After two failed election bids for the Board of Equalization and a failed Congressional run, Tom Santos said he is counting on name recognition to get him elected to the new Assembly seat.
"With a new open primary system and with the Elk Grove district being a new district, I decided to re-engage in politics and participate in this election season again and see how I do," Santos said.
Santos' main focus will be on creating more jobs through tax reforms to encourage small businesses to expand or move to California.
"I see the frustration that small businesses are concerned with in terms of regulations and trying to alleviate their financial situations," he said.
One thing that will not work when dealing with the budget is raising income taxes on the rich, says the former tax consultant, because an income tax increase will only give the wealthy more incentive to find deductions.
Instead, he would like to see taxes increase on the items that they buy. He would like to raise the sales tax on single-purchase items of more than $25,000 and set aside the money for education or health care.
"You should be able to earn as much as you can, but we should be taxing you on how you spend it," Santos said.
He decided to run because he has lived in Elk Grove for a long time, and feels like he has become familiar with the issues from talking to constituents during past elections.
While he has not been to Lodi much recently, he visited frequently when he was campaigning. He wants to work with farmers to see what issues need to be addressed in Lodi, and will focus on increasing exports of California goods.
"I would like to create some type of relationship with other countries to expand the exportation of products grown and produced in Lodi," Santos said.