California Assembly District 9

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    Jim Cooper

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Health care: Do you support a “single-payer” health care system? Explain.

Housing: Do you agree with rent control? Explain. What should government do to solve the housing shortage?

Gas tax: Do you support the gasoline tax and other transportation fee increases to fix roads? If not, how should the state pay for road repairs?

High-speed rail: What should the state do next with the program?

Climate: Explain what efforts, if any, the state should make to combat global warming.

Criminal justice: Explain why you agree or disagree with changes California has made to lower the prison population by setting different sentences for some crimes and changing parole rules.

Age 56
Birthplace (city) Verdun, France
Residence (city) Elk Grove
Campaign telephone (916) 895-5556
Education Master's of organizational leadership, Saint Mary's; graduate, West Point Leadership Academy; graduate, FBI National Academy.
Experience Member, California State Assembly, 2015-present; mayor and councilmember, Elk Grove City Council, 2000-14; captain, Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, 1984-2014.
I support a “universal” health care system. I also believe that we must do everything we can to protect the ACA. California currently has the lowest uninsured rate in the country at 7 percent. Everyone deserves quality and affordable health care.
It’s clear that our region’s housing costs and supply are at a tipping point. Our focus must be on increasing housing production, streamlining permitting while being environmentally conscious, and ultimately driving down the costs to produce housing.
Yes. I voted in favor of SB 1 and have been working with the California Transportation Commission to ensure that Assembly District 9 receives its fair share of transportation funding to repair our roads and improve our region’s infrastructure.
I believe that we need to continue increasing mass public transportation options across our growing state; high-speed rail is a major component. However, cost containment and ensuring our tax dollars are spent appropriately is critical.
My Democratic colleagues and I have passed several pieces of legislation aimed at combating global warming, including passing SB 32 and extending cap-and-trade. Additionally, I authored two bills aimed to combat poor air quality in our region.
While it promised to keep violent offenders in prison, it has not. The list of crimes considered violent under law doesn’t include raping an unconscious person, or pimping a child, or beating a spouse. Clearly, few voters knew this.
Age 25
Birthplace (city) Sacramento
Residence (city) Elk Grove
Campaign telephone (916) 625-6929
Campaign email
Education Bachelor's degree, economics, UC Merced, 2015.
Experience Information technology manager, People Supermarket Inc., 2016-18; real estate agent, Golden Hill Real Estate, 2016-18.
I support a single-payer health care system; it is the most effective solution. A single-payer system would give the government tremendous leverage in price negotiations with health care providers, which will lead to big savings for the public.
The housing shortage is a complex problem that requires a multi-faceted solution. Rent control, speeding up permitting processes, and cutting red tape are all a part of the possible solutions; different localities will have different solutions.
I do not support the gasoline tax. California should not enact any taxes which increase the cost of living for working-class residents. Placing taxes on oil companies, such as an oil severance tax, is an alternative. Regressive taxes are no good.
It's time to scrap the high-speed rail program. Failures happen and this was a failure; the state needs to end this project to stop wasting taxpayer money. There are better solutions, and solutions need to be focused on local needs.
Climate change needs to be aggressively dealt with by the state. Legislation should be passed that encourages investment in and use of renewable energy solutions. Big cuts to fossil fuel usage are also needed. Change needs to be fast and significant.
The cost of mass incarceration is out of control, and we must take responsibility to reduce it. Rehabilitation, programs that help build job skills, and parole for nonviolent offenders all help us reach this goal. I agree with the changes we made.