By Bill Ruh, CVAR Government Affairs Director
Election Day 2016 is now one for the history books. No matter where your partisan political preferences may rest, your non-partisan REALTOR® Party has been hard at work throughout this election cycle to help elect REALTOR® friendly candidates in the U.S. House of Representatives, the California State Senate and the California State Assembly. To that end we at the Citrus Valley Association of REALTORS® are pleased to announce that ALL of the REALTOR® Party candidates in our service area have been elected or in some cases re-elected.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, where we need to keep the Mortgage Interest Deduction and 1031 exchanges, we congratulate:
Congressmember Judy Chu – 27th Congressional District
Congressmember Pete Aguilar – 31st Congressional District
Congressmember Grace Napolitano – 32nd Congressional District
Congressmember Norma Torres – 35th Congressional District
Congressmember Ed Royce – 39th Congressional District
In the California State Senate and the California State Assembly, where we need to stop the potential for Professional Service Taxes and need to keep the Independent Contractor status of REALTORS®; we congratulate:
Senator Mike Morrell – 23rd Senate District
Senator Anthony Portantino – 25th Senate District
Senator Ling Ling Chang – 29th Senate District
Assemblymember Marc Steinorth – 40th Assembly District
Assemblymember Chris Holden – 41st Assembly District
Assemblymember Blanca Rubio – 48th Assembly District
Assemblymember Ed Chau – 49th Assembly District
Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez – 52 Assembly District
Assemblymember Philip Chen – 55th Assembly District
Assemblymember Ian Calderon – 57th Assembly District
That is 15 races in which the REALTOR® Party competed and 15 races the REALTOR® Party won! A 100% victory for REALTORS® We know each of them and we know that they will fight for REALTORS®.
At CVAR we ask you to get involved with the real estate politics that affect your business. Join the advocacy of CVAR, CAR and NAR to keep all REALTORS® protected and nationally recognized. The REALTOR® Party is a powerful alliance of REALTORS® and REALTOR® associations working to protect and promote home ownership and property investment. The REALTOR® Party speaks with one voice to advance candidates and public policies that build strong communities and promote a vibrant business environment. Get involved with the real estate politics that affect your business. Without the advocacy of the REALTOR® Party, victories such as those above would not be possible. We ask you to join the advocacy of the REALTOR® Party by making a contribution to the REALTOR® Action Fund. Your participation will help to ensure future victories.
As Winston Churchill once said: “Many forms of government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst from of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”