Susan Shelley

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Susan Shelley
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Former candidate for
California State Assembly District 45
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
High schoolEl Camino Real High School
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University, Northridge
Place of birthChicago, IL
Personal website
Susan Shelley was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 45 of the California State Assembly. She ran unsuccessfully for the same seat in a 2013 special election.


Campaign themes


Shelley's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Protect Proposition 13

  • Excerpt: "Don't lose your home to higher property taxes."

Affordable Energy and Water

  • Excerpt: "Reckless laws and wasteful policies are driving up your energy and water bills"

Cancel the Bullet Train

  • Excerpt: "At a time when California's budget is already $340 billion in the red, with so many infrastructure needs unmet, with so many pressures to pay for education and health care, we don't need or want a bullet train."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "We should be viewing our state's economic stagnation as an emergency, and our state government should be doing everything possible to help businesses grow in California. That's where jobs will be found, and that's also what will generate the tax revenue to pay for the vital social safety net, education, and all our other public priorities."



See also: California State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of California State Assembly took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 3, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 7, 2014. Incumbent Matt Dababneh (D) and Susan Shelley (R) were unopposed in the blanket primary. Dababneh defeated Shelley in the general election.[2][3][4]

California State Assembly, District 45, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Dababneh Incumbent 57.1% 45,321
     Republican Susan Shelley 42.9% 34,055
Total Votes 79,376


See also: State legislative special elections, 2013

Shelley ran in a special election for California State Assembly District 45. The seat was vacant following Rep. Bob Blumenfield's (D) election to the Los Angeles City Council. Shelley faced ten others in a blanket primary, which took place on September 17. As no candidate received 50 percent of the vote the top two vote-getters - Matt Dababaneh (D) and Susan Shelley (R) - met in a runoff election on November 19, which Dababaneh won.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

California State Assembly, District 45, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Dababaneh 50.5% 14,984
     Republican Susan Shelley 49.5% 14,665
Total Votes 29,649


See also: California's 30th Congressional District elections, 2012

Shelley ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 30th District. She was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[12][13]



In 2014, Shelley's endorsements included the following:[14]

  • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
  • Los Angeles Register
  • California Business Alliance
  • Republican Party of Los Angeles County
  • Ventura County Republican Party
  • California Republican League
  • Republicans for Choice
  • Los Angeles County Lincoln Clubs
  • Republican National Hispanic Assembly of California
  • California Young Republicans Federation
  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy
  • Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway
  • Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff
  • Assembly Member Shannon Grove
  • Assembly Member Jeff Gorrell
  • Senator Mike Morrell
  • Assembly Member Paula Boland (retired)
  • Assembly Member Brooks Firestone (retired)
  • Calabasas City Councilman James Bozajian
  • Police Captain Tom Brascia (retired)

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