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9th Assembly District C.T. Weber, Peace and Freedom Party

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C.T. Weber

Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 8:20 am, Sat May 26, 2012.

Since 1967, south Sacramento resident C.T. Weber has been registered as a third-party member and continuously fought for issues he feels are not being raised by the Democratic or Republican parties.

Many of the candidates say jobs are the top priority, but he said both parties have contributed to the bleak economic situation.

"Both Democrats and Republicans have switched the taxes from corporations and the rich over to the working class and poor people. We think if the super-rich would pay their fair share, the budget would be balanced," he said.

Weber said he would like to see a split roll tax, where commercial properties would have their property taxes increase at a higher rate than residential properties.

To reduce the state budget, Weber also recommended decreasing the number of people in prison for non-violent drug offenses.

"If they were put into a program outside of the prison system, it would save millions of dollars," he said.

One of the other main causes his party supports is state funding of elections to give all candidates a more even starting point.

"It would really open up the system. If we had a system that was fair and open, all four of our alternative parties would have members in the Assembly and Congress," he said.

Weber has been to Lodi to go winetasting, and said he imagines that agriculture issues are the top priority for the area.

In the past, Weber participated in acts of civil disobedience when necessary, and has been arrested for protesting education cuts and advocating for improved accessibility for those in wheelchairs.

"When I analyze an issue, I do it from an economic and social justice point of view, and if it helps the working class people or hurts them," he said.

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