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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

California State AssemblyCandidate for District 6

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Cristi Nelson

Small Businesswoman
12,834 votes (9.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Increase Public Safety
  • Rein In Government Spending
  • Alleviate the Tax Burden



Profession:Small Business Owner
Direct Technology, Self-Employed; Small Business Owner (2005–current)


California State University, Sacramento Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice (current)
Lorenzo Patiño Law School Juris Doctor, Law (current)

Community Activities

Member, Placer County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Mounted Team (2002–current)


Cristi Nelson was born and raised in an area of California that rewards hard work and encourages family values. She is a fourth generation Californian and lifelong Northern California resident.

As the daughter of a Special Agent Supervisor with the California Department of Justice, Cristi’s respect for public safety was engrained in her at birth. She has turned her admiration into dedication, and currently serves as a member of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue Mounted Team.

Although she commits a significant amount of time to the safety of local residents, much of Cristi’s life and vocation have been dedicated to advocating for families in the areas of finance and employment.

After graduating from Sacramento State with a degree in Criminal Justice, Cristi earned her law degree at night while working full time. Professionally, Cristi spent over a decade protecting families, business owners, and residents against lawsuits and claims that jeopardized their ability to earn a living as well as support their families. Her work helped to expedite insurance claims, save taxpayer dollars, and ensure client disputes were handled in an efficient manner.

Throughout her career, both clients and coworkers have recognized Cristi as a leader and problem solver. No matter what company or position, her hard work and common sense approach to issues have provided her with the opportunity to systematically ascend through the ranks and benefit those around her. Although fulfilling, her experience as a businesswoman in the Golden State has also been a source of frustration.

Each day, Cristi witnesses the problems associated with California’s tax-and-spend political approach to governing, and can no longer sit back and watch political decisions burden the working class and encroach or dampen the entrepreneurial spirit of a state that once had the fifth largest economy in the world.

As a Conservative Member of the Assembly, Cristi will use her experience as a taxpayer advocate and business owner to expand employment opportunities for the working class while standing up for taxpayers throughout the region. Cristi and her husband own a company based in Roseville that employs over 150 residents throughout California and along the western coast of the United States.

Cristi has been married to her husband, Rick, for 23 years, and they have a daughter, Nicole, and a son, Jake.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $360,518

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of NELSON, CRISTI
Employees of Owen-Dunn Insurance Services
Direct Technology and employees
Peace Officers Research Association of California
Employees of Gabriela Michanie
Employees of GALLINA
Hallsten Corporation
Employees of Hillenbrand Insurance Solutions
Employees of IBM
Employees of Law Offices of Christopher Lee
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.13%
Massachusetts 2.34%
Nevada 0.81%
Arizona 0.28%
Connecticut 0.28%
Other 0.17%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.63%)
Small contributions (0.37%)

By Type:

From organizations (19.46%)
From individuals (80.54%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Jobs and Economy:

Too many Californians remain out of work and people are still struggling. Higher taxes and anti-business laws have made our state one of the worst places to do business. As a business owner, I am not surprised that companies hesitate to come to California and are leaving or expanding out of state in record numbers. We have the highest sales, income and gas taxes in the country—and our bureaucracy is openly hostile towards the private sector. This is why CEO Magazine has ranked California the worst state for business over the past 8 years. I have spent my entire career in the private sector, and I see it everyday.

The price of running a business here is drastically higher than other places and we all pay the price. Good middle-class jobs are disappearing and before California can once again open for business, we must streamline the regulatory process, lower employer costs, and stop believing that higher taxes are the solution to every problem.

The success of our hard-working families hinges on commonsense reform and job creation. As an Assemblywoman, I will never vote for a tax increase, I will oppose any job-killing legislation that comes across my desk, and I will use my private sector experience to author reforms that incentivize business expansion.

Public Safety:

I am a proud daughter of a Special Agent Supervisor with the California Department of Justice and strong supporter of law enforcement. As a student at CSU Sacramento, I studied criminal justice because I wanted to learn the process for creating good public policy and reducing crime. Public safety is one of the most important issues in which the Legislature is responsible, and without safe communities, we cannot have a thriving economy or properly educate our children.

However, recent decisions by our elected officials have demonstrated a lack of commitment to the safety of both our residents and our officers. And the Governor’s decision to implement AB 109 or prison realignment has placed our state in a tenable situation. There are thousands of hardened criminals being released each month, and many repeat offenders never see jail time due to a lack of cell space.

Unfortunately, it gets worse. The same politicians who have left our county jails overrun with criminals and jeopardized the lives of countless Californians, are now responsible for passing Prop 47. A ploy to try and lessen the continual effects of prison realignment, Prop 47 was sold as a law to reduce sentencing for petty crimes. But the law was drafted so poorly that it undermines technological advancements used for solving ongoing cases, while turning offenses such as possession of the date rape drug and robbery of a firearm by repeat offenders into misdemeanors.

I will never take our safety for granted, and I will do everything in my power to ensure criminals are off our streets and families are safe.


California is entering its fifth year of an historic drought, which will only serve to further test our dwindling water supply. The drought has been particularly tough for farmers who have seen their water allocations both threatened and taken away. Sensing the need for action, voters approved the Water Bond in Proposition 1 in 2014, and authorized the use of new funds for water related projects. Roughly $2.7 billion of the funding is dedicated to water storage. This funding is critical for constructing new reservoirs—something the state has not done since the 1970s despite our high rate of population growth.

I am a strong supporter of expanding water storage before we pursue projects like the Governor’s proposed twin tunnels under the Delta. A plan that merely allows Southern California to siphon water from our region and deplete our most valuable resource at a much faster rate. Not to mention, the cost of the tunnels project is monumental with current estimates anywhere from $14-50 billion.

Unfortunately, water is not impervious to California’s predisposition to providing unaccountable bureaucrats with too much power on critical issues. In 2014, the state passed new legislation that provided an unelected board with the authority to regulate groundwater. This will undoubtedly put even more pressure on farmers who are relying on groundwater to offset their reduced water allocations.

Government Overreach:

Modern day California has sadly become a nanny state in many ways. Instead of deferring personal decision-making or responsibility to individuals or parents, many lawmakers feel it is appropriate for the state to try and legislate morality or well being into our daily lives. I am a strong believer in personal liberty and when government gets involved in our personal decisions, we move farther away from the ideals of our founding fathers.

Our Personal freedom continues to be threatened by a large and overreaching government as well as the politicians who believe they know better. Politicians should be focused on creating policies that promote jobs and economic growth, rather than creating road blocks in the private sector.


For decades, our government and our publicly funded programs have grown. At the same time, our level of unemployment, high poverty rate, and underperforming public education system tell the story: It’s not working.

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