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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 64

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Theresa Sanford

I am a Public Middle School Teacher
15,010 votes (15.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • A vibrant, growing economy and well-paying jobs for communities within the 64th Assembly District.
  • Public Safety: Adequate police and fire services for our communities & preservation of your right to protect yourself and loved ones from harm.
  • Protect Prop. 13 and oppose ANY additional tax increases that hurt businesses, working families and those on fixed incomes.



Profession:I am a Public Middle School Teacher
Middle School Teacher - US History, Geography, Science, English, LAUSD (2005–current)
Member, Los Angeles County Republican County Committee, 64th AD — Elected position (2010–current)
Teacher's Assistant, LAUSD (1998–2005)


Graduated Magna Cum Laude from California State University Dominguez Hills Bachelor's Degree & Teaching Credential, Liberal Studies Major with emphasis in Science and Social Studies (2005)
Los Angeles Harbor College Associate's Degree, Liberal Arts (2000)

Community Activities

Volunteer Area Coordinator & Secretary, Southland Collie Rescue (1995–current)


I am married and the mother of two adult children.  I grew up in the South Bay and graduated from LAUSD schools.  earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts at Los Angeles Harbor College, and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies  and Teaching Credential from California State University Dominguez Hills.  I currently teach 8th grade science at the middle school I attended in my youth.   

I am running for public office because I am frustrated with failed leadership and the lack of fiscal responsibility in Sacramento.   Exercising my right to vote is no longer enough.   I feel it is time to get into action, to aspire to be part of the conversation in Sacramento.

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (4)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Theresa Sanford:

Although well-intended, rent control programs are often inefficient and counterproductive. Unfortunate poor and low-income residents, unable to find a rent controlled apartment or obtain governmental subsidies, struggle to pay market rent, while others benefit from low rent resulting in little turnover of these affordable units. Owners of regulated properties tend to skimp on maintenance and repair; eventually, rent control and over-regulation of new construction lead to shortages of new housing stock. Additionally, to evade rent control, impacted apartment owners convert their buildings to owner-occupied condos or commercial use to exempt them from regulation resulting in a decrease in the supply of rental housing, the opposite of desired outcome.

The law of supply and demand drives up prices when a commodity is scarce (housing).  I believe the state and municipal governments should ease regulations and adjust zoning to encourage new construction and permit investors to develop creative ways to utilize distressed properties or convert some existing vacant commercial properties for residential use.   Low-income housing subsidies and rent-controlled properties should be reserved for those who truly need it.  


According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Theresa Sanford:

I agree that the U.S. does have a significant civility problem.   Over the past several election cycles, polarization on both sides of the political spectrum has increased resulting in lack of respect for others, particularly on social media and in the public square.   Relationships between friends and family members have become strained over political issues and candidates.   

It is important to endeavor to improve relations among those with different ideological viewpoints.   If elected, I will work to establish programs and workshops that bring community members together to build trust and mutual understanding on issues that all can find common ground on, as well as facilitate constructive engagement and discourse regarding opposing viewpoints on difficult topics. 


Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow that your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Theresa Sanford:

Concern over climate change is a significant worry in our lives.   I believe we need to have a balanced approach when it comes to the topic of climate change.     Seeking to examine the data of the historical trends shown in the ice core data over many, many years in addition to the more accurate temperature and other scientific data recorded over the past two centuries to identify what cyclical changes are likely naturally occuring and mitigating those factors which are the result of human activity as much as reasonably possible.

 It is important to establish a mixed portfolio of energy options which do not entirely exclude fossil fuels until the efficiency, practicality and affordability of renewables improves.   Additionally, technology for battery storage and transmission of renewable energy, particularly solar energy, needs to be in place before our state moves to impose mandates for utilization of solar and wind power by consumers. 

The implementation of SB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (aka Cap and Trade) authorized the State Air Resources Board to achieve "more stringent greenhouse gas emission reductions..." through the enactment of rules and regulations that impose additional costs on businesses and consumers.    It is crucial that we avoid additional policy changes that may result in severe economic impacts to energy producers in our state and the Caliornians' they employ, as well as increased fees and costs for consumers at the pump. 

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?
Answer from Theresa Sanford:


I support kindergarten readiness assessments to determine if students need additional time to mature before enrolling in the more demanding kindergarten programs in public schools.   For students that are not “ready” but eligible to enroll in Kindergarten, I support developmental K and early literacy intervention programs to ensure that as many students as possible are competent readers by nine when the curriculum shifts from learning to read, to reading to learn.

Additionally, I support the return of comprehensive vocational education to the public schools in order to provide students with an opportunity to experience multiple modalities of learning and discover talents for vocations that pay well, but do not require a college degree.  The ability to earn a good wage is crucial for young Californians'.   Many students attending college need to work while in school to support themselves, others do not attend college or delay enrollment.  These young people need to earn a living wage so they can support themselves and eventually acheive the California Dream.

When elected, I will support legislation that improves K-12 education, ensuring that young children are reading at or near grade level by the end of elementary school.  I will work to return as much control as possible over spending and decision-making to local school sites and support the creation of more vocational training opportunities and college readiness programs for youth in our communities.  



Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $7,988

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

Employees of Los Angeles Unified School District
Employees of Taproot Foundation
Employees of CSULB

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.94%)
Small contributions (1.06%)

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My priorities when elected include:

Ensuring California Citizen's Constitutional Liberties are respected

Improving Public Safety

Growing the Economy & Jobs

Improving Public Education and ensuring that funding is spent responsibly and at the Local Level and Increasing Vocational and Career Technical Education opportunities in our schools and communities

Finding solutions to ensure all California citizens have access to affordable healthcare plans that best meets their individual needs. 

Maintaining Prop 13 protections for Residential and Commercial Property Owners

Reducing bureaucratic barriers to the building of new housing or conversion of existing properties to housing whenever possible and ensuring funding for housing and other services needed by our veterans is prioritized and allocated appropriately 

Ensuring financial resources are adequately allocated for maintenance of our roads, water delivery, and aquifer re-charge and water storage infrastructure is in place to prepare for the next severe drought

If elected I will vote to support measures that support public safety, and stimulate the economy and job growth.  I will vote to protect Prop 13 for residential and commercial property owners. I support cutting taxes to stimulate economic growth in the private sector and preserving tax credits for the working poor. 



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