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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

California State AssemblyCandidate for District 3

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Edward Ritchie

Business Contracts Representative
63,867 votes (37%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To protect our water quality, further long term goals for water storage and conservation, both surface ground water.
  • To ensure public safety funding for police, fire, levee improvement and forest management.
  • To improve social justice and broaden the representation for those of us who feel we are not being heard at the state level.



Profession:Retired, business contracts representative
Board of Directors member, 13th District Agricultural Association Yuba Sutter Fair Board — Elected position (2015–current)
District Representative, Operating Engineers (2006–2016)
Board of Directors Member, North central counties consortium workforce development board — Appointed position (2013–2016)
President, Marysville Central Labor Council — Elected position (2010–2016)
General Foreman, Teichert Aggregates (1987–2006)


Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority Member Board of Directors (2015 to present).13th Agricultural Association, Yuba Sutter Fair, Member Board of Directors (2015 to present). North Central Counties Consortium Workforce Development Member Board of Directors  (2013 to 2016). Retired Business and employee representative (2006 to 2016).

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 
Answer from Edward Ritchie:

We should leave no options behind. Water Storage ,Surface and Underground. Water conservation and related inovation not only will help us manage our resources but will also create  opprotunities for employment.

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?
Answer from Edward Ritchie:

Infrastucture, Education, restoring social programs that have been cut. 


There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Answer from Edward Ritchie:

Yes . I do support the increase of minimum wage. I  believe that the impact on jobs if any at all are out wieged by the econimics of consumer spending and the ability of full time workers to not have to rely on public services.

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
Answer from Edward Ritchie:

Our legislature should continue to push for full disclosure of funds spent by third party pacs not controlled by the candidate .We need to strengthen our laws on lobbying office holders and consider those meetings as public meetings.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $53,788

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

Operating Engineers Local 3
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
California Democratic Party
Employees of Law Office Of Raj Chima
NorCal Pipeline Services

More information about contributions

By State:

California 97.88%
District of Columbia 1.88%
Florida 0.24%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.70%)
Small contributions (1.30%)

By Type:

From organizations (83.26%)
From individuals (16.74%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Official Statement

Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: Butte County Registrar of Voters

Edward Ritchie
Member of the State Assembly, 3
rd District
Party Preference: Democratic
Occupation: Retired Business Representative Age: 55

Our region is vitally important to the state. We supply California with food, water, and lumber, and we’re a destination for every kind of recreation. Yet Sacramento legislators draft laws without understanding our rural issues, concerns, or how legislation will impact Northern California communities.

We need a fresh leadership, unafraid to advocate for regional resources to improve infrastructure, education, and quality of life for working families. We need a leader who’ll support women, workers, and our business communities, and who’s willing to address environmental concerns and climate change impacts. It’s our Assemblymember’s responsibility to advocate for the needs of rural Northern California’s working families, be a bold voice for our issues and needs, and effectively impact legislation on our region’s behalf. Looking at the results, there’s clearly work to do.

I’m not a career politician or afraid to get my hands dirty. I believe in action over words and solutions over rhetoric. In a career spent supporting small businesses, local communities, and working families, I’ve learned to effectively bridge divisions, find solutions that work, and get the job done. I’ll focus on regional advocacy, build partnerships, work with stakeholders, and persist until there’s genuine impact. I’d be honored to represent our district in the Assembly — and to bring home results. North Central Counties Workforce Development Board; Yuba Sutter Fair Board, Three Rivers Levee Improvement Authority Board.

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