamber of manufactured approval. I also intend to host regular community engagement events where a variety of perspectives are not just tolerated, but actually encouraged, and I hope that these events can set a standard for civility and serve as venues for increased understanding and, if necessary, dispute resolution.

In a nutshell, civility is much less about "agreeing on substance" than it is about "listening and learning, agreeing to disagree when necessary, and staying engaged."

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

The State of California, in conjunction with water districts throughout the state, needs to develop and implement municipal scale water recycling for agricultural and industrial purposes which will then free up fresh water supplies for residential use.

Funds should be redirected as possible away from increased storage plans which will be less or completely useless if efficient and effective water recycling infrastructure is brought online. Billions of dollars have already been raised under Proposition 1 (2014) for increased water storage, but they have yet to approve a single related project.

Water recycling is a proven technology which has already been implemented on a national scale in many countries throughout the world. The costs and reliability of water recycling are well known which will simplify the planning process and allow for transparent cost projections.

Individual water districts should take the lead in designing specific projects and then work with the State of California and the private sector on financing construction and operation of these new systems based on local supply and demand factors. The State of California should assist with funding research and technical expertise as well as providing any appropriate and effective regulatory relief or clarity to facilitate these projects.

Any attempt to spend billions of dollars building new pipelines under the Sacramento River Delta will be a complete waste of funds if not also an environmental disaster. Installing pipelines in the Delta to move water from one place to another is just like putting more straws into a single glass of water - it does not increase the supply of water at all, and in fact it simply drains the glass more quickly.

Water recycling actually increases the supply of water, and can be implemented around the state in quantities flexibly tailored to match local needs.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?
Answer from Thomas E. Krouse:

The educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians can best be met with an educational system that empowers the people who know the needs of these students the best - namely their parents. Building and maintaining a successful educational system requires that teachers, administrators, and school board members be held accountable, and the only way that this can be achieved is if parents have choices about where their children attend school. Ensuring that parents have school choice for their children, in addition to the option of home schooling, is a necessary requirement both to hold schools accountable as well as to respect the fundamental authority of parents over decisions affecting their minor children. Children develop rapidly, and delayed community feedback via intermittent school board elections is simply not sufficient recourse for parents seeking to address immediate deficiencies in their children's educational environment. Children do not have the luxury of getting a "do over" when it comes to their education. Commensurate with the responsibility that society places on parents to raise their children responsibly, society has an obligation to respect parents' liberty to make critical choices that effect their child's development. There is probably no more important decision in child rearing than the choice of how to educate one's child.

For context, 'school choice' should not be a political football. Federal judges have already issued decisions indicating that the system of teacher tenure offered to public school teachers is unconstitutional as it is particularly harmful to children in vulnerable and historically disenfranchised communities. Additional reform is necessary in this area to ensure that all children have access to a quality education, and a quality education will ONLY be available if teachers, administrators, and school board members are held accountable for their performance.

For post-secondary school students, I believe that investments in community colleges and vocational training programs are some of the best educational investments that can be made in the personal and professional development of California's next generation. My preferred strategy would also include efforts to expand four-year degree options at community colleges particularly in STEM fields in order to provide affordable and rewarding career development pathways to a greater range of students and which will better address the needs of local businesses. Creating more valuable and effective local options for post-secondary education will have the added benefit of helping students maintain their local family and community connections as well as incentivizing industry to participate in long term partnerships with schools that can serve as reliable pipelines for their human resource needs.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $22,231

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

1
Thomas E. Krouse
$14,700
2
Oceanside Associates
$4,351
3
Re-Elect Mayor Jim Wood 2016
$2,000
4
Midnight Jack Enterprises
$150
5
Hynes Advisory Inc. DBA Hearthstone
$100

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.74%)
Small contributions (1.26%)
98.74%

By Type:

From organizations (30.07%)
From individuals (69.93%)
30.07%69.93%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Believe it or not, they aren’t actually “crazy” in Sacramento, it’s worse than that - they are swimming in special-interest millions, and the money will keep flowing as long as we send legislators who give their lobbyists special access and give us only lip service. Please send me to Sacramento.  I will fight to:

  • End pay-to-play government and lawmaking by special interests;
  • Re-establish the common sense California republic that is accountable to citizens not lobbyists;
  • Create jobs with free market opportunities, and end anti-competitive Sacramento cronyism;
  • Enforce accountability on bureaucrats who fail to do their jobs; and,
  • Connect veterans and seniors to the services they earned.

I want to stand up for citizens in the style of progressive Republican President Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, bring back the “Square Deal,” and unleash free enterprise in California again.

As long as we send the same retread insiders back to Sacramento to cozy up to the fat cats, we will continue to get more failure, worse schools, less economic opportunity, and more taxes.

 

Official Statement

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

STATE ASSEMBLY

76th District

THOMAS KROUSE AGE: 49

Investment Manager/Entrepreneur/Election Reform Advocate/Educator

Every dollar that Sacramento wastes is a dollar that can be invested in our children, veterans, and seniors and in education, housing, and water infrastructure. Boondoggles like the $77 Billion+ Crazy Train must be stopped immediately.

Grover Norquist and the Political Director of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association personally witnessed my signature on the “No New Taxes” Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

I promise to work from day one and to fight if necessary to:

Stop - “Pay-to-Play” government and lawmaking by special interests by eliminating the corrupting influence of money on elections and in government.

Ensure - Politicians and bureaucrats be held accountable for the work they should do for you on Jobs, Education, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation, and the Environment by strongly supporting efforts to increase transparency in government like the California Clean Money Campaign (www.CAClean.org) and www.StopTheCarTax.org

After working my way through Stanford, I earned an MBA from USC and worked in the fields of finance, healthcare, education, and technology. I moved to Carlsbad 20 years ago and have served as a community boardmember with the North County Humane Society / SPCA, Mayfield Community Clinic, and Californians for Electoral Reform (www.CFER.org).

When elected, I’ll work for you with integrity.

My endorsements include current State Senator Jeff Stone, Former Oceanside Mayor Jim Wood, Former San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price, and Former Tri-City Hospital District Boardmember Kathleen Sterling.

I have also been endorsed by the Veterans Party of America, the Veterans Party of California, and the San Diego County Libertarian Party.

I welcome your call: (760) 659-3755 www.KrouseForAssembly.com

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