Endorsements

The Contra Costa Republican Party is excited to endorse these Republican candidates and ballot measures in the 2018 election cycle. 

For more information or to make a contribution to their campaign, you can click on their title to link you to their webpage. To get involved in your community for these candidates, please visit our 'Get Involved' page.

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Mark Meuser for Secretary of State

Website: www.markmeuser.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/markpmeuser  

Mark Meuser is a native Californian and a small business owner committed to fighting for honest and fair elections. To better help small businesses owners handle California’s complex regulatory environment, he opened The Meuser Law Group. Meuser operated a diverse civil litigation firm that represented both individuals and small businesses. Meuser’s unique training has taught him how to listen to people, formulate creative alternatives, and achieve workable solutions to real problems. Meuser’s priority is to guide the Secretary of State’s office out of the antiquated 19th Century and into the 21st Century. The people of California deserve an open and accessible government that works for them, not against them.

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Marla Livengood for Congress

Website: www.marlalivengood.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LivengoodForCongress/

Marla is a wife, mother, and native of the 9th Congressional District. She has served in roles focusing on agriculture, economic development, job creation, and transportation.  Over the years Marla has successfully attained federal support for projects that led to thousands of new jobs. In 2012, Marla was appointed to the County Aviation Advisory Committee where she offers her expertise to the Stockton Metropolitan Airport. Marla is also a member of the Junior League of San Joaquin County, an organization which has provided 8,000 volunteer hours to the community; she has also served on the Board.

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Rudy Peters for Congress

Website: www.rudypetersforcongress.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/rudypetersforcongress

Rudy L. Peters Jr. for Congressional District 15  is a founder and co-owner of AARD Solutions, LLC (www.aardsolutions.com), a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Founded in 2013, the company specializes in Systems Engineering and targets U.S. Government Intelligence agencies.

Rudy and his wife Cindy have three children and have resided in Livermore, CA since 1991. Peters is a middle school volunteer basketball and softball coach and an active competitor in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) San Francisco Region. He is also an active Amateur Radio Operator (KA3QWL) and a member of the Granada Baptist Church. Peters served on the Livermore California Human Services Commission and has been very active in local youth sports and in the Livermore Unified School District for over 20 years.

 

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Assemblywoman Catharine Baker

Website: www.bakerforassembly.com

Facebook: CatharineBakerforAssembly

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker represents the 16th District covering parts of Contra Costa and Alameda counties, namely Walnut Creek, and the Lamorinda and  Tri-Valley areas. Catharine has fought to increase accountability and transparency for government agencies, including the Bay Bridge authority, the University of California, and BART. Her first bill was to end BART strikes. She has worked to reform California’s education system and put California students first in UC and CSU admissions. She has led the fight for pension reform and cutting redundant regulations and wasteful spending.

Other issues that Assemblywoman Baker has undertaken:

  • Helping veterans find jobs after leaving active duty
  • Opposing all tax and bridge toll increases
  • The mismanagement of transportation funding, namely High-Speed Rail

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Pranav Jandhyala for Assembly 

Mr. Jandhyala is a second-year Business Administration and Economics major at UC Berkeley. As he grew up Cupertino, he started to notice the vast inequality between different parts of the Silicon Valley. As a result, he began to tackle issues like education inequality and criminal justice reform by starting a nonprofit SAT test prep program for low income students, serving as a Peer Court attorney, working as the Regional Vote Director on two campaigns for now elected Congressman, Ro Khanna, and serving as a student advisor to the mayor.When Mr. Jandhyala came to Berkeley, he was assaulted during the Milo riots and noticed how toxic the political climate was. As a result, he started the nonpartisan group, BridgeUSA at Berkeley. Since then, the organization has spread to other campuses across the nation. Mr. Jandhyala is also active within the Berkeley College Republicans and the California Republican Party.

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Paul Graves for Contra Costa District Attorney

Website: paulgravesforda.com

Facebook: PaulGravesforDistrictAttorney2018

Paul’s experience as a prosecutor, supervisor, and victims’ advocate makes him the only real choice in June’s election.  He vows to fight human trafficking and freeway violence while modernizing the DA’s office into a more victim-centered organization. After 22 years as one of the best prosecutors in the District Attorney’s Office, it wasn’t a surprise that so many of Paul Graves’ coworkers urged him to run in this election. Endorsed by every law enforcement agency in the county and many local elected leaders including Catharine Baker, Candace Andersen, Debora Allen, and Richard Rainey, Paul Graves puts public safety first. 

 

Ballot Measures

Vote NO ON REGIONAL MEASURE 3

RM3 is a $4.4 Billion Bay Area transportation plan that will result in higher bridge tolls, significantly impacting the commute costs of East Bay residents on most of our toll bridges. Alameda and Contra Costa counties pay 49% of the bridge tolls in the Bay Area, but these counties don’t get the fair benefit of the increases.  Under RM3, tolls are expected to increase up to $3 resulting in or as much as $9 total per crossing.

Under RM3 the new tolls are indexed to inflation. They will go up in the future without going back to the voters or assessing any accountability on the part of the bureaucracy.

This is a regressive tax – harder on low and middle-income workers. Small businesses with trucks pay by the axle. We have small businesses in our county that pay $5,000-$6,000 per month in bridge tolls.  That’s the equivalent of a job and maybe two jobs if these tolls go up.

BART is slated to receive 25% of the revenue and they have yet to clean up their act.

 

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