The 42nd Assembly District encompasses portions of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. It stretches from Yucaipa to La Quinta, up to Twentynine Palms and down to Hemet. Brian Nestande currently represents the district but will be terming out next year.
Chris Mann is the first person to declare his candidacy officially. There are rumblings that San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford’s chief of staff, Chad Mayes, also plans to run for the seat.
Mann is a business owner and a taxpayer advocate. He is the Founder of the Inland Empire Taxpayers Association and Vice President of the Riverside County Young Republicans. He is a former mayor, city councilman and water board director. He owns Mann Communications, a public relations firm.
Mann agreed to a brief interview yesterday. A more in-depth interview will be published in the next few weeks.
Q: Why are you running? How much can you do as a conservative?
Mann: The results of last year’s election in California were so devastating that I felt I was at a crossroads. I either needed to move my business out of state or stay here and fight. I decided to stay and fight by trying to make a difference as a member of the Legislature.
Q: What is your stance on the Second Amendment?
Mann: I am a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment. I am a Life Member of the NRA, and fully support the right of law abiding citizens to own and carry guns for self-defense and the protection of our Constitutional rights.
Q: And how about states’ rights?
Mann: The Federal government was intended to be limited in scope and weak. The Constitution clearly leaves most rights and responsibilities to the states and to individuals. I believe strongly in local control.
Mann told me that he is a lifelong Republican who believes in limited government, individual liberty and restoring the freedoms that were intended for us by the founding fathers.
He says what sets him apart is that he is a businessman first, and does not depend on the taxpayers for his paycheck. He is a tax-fighter, not a tax-taker.
Mann wants to see change in the Republican Party. He says it needs to get back to the nuts and bolts of grassroots campaigning, and needs a complete re-branding. He says it has become out of touch with too many voting groups, including younger voters.
To learn more about Chris Mann, check out these websites and social media sites:
- Campaign Website: VoteChrisMann.com
- Facebook Page: Chris Mann for State Assembly
- Twitter: @VoteChrisMann
- Inland Empire Taxpayers Association Website: www.ieTaxpayers.com
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