I learned common-sense values from my family. I was raised by my father (a Teamster), and my mother (a public transit worker). I was the first in my family to earn a college degree. The East Bay has been my home for 17 years, where my wife, Tammy, and I are raising our two children. As the City of Concord’s police chaplain, I worked with survivors of violent crimes, with first responders and their families, and co-founded our region’s Family Justice Center to support victims of domestic violence, child and elderly abuse, and human trafficking. As a former Concord Councilmember and Mayor, I’ve put taxpayers first by balancing our city’s $90 million budget, leaving 30% in reserve for emergencies while keeping taxes low. I’m proud to have created over 1,700 new living wage jobs in Concord. Now as your elected Assemblymember I’ll bring the same common sense and out-of-the-box thinking to Sacramento. Our State Capitol is a mess. Too many ‘leaders’ view raising taxes as a first solution, not a last resort. I am opposed to an increase in the gas tax at this time and won’t give BART a new way to grab taxpayer money until they get their finances under control–and start operating efficiently. I am a proud, common-sense Democrat who will put our residents and our taxpayers first. Thank you to all that voted for me in 2016, I’ll put those values to work for you in Sacramento.
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