California Assembly District 6

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    Kevin Kiley
    (Rep)

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    Jacalyn "Jackie" Smith
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

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 33
Birthplace (city) Sacramento
Residence (city) Rocklin
Education Law degree, Yale University, 2012; master’s of secondary education, Loyola Marymount University, 2009; bachelor’s degree, social studies, Harvard University, 2007.
Experience Assemblymember, California State Assembly, 2016-present; deputy attorney general, California Department of Justice, 2015-16; attorney, Irell & Manella, 2012-15; English teacher, Manual Arts High School, 2007-09.
The Legislature must focus on reforms that lower costs, expand access to care, and protect the rights of patients to choose their own doctors. This is a more responsible approach than single-payer, which would cost twice the current state budget.
We must reduce the cost of rent in California by streamlining regulations that have driven up those costs. Adding further regulations, like new rent controls, would only diminish the quality and quantity of housing.
I voted against the new gas tax, which will cost Californians $52 billion. We must fix our roads by making sure the taxes and fees Californians already pay for transportation are used for that purpose.
I oppose this project, which would be both the world’s slowest and most expensive “high-speed” rail. I support instead using precious tax dollars to repair our roads, increase water storage, and improve regional transit service.
I am excited about new forms of renewable energy that have the potential to lower prices and protect the environment. The state can jump-start innovation by incentivizing research and investing in green technology that has a clear public benefit.
Public safety is government’s first responsibility. I am opposed to new laws that have eliminated mandatory penalties for using a gun in the commission of a crime and have given thousands of other violent offenders eligibility for early release.
Age 62
Birthplace (city) Evergreen Park, Illinois
Residence (city) Rocklin
Campaign telephone (916) 741-9303
Campaign email Info@smith4assembly.com
Education Bachelor's degree, journalism/advertising, San Diego State University, 1985; Project and Program Management Certificate, UC Santa Cruz, 2005; Business Administration Certificate, UC Santa Cruz, 2012.
Experience Owner, small business, present; various positions, Silicon Valley biotech and semi-conductor manufacturers, 25 years; real estate agent/investor, 5 years.
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I support a publicly administered health care system. I believe that California's health care system is stronger when everyone is included. Over 70% of California voters support this. I strongly support access to affordable single-payer health care.
Yes, I agree on rent control. As a landlord, I see firsthand the struggles of tenants. The government can lift restrictions on builders to allow building of more units to fill this need.
Nobody wants to see a tax increase. California has not had a gas tax increase for 24 years. That is not to say that we have not seen a price increase at the pump. Oil company profits do not pay for infrastructure and road repairs. Safe roads matter.
Our state is growing by thousands daily. It is more important than ever to take cars off already congested freeways. We should continue to expand and complete the project by investing in high-speed rail.
Encourage the use of clean energy in state and commercial buildings. Support electric public transportation. Bike paths in urban areas to enable an alternative commute and cut down on emissions. Tax breaks on voluntary carbon emissions reduction.
California is mandated to address prison overcrowding. Reducing our fiscal burden approximately $48 million dollars by the reduction of nonviolent offenders will allow redirection of our resources to remove the most dangerous elements of society.