Libertarian State Candidates

All of the following candidates were endorsed by the Libertarian Party of California Executive Committee.

Jamie Dluzak

State Senate District 9

During his teaching years Jamie taught citizenship to Latino immigrants in Berkeley, GED to ex-convicts at the Men of Valor Academy and the Salvation Army in Oakland, and writing skills to laid off NUMMI autoworkers in Fremont.  For seven-plus years Jamie worked as an itinerant instructor and in that time he realized that the problems that we all want solved can never be solved by government.

What Jamie saw on the streets and what he heard in his classrooms inspired him to assume the self initiative to make a difference by his own effort.  In 2016, he established a sole-proprietor publishing business called the East Oakland Times.  The intent of Jamie’s effort was the “empowerment of the East Oakland citizen.”  Under the pseudonym “Tio MacDonald,” Jamie began by creating a “zine” called “Rehabilitation” (newsarticlehere) that consisted of short stories, poems, and essays by 11 men housed at San Quentin.  In time, Jamie created a series of biographical books called the “My Crime” series.  As stated in the introduction of the series:

Jamie Dluzak is inspired and down to earth.  He understands the real life pains and frustrations of citizens that don’t live in the hills but walk the flat lands.  He is gifted in having had a broad life experience and cherishes the ever important search for meaning.  To the citizens of District 9 and beyond Jamie pledges to create unity in our communities.

James Just

State Assembly District 7

I’m running to give the voters of Assembly District 7 a choice for something new- an opportunity to have one of their own in office. I’m not a career politician, but like so many of the voters in my district, I am a blue-collar man that has been victimized by career politicians. I know the struggles of the working class, I know the horrible impacts that policies implemented by the legislature have on taxes, criminal justice, and cost of living. I’m campaigning to be a man of the people, and for the people.

If elected, I want to do what I can to help get government out of people’s lives, to make them freer to do what they need and want to do. I also want to increase government accountability and transparency, both for my own office if elected, but also for the criminal justice systems and government agencies. The people can’t hold government accountable if they don’t know what its doing; and I believe that more and more frequent town halls, ease of access to government officials and records, and fewer immunity mechanisms to protect wrongdoers. I also want to help remove restrictions on the economy and zoning to help increase job availability and increase the quality of life in California neighborhoods.

21764 Congress Hall Lane Saratoga, CA 95070

Azadeh Weber

Saratoga Union School District Board of Trustees

My name is Azadeh Weber and I am running for Saratoga Union School Board 2020. If elected to school board I would like to support school vouchers to provide families with greater choice when it comes to their childrens’ education. School vouchers will create a competition for funding, whereas public schools will naturally step their game up. As a board member, I would pursue common sense education and would encourage classic literature for character development, liberty gardens to contribute to the school lunch program, mental health campaigns, safety programs and community involvement through social volunteering. I would like to extend some homeschooling options that were instituted during the government shut down for COVID-19 to supplement in person schooling, so as children may benefit from Computer Assisted Learning that personalizes education to their ability.

1058 Pacific Avenue Simi Valley, CA 93065

Kate O’Brien

Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors

My name is Kate O’Brien. I am from your government and I am here to help.

I am up again this November for the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board of Directors, which serves the people of Simi Valley and of Oak Park.  I have held this post since 2000, when I won my seat by 3 votes. As far as I know, I am the first Libertarian to sit on the BOD.

Local politics is a perfect example of economics; the study of the allocation of limited resources among unlimited wants. Sometimes there is no clear libertarian solution. Sometimes you are navigating a tightrope like a drunken clown on a unicycle.

However, it has always been an honor and a privilege to serve the taxpayers of Ventura County. I am hoping for another four years to continue doing so.

There is not a lot of opportunity for ideology at the local level; local politics is about making sure the potholes are filled and the parks are well-maintained. I do have a bias towards lower taxes and less regulation, which is how I vote. And will continue to vote.

Ricky Estrada

Mayor of Menifee

The country needs a voice for the silent majority in the country, from the youth to seniors, and I will bring that new blood to government. I will bring fresh, and innovative ideas for the city of Menifee. As part of the city of Menifee’s future generation, I want to bring an empowering voice to every citizen with an extensive door to door and personal outreach campaign, as politicians have lost touch. The country is always changing, but our core foundation based on the constitution always needs protection.

I will push for the city of Menifee:

  1. Less taxes, and more dependability on non-taxpayer revenue
  2. Appreciation for the open Menifee landscape, and more hiking trails
  3. Reduction in traffic congestion, and creating a city managed “Menifee Trolley system”
  4. Less government, and more emphasis on constitutional freedoms

We all deserve a government which puts the power in every citizens hands. I hold an oath to always bring forth policies which empower every individual’s self destiny, love thy neighbor, and uphold the constitution. In God We Trust.

Bob Karwin

Menifee City Council District 1

Bob Karwin is an attorney who has been a registered Libertarian since 2004. In 2008, he made national news when he was asked by the party to draft and file a federal court injunction against a Presidential Forum at California’s Saddleback Church, which excluded LP candidate, Bob Barr. Bob has served on the City of Menifee Planning Commission for 5 years  and is running to fill the City Council seat that will be vacated in 2020 by the termed out Councilor, Greg August.

“I believe that government should be held to its limited, but very important functions: Public Safety and Facilitating Commerce.  My campaign will focus on making sure our new police department does its job to protect our citizens from crime. We will also make sure that the roads are properly maintained and managed so our citizens can get where they need to go. Finally, we will promote new business in town to give Menifee’s entrepreneurs the opportunity to support themselves and for the rest of the citizens to have access to a wide variety of goods and services.”

Menifee’s District 1 has over 25,000 residents, so winning this election would be a major step forward for the Libertarian Party. Bob would appreciate your support to take the campaign to victory.

Kalish Morrow

Hanford City Council District B

Kalish Morrow is a former business owner who is a now full time Interior Designer working out of her home while raising her two young homeschooled sons. Her husband is a Weapons Systems Officer in the US Navy and has served 3 combat tours over the course of their marriage.

Before becoming active with the Party, she was on the Hanford Main Street Board of Directors (2015-2018) and founded a 501 (c)3 called Heart of Hanford with the purpose of helping to protect and preserve Hanford’s historic downtown. As a business owner she began advocating for small businesses in her town which steered her to run for Hanford City Council in 2016. Her campaign led her to the then newly established Libertarian Party of Kings County. From there she became their Treasurer in 2017, the Vice Chair in 2018, and is the now current Chair for the LP of Kings County. In the state party, she acquired a spot on the LPC Social Media Committee and was elected as one of the LPC At-Large Representatives during the LPC State Convention in 2019.

This next year marks exciting things as she will be running again for Hanford City Council District B in 2020. She believes that a strong plan moving forward is with a grassroots movement of getting Libertarians elected at local levels as they’re winnable and have a great impact on bringing about change and building the Party’s resume.

Brian Holtz

Purissima Hills Water District Board President