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This past December, I was sworn in for my 3rd and final term in the California State Assembly. As a result of term limits, I won’t be able to run again for the 71st Assembly District.

Serving as an Assemblymember has been the honor of a lifetime, and I’m proud of what I’ve been able to accomplish so far in Sacramento.

Yet, as so often happens in life, when one door closes, another one opens.

In 2018, the current State Senator representing the 38th District, Joel Anderson, will also be termed out. It’s my intention to run for that open Senate seat at that time – or sooner, if it becomes available before then.

I’ve already opened a campaign committee, Jones for Senate 2018, and I’m aiming to lock down local support early.

As an Assemblymember, I’ve been a conservative voice for this district. My voting record shows that I’m a strong fiscal conservative and advocate for a smaller, more responsible government.

In addition, I’ve been an outspoken supporter of the 2nd Amendment, our constitution, and free-market principles.

As a State Senator, I will continue to be the conservative voice this district deserves.

I hope you’ll consider becoming one of my early endorsers or an initial financial contributor. Your early support means a great deal to me and can have a strong impact on our campaign.

I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving our state.

Sincerely,

Brian W. Jones

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  1. Just goes to show, once their snouts are buried in the public trough, it’s almost impossible to get them out.
    Maybe term limits aren’t enough. Maybe politicians should be banished to faraway lands–outer Mongolia, or some such–once their terms are up.

  2. Ohh, please. Brian Brady lacks any critical analysis, blinded by conservative ideology that died 100 years ago. What has Jones accomplished in his three terms in the assembly besides collecting his pay check and spewing public policy ideas that will never get implemented for CA? Jones is more useless than Justin Bieber. People like Jones and Brady are holding the party back from modernization…

  3. I’ll believe that Brian is holding the party back from modernization when he stops fighting so passionately for things like digital freedom, privacy, and the end to over-criminalization. Brian is, in essence, the modern GOP.

  4. Anyone else waiting on Alistair to show us what critical analysis looks like? Or what he/she thinks a Modern GOP that is a distinct difference from the Democrats should look like?

  5. Alistair’s first comment yesterday was something about Republicans wanting to take us back to Jim Crow. There was no thought or solid argument, much less any critical analysis, behind it. It was simply tossed out there, an allegation smacking of racism against an individual. We think his feelings were hurt when we rejected it. He was more “nuanced” with this one, even implying he’d care to see the GOP modernize, as if he’s a Republican himself. Trolls are easily recognized by the critical thinkers who read Rostra.

  6. At the current perceptions, attitudes, and demographics in the state of CA, the GOP cannot simply remain complacent in hoping to win power at the state level and statewide races. We have top two run off elections in the state; lurching to the right for votes will not win you elections in a two horse race. It would be advantageous to reach the median voter on the bell curve by shifting to the center ground. It’s nice to talk about libertarian principles like de-criminalization of crime and personal freedom to make choices… wait women can not choose to have a abortion because is social conservatives. Has anyone read the libertarian party platform. No. They are for open border– free movement of goods, services, and people. But that goes against the grain of the GOP conservatives. Elites group with hypocrites. The party needs to shift to the center, get rid of the social conservatives, be laissez faire pro business, but a hint of regulation and comfortable with social democracy — a Rockefeller Republican in this state could win elections. No one has answered my question what Jones has accomplished in the assembly. Spare me the conservative diatribe.

  7. Alistair makes excellent points…for a statewide election. But there are 80 Californias in the Assembly, each with a population just smaller than the size of Wyoming or Vermont. There are 40 Californias in the State Senate, each with a population the size of Delaware or Montana.

    Let’s look at Brian Jones’ “California”:

    1- It has a +14 Republican registration advantage.
    2- Most of the District’s population is in San Diego County: Fallbrook, Rancho Santa Fe, San Marcos, Escondido, Poway, Santee, La Mesa, El Cajon, Lemon Grove, and Alpine.
    3- These voters consistently choose conservative candidates.

    “Moving to the middle” would be not only bad politics but a missed opportunity for those of us who think the “conservative ideology that died 100 years ago” is still relevant today.

    Run a moderate in Ben Hueso’s District but passing on Jones, in the 38th, is a missed opportunity for conservatives AND libertarians.

    Jones’ achievements are substantive:
    1- Appellate judges have to provide written reasons for their decisions
    2- Expanded individual opportunities in the home health care industry and respiratory care
    3- Passed legislation which prohibits graft paid to High Speed Rail Authority members (vetoed by Brown)
    4- Passed legislation which facilitates claims for easement maintenance on private property.

    This is from a member of the minority party. I’d say that Jones has accomplished quite a bit

  8. Alistair – for conservatives elections are the means, not the ends. We have little interest in winning elections if the only result is collaboration with dems in facilitating the state’s decline. The political elites of both parties would love for us to go back in time to when the parties were indistinguishable because that makes it more difficult to hold anyone accountable for the state’s shortcomings. Most of us believe in conservative principles because we believe those principles maximize prosperity for everyone. The current CA electorate may feel otherwise. They should be given a chance to evaluate the policy results of those choices on there merits.

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