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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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District 3California State AssemblyNovember 8, 2016California General Election

November 8, 2016California General Election

California State AssemblyDistrict 3

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Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (304/304).

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 appear in the general election. This is because of California's "top two" system. In some cases, the two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Republican
Assemblyman/Businessman/Farmer
108,910 votes (63%)Winning
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  • Protecting our north state water rights and increasing water storage and flood protection are all crucial to our local economy.
  • I won’t accept any plan to alter Prop. 13 or raise taxes on already overburdened California taxpayers.
  • I oppose the Governor’s plan for early release of nearly 50,000 prison inmates. AB 109 (Public Safety Realignment) is bad public policy.
Profession:State Assemblyman / Farmer/ Businessman

I have lived in the North State my entire life and like you, I know that our values are second to none. We look out for one another, and we know the hard work it takes to put food on our table. We know that each mom and pop store, each school and each hardworking family means jobs, education for our children and a better way of life.

I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

This is my home. A place where my family has put down deep roots. My ancestor, Anthony Gallagher, first settled here in the late 1800s, acquiring a small farm where he raised pigs and draft horses along with oats, hay, and barley.  Generations later, the farm has grown and the crops have changed but we are still farming the same land that his hard work and determination acquired.

California was a land of opportunity for my ancestors, but it has become much less so. Small businesses are struggling and many are failing under a barrage of never ending regulations and heavy taxation.  The property and water rights of our farmers are uncertain.  Our communities are less safe from criminals.  The great values of the immigrants that made this State great have been tossed away in the name of political correctness.  The Golden State has become the Broke State.

My family instilled in me that the great things of community are not free – they are brought about by sacrifice, service and hard work.  I cannot stand idly by and watch their legacy be destroyed by out of touch politicians and special interests. That is why I am running for State Assembly.  I want to work with you to preserve our values so that this State can again become a land of opportunity.

My wife Janna and I have three children.  I want the next generation of Gallaghers to have the same great opportunities that I had growing up – the freedom to work and produce something of value, to have access to education and job opportunities, and to raise our families free from government interference and morally bankrupt agendas.

We need effective leadership that will stand up for our rights in the region.  I believe I have the right background to be that champion.  Growing up on a farm, I understand agriculture and the water that is its lifeblood.  As a small business owner I know what it takes to balance budgets and make payroll.  As someone who has studied the law, I have the tools to fight in the arena of Sacramento.   I have dedicated my life to being an advocate for farmers and small business and I will be a strong advocate for the North State.

If elected, I will bring a common sense agenda to Sacramento.  I will fight for balanced budgets that limit spending and prioritize three fundamental things:  education, public safety, and infrastructure.  I will work to reform or eliminate regulations that are crippling our businesses.  And I will be a fierce defender of our North State water rights.

To accomplish this I will need your help.  The challenges we face cannot be solved by one person alone but only by harnessing the power of “we the people.”  In order to do this we must ensure the government is open, transparent, and accountable. I have my platform and plan of action but I want to hear from you and gather your input and ideas.  Together we can turn this State around.

Total money raised: $749,748

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
$9,500
2
Association of California School Administrators
$8,500
3
Anheuser-Busch
$8,400
3
Anthem Inc.
$8,400
3
Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California
$8,400
3
Blue Shield of California
$8,400
3
California Farm Bureau Federation
$8,400
3
California Rice Industry Association
$8,400
3
Chevron
$8,400
3
Colusa Indian Community
$8,400
3
Pacific Farms & Orchards
$8,400
3
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
$8,400
3
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
$8,400
3
Philip Morris USA
$8,400
3
The Doctors Company
$8,400

By State:

California 89.23%
Florida 1.33%
Illinois 1.27%
Alaska 0.90%
North Carolina 0.90%
Other 6.37%
89.23%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.48%)
Small contributions (0.52%)
99.48%

By Type:

From organizations (77.69%)
From individuals (22.31%)
77.69%22.31%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: Butte County Clerk

James Gallagher
Member of the State Assembly, 3rd District
Party Preference: Republican

As a small business owner, State Assemblyman and advocate for area farmers and our agricultural based economy, I’ve worked hard to preserve the way of life that brought my family here and makes our area special.

I’ll continue to bring a common sense agenda to Sacramento. My priorities are to: Protect our north state water rights and increase water storage and flood protection; Stop tax increases and Protect Prop. 13; Create jobs and economic growth through less regulation and government red tape; Oppose early release of prison inmates; Balance the Budget and eliminate waste.

In addition to the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, I’m endorsed by U.S. Representative Doug LaMalfa, former U.S. Representative Wally Herger, Senator Jim Nielsen, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea, dozens of current and former County Supervisors from Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties, as well as over 200 farmers.

I know that our values are second to none and I will defend them against Sacramento politicians who don’t understand our area or care about us. I’d be honored to earn your vote and continue representing you in the Assembly. Please visit www.GallagherforAssembly.com to find out more.

Democratic
Business Contracts Representative
63,867 votes (37%)
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  • To protect our water quality, further long term goals for water storage and conservation, both surface ground water.
  • To ensure public safety funding for police, fire, levee improvement and forest management.
  • To improve social justice and broaden the representation for those of us who feel we are not being heard at the state level.
Profession:Retired, business contracts representative
Board of Directors member, 13th District Agricultural Association Yuba Sutter Fair Board — Elected position (2015current)
District Representative, Operating Engineers (20062016)
Board of Directors Member, North central counties consortium workforce development board — Appointed position (20132016)
President, Marysville Central Labor Council — Elected position (20102016)
General Foreman, Teichert Aggregates (19872006)

Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority Member Board of Directors (2015 to present).13th Agricultural Association, Yuba Sutter Fair, Member Board of Directors (2015 to present). North Central Counties Consortium Workforce Development Member Board of Directors  (2013 to 2016). Retired Business and employee representative (2006 to 2016).

  • California School Employees Association
  • California Democratic Party
  • CONGRESSMAN JOHN GARAMENDI
  • ANTHONY RENDON, SPEAKER OF THE ASSEMBLY
  • Ken Cooley, Assemblymember, District 8
  • Mary Jane Griego, Supervisor, Yuba County
  • Don Saylor, Supervisor, Yolo County
  • AFL/CIO
  • California Labor Federation
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 Edward Ritchie:

We should leave no options behind. Water Storage ,Surface and Underground. Water conservation and related inovation not only will help us manage our resources but will also create  opprotunities for employment.

2.
Fiscal Priorities

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

Answer from Edward Ritchie:

Infrastucture, Education, restoring social programs that have been cut. 

 

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 Edward Ritchie:

Yes . I do support the increase of minimum wage. I  believe that the impact on jobs if any at all are out wieged by the econimics of consumer spending and the ability of full time workers to not have to rely on public services.

4.
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 Edward Ritchie:

Our legislature should continue to push for full disclosure of funds spent by third party pacs not controlled by the candidate .We need to strengthen our laws on lobbying office holders and consider those meetings as public meetings.

Total money raised: $53,788

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Operating Engineers Local 3
$17,000
2
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
$11,500
3
California Democratic Party
$3,001
4
Law Office Of Raj Chima
$2,918
5
NorCal Pipeline Services
$2,500

By State:

California 97.88%
District of Columbia 1.88%
Florida 0.24%
97.88%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.70%)
Small contributions (1.30%)
98.70%

By Type:

From organizations (83.26%)
From individuals (16.74%)
83.26%16.74%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.
Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: Butte County Registrar of Voters

Edward Ritchie
Member of the State Assembly, 3
rd District
Party Preference: Democratic
Occupation: Retired Business Representative Age: 55

Our region is vitally important to the state. We supply California with food, water, and lumber, and we’re a destination for every kind of recreation. Yet Sacramento legislators draft laws without understanding our rural issues, concerns, or how legislation will impact Northern California communities.

We need a fresh leadership, unafraid to advocate for regional resources to improve infrastructure, education, and quality of life for working families. We need a leader who’ll support women, workers, and our business communities, and who’s willing to address environmental concerns and climate change impacts. It’s our Assemblymember’s responsibility to advocate for the needs of rural Northern California’s working families, be a bold voice for our issues and needs, and effectively impact legislation on our region’s behalf. Looking at the results, there’s clearly work to do.

I’m not a career politician or afraid to get my hands dirty. I believe in action over words and solutions over rhetoric. In a career spent supporting small businesses, local communities, and working families, I’ve learned to effectively bridge divisions, find solutions that work, and get the job done. I’ll focus on regional advocacy, build partnerships, work with stakeholders, and persist until there’s genuine impact. I’d be honored to represent our district in the Assembly — and to bring home results. North Central Counties Workforce Development Board; Yuba Sutter Fair Board, Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority Board.

www.EdRitchie4Assembly.com
Facebook.com/EdRitchie4Assembly

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