Paul Fong

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Paul Fong
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California State Assembly District 28
Former member
In office
2008-2014
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sSan Jose State University
Master'sSan Jose State University; University of San Francisco
Personal
ProfessionProfessor
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Paul Fong is a former Democratic member of the California State Assembly, representing District 28 from 2008 to 2014.

In 2014, he sought election to the District 1 seat on the San Jose City Council. He lost to Charles Jones. Municipal elections in California are conducted on a nonpartisan basis.

Biography

Fong's professional experience includes working as a professor at Evergreen Valley College and founder of Flower Cottage.

He is a founding member of Asian Americans for Community Involvement, member of the Board of the California Community Colleges Trustees, President of Community Housing Developers, member of the Foothill-De Anza Foundation Board of Directors and founder of Sacred Heart Community Services.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Fong served on the following committees:

California Committee Assignments, 2013
Elections and Redistricting, Chair
Higher Education
Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy
Utilities and Commerce
Water, Parks and Wildlife

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Fong served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Fong served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

On his campaign website, Fong highlighted the following issues:[2]
Public safety

  • Excerpt: "We need to restore San Jose’s status as ”the safest big city in America.” To do this, we need to attract and retain more police officers. With a larger police force, we’ll be able to fight major crimes like murders and gang activity while also focusing on quality-of-life issues like property crime and vandalism."

City services

  • Excerpt: "While budgets have to be balanced, the city also needs to focus on restoring vital services. Libraries, parks and senior services are part of the fabric of our city, and they help make San Jose the great place it is to live and work."

Pension reform

  • Excerpt: "I voted for two-tier pension reform at the State level, which was signed by the Governor. These reforms were just a first step, because it is safer to do reforms incrementally."

Fong's sponsored legislation includes:

  • AB 701 - School districts: contracts: formal bids
  • AB 994 - Government tort claims: inverse condemnation
  • AB 1092 - Personalized health medicine

For details and a full listing of sponsored bills, see the House site.

Political Courage test

Fong did not provide answers to the California State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test. The test informs voters how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected.[3]

Legislative scorecard

Capitol Weekly, California's major weekly periodical covering the state legislature, publishes an annual legislative scorecard to pin down the political or ideological leanings of every member of the legislature based on how they voted on an assortment of bills in the most recent legislative session. The 2009 scores were based on votes on 19 bills, but did not include how legislators voted on the Proposition 1A (2009). On the scorecard, "100" is a perfect liberal score and "0" is a perfect conservative score.[4][5]

On the 2009 Capitol Weekly legislative scorecard, Fong ranked as a 94.[6]

Elections

2014

See also: San Jose, California city council elections, 2014

The city of San Jose, California held elections for city council on November 4, 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. Paul Fong and Charles Jones advanced past Richard A. McCoy, Susan Marsland, Tim Gildersleeve, Art Zimmermann and Bob Levy in the primary election for District 1. Jones defeated Fong in the general election.[7][8][9]

2012

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2012

Fong won re-election in the 2012 election for California State Assembly District 28. Due to redistricting following the 2010 census, he was displaced from District 22. He and Chad Walsh (I) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, unopposed. He was subsequently elected in the general election on November 6, 2012.[10][11]

California State Assembly, District 28, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Fong Incumbent 62% 108,061
     Independent Chad Walsh 38% 66,239
Total Votes 174,300

2010

See also: California State Assembly elections, 2010

Fong won re-election to the 22nd District seat in 2010. He had no opposition in the June 8 primary. He defeated Eric Shooter Hickok and T.J. Campbell in the November 2 general election.[12]

California State Assembly, District 22 General Election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Fong (D) 74,501
Eric Shooter Hickok (R) 30,143
T.J. Campbell (L) 6,478

2008

In 2008 Fong was elected to the California State Assembly District 22. Fong (D) finished with 109,249 votes while his opponent Brent Oya (R) finished with 34,230 votes.[13] Fong raised $573,148 for his campaign fund.[14]

California State Assembly District 22
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Paul Fong (D) 109,249
Brent Oya (R) 34,230

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fong is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Fong raised a total of $1,577,745 during that time period. This information was last updated on September 13, 2013.[15]

Paul Fong's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 California State Assembly, District 28 Won $568,478
2010 California State Assembly, District 22 Won $436,119
2008 California State Assembly, District 22 Won $573,148
Grand Total Raised $1,577,745

2012

Fong won re-election to the California State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Fong raised a total of $568,478.
California State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Paul Fong's campaign in 2012
California Democratic Party$16,325
California Association of Realtors$15,600
California Federation of Teachers$15,200
California State Council of Laborers$11,700
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California$11,400
Total Raised in 2012$568,478
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Fong raised $436,119 in contributions.[16]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
California State Association Of Electrical Workers $12,800
California State Pipe Trades Council $12,600
California Association Of Realtors $11,700
California State Council Of Laborers $7,800
PG&E Corp $7,800

2008

Below are Fong's top 5 campaign contributors in the 2008 election:[17]

Contributor 2008 total
California State Council of Service Employees $14,400
San Mateo Democratic County Central Cmte $9,050
CA State Council of Laborers $8,200
California Federation of Teachers $8,200
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council $7,700

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in California

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of California scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

Please see our writing guidelines if you would like to add results from an individual scorecard to this legislator's profile.

2014

In 2014, the California State Legislature was in session from January 6 to August 30.[18]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Candidates for office were scored on their responses to a survey "on whether they support legislation for more disclosure on political ads and public financing of campaigns."

2013

In 2013, the California State Legislature was in session from December 3, 2012 to September 13, 2013.[19]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by CPC.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "family values."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on "taxpayer-related issues."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

2012

In 2012, the California State Legislature was in session from January 4 to August 31.[20]

Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by ACS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills "to limit the undue influence of Big Money in politics in California."
Legislators are scored on their votes on environmental issues.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills and letters signed supported by CHS.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills lobbied for and against by CLF.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills protect water or promote safe and affordable water.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills that "affect the lives of California seniors and their families."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills related to "consumer rights."
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported by EQ CA.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills supported or opposed by PP.
Legislators are scored on their votes on bills selected by SC California as most important to the state's environmental quality.

Personal

Fong and his wife, Grace, have three children.

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References

  1. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed March 13, 2014
  2. Paul Fong for Council, "Issues," accessed on October 1, 2014
  3. Project Vote Smart, "Issue Positions," accessed March 13, 2014
  4. Capitol Weekly, "Capitol Weekly's Legislative Scorecard," December 17, 2009
  5. Fox and Hounds Daily, "Random Thoughts on the Political Scene," December 18, 2009
  6. Capitol Weekly, "2009 Capitol Weekly State Legislative Scorecard (Archived)," accessed March 13, 2014
  7. City of San Jose "June 3, 2014 Primary Election," accessed April 7, 2014
  8. San Jose Mercury News, "San Jose mayor's race: Dave Cortese vs. Sam Liccardo in November," June 3, 2014
  9. Santa Clara County, "2014 Unofficial Election Results," accessed on November 4, 2014
  10. California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
  11. California Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  12. California Secretary of State, "Official 2010 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  13. California Secretary of State, "Official 2008 General election results," accessed March 13, 2014
  14. Follow the Money, "Campaign funds," accessed March 13, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "Fong, Paul," accessed September 13, 2013
  16. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  17. Follow the Money, "2008 Campaign contributions," accessed March 13, 2014
  18. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  19. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
  20. StateScape, "Session schedules," accessed July 15, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Luis Alejo (D)
California Assembly District 28
2012-2014
Succeeded by
Evan Low (D)
Preceded by
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California State Assembly District 22
2008–2012
Succeeded by
Kevin Mullin (D)