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California State SenateCandidate for District 24

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Peter Choi

Nonprofit President
69,160 votes (33.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Pass Senate Bill 562 and provide single payer healthcare for all Californians.
  • Protect the Environment by banning fracking and moving aggressively to solar, wind and clean alternative fuels.
  • End the For-Profit Prison system which unfairly targets young men and women of color from low income neighborhoods. #newjimcrow



Profession:Nonprofit President
President, Temple City Chamber of Commerce (2011–current)
Writer-Producer-Director, Hollywood / Directors Guild of America (1982–current)
Small Business Owner, Serifos, independent gift shop in Sunset Junction/Silver Lake (2001–2013)
Council Member, SIlver Lake Neighborhood Council — Elected position (2003–2008)


Harvard University A.B. degree cum laude (with honors), English & American Literature and Languages (1982)

Community Activities

Co-Founder, "Laughs On Tap" Comedy Benefit for NELA Homeless Organizations (2017–current)
Chairman, Valley Association of Chamber Executives (2015–current)
Volunteer, Monday Night Mission (Homeless Skid Row support organization) #shedoes (2014–current)
Boardmember, California Small Business Association (2009–2011)
Chairman, Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce (2001–2004)

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

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

Repeal Costa-Hawkins.
Fund truly affordable housing for low income families.
Expand the earned income tax credit.

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 Peter Choi:

Lead by example with empathy, humour and intelligence.

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

Ban fracking which is both bad for the environment and uses too much water.
Storm water capture and recycling.
Grey water systems in new housing.
Limit housing developments in hard-to-reach mountanous areas.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of young, low-income Californians?
Answer from Peter Choi:

Free state college.

Currently there isn't enough money in the state retirement system to pay for all the benefits promised to government workers. What would you do as Senator to address the state’s unfunded pension liability?
Answer from Peter Choi:

I agree with Governor Jerry Brown that this is the biggest issue facing California and I support his efforts to amend the "California RUle" that has restricted changes to publci employee retirement plans for half a century. 

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $12,676

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

Employees of The McMullen Company Inc.
Employees of heritage company
Employees of Columbia University
Employees of Daniel A Devido
Employees of SCCGP

More information about contributions

By State:

California 71.53%
Arkansas 17.52%
New York 4.38%
Texas 2.63%
Other 3.94%

By Size:

Large contributions (90.04%)
Small contributions (9.96%)

By Type:

From organizations (10.95%)
From individuals (89.05%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Videos (2)

— May 15, 2018 Choi For State Senate

Progressive Democrat Peter Choi addresses the East Area Progressive Democrats, largest Democratic Club in Los Angeles County, where he defeated his opponent 35-20.

— May 15, 2018 Choi For State Senate

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