Jim Reed

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Jim Reed
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Former candidate for
California State Assembly, District 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California-Berkeley (1972)
Master'sGolden Gate University
J.D.San Francisco Law School (1976)
Jim Reed was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 3 of the California State Assembly. He ran unsuccessfully to represent the 1st Congressional District of California in 2012.


Reed earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineer from the University of California-Berkeley in 1972, his M.S. in Taxation from Golden Gate University and his J.D. from San Francisco Law School in 1976. His professional experience includes running a law practice in Fall River Mills, CA.[1]


Campaign themes


Reed's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]

The Role of an Assemblyman

  • Excerpt: "An Assemblyman must be independent and exercise good judgment in voting for the legislation that comes before Legislature. That means at times voting against their own political party leaders and resisting the influence of special interests. "

Water Rights

  • Excerpt: "I totally oppose Governor Brown’s water tunnel proposal. We do need to restore the Delta environment, reinforce the levies, and increase water storage. But sending our water to Southern California is too high of a price to pay."

California Tax Reform

  • Excerpt: "Our State income tax laws are unreasonably complicated and full of unnecessary loop holes."

Health Care

  • Excerpt: "We do not need to go backwards and rehash the old political fight. We need to get to work fixing the law’s problems and adding provisions to keep health care costs down, rather than starting all over from scratch."

Regulation and Executive Pay

  • Excerpt: "However, as adamant as I am about the critical need of government regulation of large companies, especially those deemed too big to fail, I am a strong proponent of staying away from regulating small businesses. Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, the primary source of innovation, and the main hope to create new jobs and lead us out of our present economic problems."


Reed's campaign website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • The Role of a Congressional Representative
Excerpt: "I believe our forefathers, when they created our government, wanted Congressional Representatives to speak for the people in their District. A Congressional Representative must be independent and exercise good judgment in voting for the legislation that comes before Congress. That means at times voting against their own political party leaders and resisting the influence of special interests."
  • Taxes and Discrimination Against the Middle Class
Excerpt: "Over the last 25 years, Congress at the behest of Wall Street has shifted the tax burden from people who make their income from investments to the working men and women of the middle class. First, Congress reduced the tax rate on capital gains to 15% no matter how much income is earned. Then, Congress, as part of the Bush tax cuts, reduced the tax on dividends to 15%. "
  • Social Security
Excerpt: "One of my highest priorities is saving Social Security as we know it today. Social Security as originally created was properly funded to last into the foreseeable future. However, Congressional borrowing from the Social Security Trust Fund and the aging population has put pressure on the ability of the fund to pay benefits."
  • Term Limits
Excerpt: "I believe that our Congressional Representatives should not be career politicians that clog up progress in Washington. Members of Congress should represent the people of their District, but when they stay too long, they get comfortable and stop listening. I believe that 4 two-year terms (8 years total) should be the limit and I pledge not to stay in Congress any longer than that."
  • Jobs
Excerpt: "The Northern Counties in District 1 receive far less than the national average for Federal spending. This spending includes all Federal payments that end up in the District including money for education, veterans, and family farms. We have in the District a persistent unemployment rate that far exceeds the national average and I believe there is a direct correlation between the high unemployment rate and the fact that the District does not get back its fair share of our tax dollars."



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. Jim Reed (D) and James Gallagher (R) defeated Ryan Schohr (R) in the blanket primary. Gallagher defeated Reed in the general election.[4][5][6]

California State Assembly, District 3, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Gallagher 63.1% 69,552
     Democratic Jim Reed 36.9% 40,732
Total Votes 110,284
California State Assembly, District 3 Blanket Primary, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Gallagher 44.4% 34,744
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJim Reed 34% 26,557
     Republican Ryan Schohr 21.6% 16,906
Total Votes 78,207


See also: California's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Reed ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 1st District. He and Doug La Malfa (R) advanced past the blanket primary on June 5, 2012, defeating Nathan Arrowsmith (D), Samuel Aanestad (R), Gregory Cheadle (R), Michael Dacquisto (R), Pete Stiglich (R) and Gary Allen Oxley (Ind). Reed was defeated by La Malfa in the general election on November 6, 2012.[7][8]

U.S. House, California District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug La Malfa 57.4% 168,827
     Democratic Jim Reed 42.6% 125,386
Total Votes 294,213
Source: California Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Reed's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Reed did not win election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Reed's campaign committee raised a total of $178,730 and spent $178,979.[9]



In 2014, Reed's endorsements included the following:[10]

  • California Democratic Party
  • California Labor Federation
  • California Teachers Association
  • California Teamsters Public Affairs Council
  • Planned Parenthood Shasta Pacific Action Fund Board
  • Five Counties Labor Counsel
  • Mid-Valley Building and Construction Trades Council
  • Marysville Central Labor Council
  • Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 104
  • Ricky Samayoa - mayor of Marysville
  • Katrina Cantrell - President of Northstate Women's Health Network
  • Christina Billeci - former Marysville City Council
  • Stephen S. Carlton - Shasta County District Attorney


Reed practices law with his wife, attorney Carol Veres Reed. They have two grown children, Brooke and Dustin.[11][12][13]

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