Libertarian State Candidates

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


Wendy Hewitt

Calimesa City Council

I have lived in California since I was two. I attended school in San Diego county and graduated from San Pasqual Academy. After high school I worked as a Dental Assistant. I have been married for 31 years. I have raised 3 children and helped raise 3 step children. My husband and I have owned a swimming pool company for 30 plus years. When the economy to a dive in 2008 I went back to school and got my Medical Assistant Certificate to help with Insurance for my family. Jeff and I became active with the Libertarian Party in 2015. I was appointed to the Executive Committee as an At Large position in 2016. I was elected to Southern Area Coordinator in 2019 and I am currently serving in that position. I am also the Vice Chair for Riverside County. I have been active with my local Chamber of Commerce in Calimesa for 4 years. I am now running for Calimesa City Council on November 3 and hope to win another elected office for the Libertarian Party.

Website
http://fixlosrios.com/
Facebook
http://facebook.com/FixLosRios
Address
P.O. BOX 19577, Sacramento Ca 95819
Phone
(530)592-0837

Scott Schmidt

Los Rios Trustee Area 7

Raised as a first-generation Cuban American, my mother taught me the importance of hard work, diligence, and compassion for others. When both my Grandparents, along with my mother and aunt, were exiled from the island, they had very little in their pockets. It was a difficult experience but they never took for granted the opportunities and empathy they received.

In 2018, I noticed a dramatic increase in taxation affecting working families and a rapid increase in the number of those homeless on the streets. I could no longer stand on the sidelines and be a spectator.
I joined the Sacramento Taxpayers Association and currently a Vice President of the organization to stop tax increases on working families.

I have fought:

  • Measure U(Sales Tax Increase for Government Slush Fund),
  • Measure E( Homeowner Tax Increase For Los Rios Infrastructure)
  • Measure A(Doubling The Existing Sales Tax Increase for “Transportation”)

And countless others with broad coalitions such as the Sacramento NAACP, SacLatino Roundtable, etc.

In my free time, I enjoy going rock climbing and camping with my wife who I have been with for 12 years. Advocating for election reforms with my organization Californians for Democratic Reforms and attending CSU Chico as a Masters in Public Administration Graduate Student.

List of Accomplishments/Titles

  • Happily Married
  • Vice President of Sacramento Taxpayers Association
  • Outreach Director of Sacramento Taxpayers Association
  • Spokesperson of Californians for Democratic Reforms
  • Board Member of Californians for Electoral Reforms
  • Business Owner
  • Proud Community College Graduate
  • Bachelors of Arts in Public Administration
  • Masters of Public Administration Graduate Student
  • Real Estate Salesperson

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.

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.

Website
https://azadeh4saratoga.org/
Address
21764 Congress Hall Lane Saratoga, CA 95070
Email
drazadehweber@gmail.com

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.

Address
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.

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.

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. http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2008/08/bob-barr-says-saddleback-church-obamamccain-event-an-illegal-contribution/ 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.

Samuel Ulloa

Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Area 5

Hey everyone, I am running for college trustee for the Rancho Santiago Community College District. There is likely to be an education and student debt crisis this decade. We need someone with innovative ideas and who can represent the community on the college board. I am the only Latin American in the race and I am also the only one who went through the education system this century.

Please support me by following my Facebook page and telling your friends and family. I will be on the November 3rd ballot. If you are voting this November, then you can vote in sections of Santa Ana and Garden Grove.

https://www.instagram.com/ulloa4rsccd

Brian Holtz

Purissima Hills Water District Board President

Michael Noguera

Atwater City Council District 1

“For the People, not government”

I am Michael Noguera, and I am running for the Atwater city council, District 1. I am a sixteen-year Atwater resident, husband, father of three, and a homeowner. After graduating from high school, I attended California State University Stanislaus. From there, I went to University of La Verne College of Law. I became an attorney, and came back home to help my community. I currently practice law in the county of Merced.

I want to join the city council to help the members of my community. If elected, my focus would be on reducing or preventing high taxes on the residents, cutting red tape for businesses, and promoting activities for our youth to participate in to prevent unhealthy or negative life choices. My solution would be to market the city for more businesses to come to our area. More business means more revenue to help pay for services provided by the city, rather than continually seeking to raise taxes on the residents. People are tired of the government wanting to raise taxes on them.

I would also focus on preserving the downtown area, like other small communities. This would help make the downtown attractive for visitors, to stop and shop at the little mom-and-pop stores in our area. Making sure businesses succeed, leads to the creation of more jobs or preserving existing jobs, which in turn helps our local economy.

Atwater is my home. It is my community. I want to see it thrive.

Vote Michael Noguera for District 1.