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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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San Diego County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 37

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Tim Nader

Deputy Attorney General
61,011 votes (9.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Upholding the U.S. Constitution
  • Upholding the rights of all citizens in court, including crime victims, children and civil litigants
  • Assuring that all people of all backgrounds know they will get a fair hearing

Experience

Experience

Profession:California Deputy Attorney General
Deputy Attorney General (Civil Division), California Attorney General (2008–current)
Board Member, Southwestern Community College Board — Elected position (2010–current)
Child Support Attorney, Department of Child Support Services (2002–2008)
Executive Director, Ocean Beach Community Development Corporation (1995–1997)
Mayor, City of Chula Vista — Elected position (1991–1994)
Deputy Attorney General (Criminal Divison), California Attorney General (1984–1991)
City Councilman, Chula Vista City Council — Elected position (1986–1991)
Commissioner, Chula Vista International Friendship Commission — Appointed position (1983–1986)
Research Attorney, California Court of Appeal (1982–1984)

Education

University of California at Berkeley J.D. (Law Degree), Law (1982)
University of California at Berkeley A.B., Political Science (1979)

Community Activities

Executive Committee Member, California State Bar Public Law Section (2009–2012)
Board Member, World Affairs Council of San Diego (2004–2010)
Board Member, San Diego Fair Housing Council (1995–1996)
Member, League of California Cities Public Safety Committee (1987–1994)
Member, California State Bar Special Committee on Crime Victims' Rights (1990–1990)

Biography

Born and raised in California – family moved to Chula Vista when Tim was 1 in 1958; Tim has lived in San Diego County a total of 47 years.

Attended Hilltop High in Chula Vista, Magna Cum Laude at UC Berkeley (1975), law degree from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) 1982.

 

Legal Experience:

  • Legal staff at California Court of Appeal 1982-84
  • Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the California Attorney General’s office (trial and appellate prosecution of felonies) 1984-91
  • Special Bar committee on crime victims’ rights 1989-90
  • Child Support attorney for San Diego County 2002-08
  • Deputy Attorney General in the Business & Tax Section of the California Attorney General’s office (handling advanced civil litigation in business regulation and tax), 2008-present.

 

Community Experience:

Chula Vista City Council, 1986-91:  Elected at age 29. 

Highlights of Nader’s council tenure included authoring an ordinance to stop loitering and drinking on the streets, standing up against membership by city officials in discriminatory organizations, and several measures promoting environmental protection (including use of recycled water at city facilities, promoting green building standards)

Mayor of Chula Vista, 1991-94:  Mayor of the County’s second-largest and most diverse city. 

Highlights include institution of curbside recycling, new programs in youth activities under the police, parks & recreation and nonprofit community organizations, promotion of religious freedom, and expansion of the police department.  Chula Vista became one of the first cities in the world to plan reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Nonprofit affordable housing development, 1995-2001

Foreign aid volunteer in Central Asia following 9/11, 2001-02

Southwestern Community College Board, 2010-present (President, 2010-11 and 2016-17)

Helped lead reform in a district that had been riddled with corruption, in which several former officials ultimately pled guilty to corruption charges.  Received “First Amendment Award” from student newspaper for strong defense of constitutional rights.  Authored policy resolutions supporting the rights of immigrant students.  Supported Southwestern becoming a leader in prison education which has been shown to reduce criminal recidivism by over 40%.

As Mayor and Board member, Nader has conducted innumerable public hearings and “quasi-judicial” proceedings, assuring a fair hearing to citizens on matters such as land use, personnel and student discipline hearings.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott
  • Hon. Judge Randa Trapp
  • Former Assemblyman Howard Wayne

Organizations (4)

  • Southwestern College Education Association
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club
  • San Diego Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Tom Homann Law Association

Elected Officials (25)

  • Southwestern College Board Member Roberto Alcantar
  • Southwestern College Board Member Norma Hernandez
  • Congressman Juan Vargas, 51st District
  • Southwestern College Board Member Nora Vargas
  • Former Southwestern Community College Board Member Teresa Valladolid
  • National City School Board Member Barbara Avalos
  • Carlsbad School Board Member Kathy Rallings
  • Chula Vista School Board Member Eduardo Reyes
  • Sweetwater School Board Member Paula Hall
  • Sweetwater School Board Member Nick Segura
  • MiraCosta Community College Board Member David Broad
  • Palomar Community College Board Member Mark Evilsizer
  • San Diego Community College Board Member Mary Graham
  • San Diego Community College Board Member Peter Zschiesche
  • San Diego Community College Board Member Bernie Rhinerson
  • Southwestern College Student Trustee Rudolf Villegas
  • Former San Diego Councilwoman Marti Emerald
  • Former Lemon Grove Councilman George Gastil
  • Former Southwestern College Board Member Jean Roesch
  • San Diego Community College Board Member Maria Nieto Senour
  • Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas
  • Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
  • Southwestern College Board President Griselda Delgado
  • Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher

Individuals (5)

  • Kirstyn Smith, Southwestern College Student President
  • Abdimalik Buul Ph.D, Southwestern College Professor/Counselor
  • Ken Msemaji
  • Former Southwestern College Student Trustee Freda Hernandez
  • Patricia Flores-Charter

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Judicial Independence:  Judges must be independent of interest and ideological groups, and make decisions fairly based on evidence and law.

Judicial Impartiality:  Judges should “call balls and strikes” and decide cases based on the Constitution and the law, not their own personal opinions.

Judicial Fairness:  Every citizen should know that a judge will give them a fair shake.  Judges should not express bias against any ethnic group, gender, religion or any other group. 

Decide cases on the Evidence  Judges must decide cases fairly based on the evidence, not on personal prejudice or fake news conspiracy theories.  For example, Nader understands that climate change is real based on the evidence, and has always rejected “birtherism” because it was based on falsehood.

Public Safety and Community Values:  Judges must first and foremost follow the law.  When the law gives judges discretion, they should bear in mind the impact of their decisions on the safety of law-abiding citizens, and on freedom and  opportunity for  all citizens of the community.

Uphold the Law and the Constitution:  Most important, judges must be dedicated to upholding the Constitution, and follow the law rather than their own personal opinions.  Nader’s dedication to the Constitution has been shown throughout his career.  He was specially recognized as a leader at Southwestern College on promoting and upholding the First Amendment, and has always been a staunch defender of the constitutional rights of citizens.

Position Papers

Public Safety

Summary

Public safety comes first.  Public safety requires a combination of being tough on crime with giving incarcerated individuals the tools to be law-abiding citizens when they are eventually released.

I have always believed public safety is the highest duty of government.  Our courts should support the efforts of our police and legislative officials to protect law-abiding citizens from crime, while ensuring the constitutional rights of all - including the constitutional rights of crime victims - are preserved. 

Crime prevention has at least two important parts:  Deterrence and prevention.  Some seem to believe these two parts cannot be implemented at the same time.  I believe not only that deterrence and prevention can be implemented at the same time, but that they must be.

As a former criminal prosecutor with the Attorney General’s office, I understand that we must be tough on violent crime.  I remember the 1980s when crime was rampant before the state cracked down with tougher laws, and when the rights of crime victims were often not recognized in our courts.  I met too many victims of crime and their families, and I will never forget the importance of deterring crime.  

As Mayor of Chula Vista in the 1990s, I led a significant expansion of our police department, and supported laws to crack down on drug and gang activity.  At the same time, I brought together our police department with other agencies and community nonprofit organizations to create new educational and recreational programs for young people and create better opportunities in our community.  A significant drop in crime followed this combination of tough law enforcement and greater opportunity.

We need to remember that most incarcerated individuals will be released when they have done their time, and we need to think about whether law-abiding citizens will be safer afterward.  As a community college trustee, I have supported prison education programs that have been proven to dramatically reduce recidivism.

As a judge, I will apply the law, not create it.  In those situations where the law gives me discretion, that discretion will be guided by the belief that public safety is the highest priority.  I support treatment for drug addicts and education for those who are serving time.  However, while protecting due process for all accused, I will not hesitate to “throw the book” at criminals who imperil innocent citizens. 

Throughout my career, I have stood up for the rights of all citizens to have safe streets, schools and homes.

Upholding the Constitution

Summary

 

A judge should uphold the Constitution, not legislate his own opinions or biases.  Tim Nader has a proven record of supporting the Consitution.

Every public official in California takes an oath to uphold the Constitution.  Judges are the ultimate guardians of the Constitution in our system, and it is vitally important that we have judges who take their oath seriously. 

I have a proven record of defending the Constitution.  First as a city official and then as a community college board member, I have vigorously defended the rights of citizens to exercise their constitutional prerogatives of free speech and free expression of religion.  As Mayor, for example, I supported the rights of Christians to express their faith through helping the homeless and the rights of members of the Bahai faith to assemble in public to express their religious teaching.  More recently, I have supported our students’ requests for spaces where they can pray and meditate according to their own beliefs.  I opposed censorship and I cherish the award I was given by student journalists for defending the First Amendment, which protects the rights of free speech, assembly, petition and religion.  I have opposed any attempt by government to “register” citizens based on their religious beliefs.

The Constitution protects all of us from government overreach in our private lives as well as protecting our right to express our opinions and to practice the faith of our choice.  It also assures due process to those accused of crime, and guarantees that all citizens enjoy equal protection of the law.  In California, our state’s Constitution also protects the rights of crime victims to be heard at a perpetrator’s sentencing and to receive restitution for crime.  In all these respects, it is the duty of judges to uphold the Constitution’s protection of our freedoms and to defend it against encroachment.  My record proves that I take this obligation seriously and can be counted on to uphold the Constitution’s protection of our rights as Americans.

Videos (3)

— May 30, 2018 Tim Nader for Judge 2018

Tim Nader highlighting his extensive experience within the legal field and local community. 

Tim Nader for Judge - San Diego County. Remember to Vote in the June 5 Election!

— May 30, 2018 East County Magazine

In an interview originally aired on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ radio,  San Diego Superior Court Judge candidate Tim Nader discusses his experience and judicial values and views of our criminal justice system. 

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