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https://progressivevotersguide.com/california/2022/primary/david-dodson?search=David+Dodson David Dodson Elect David Dodson to the Board of Equalization to keep California on the right track for progress.

The Position
The California Board of Equalization is composed of four members elected by popular vote to represent individual districts within the state. It is the only elected tax board in the country. The state controller serves in an at-large capacity as the 5th member. The board of equalization is responsible for managing taxation in the state, including in the areas of property, alcoholic beverage, and insurance. This includes oversight of valuation assessments on public utility and railroad property, mapping and assigning tax rates to geographic areas in the state, conducting assessment surveys and compliance audits, and administering tax exemptions. In California, board members meet each month in Sacramento to execute their duties of oversight, policy setting, and regulation to guide the work of the appointed executive director and board of equalization staff.
Board members are elected to four-year terms in office and cannot serve more than two terms.

The District
California’s 4th Board of Equalization district contains portions of San Diego, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties. California is the most populous state in the United States, and includes 58 counties and 331 million residents, with District 4 including approximately 10 million Californians. The demographic breakdown of the total residential population is 39% Latino, 16% Asian, and 7% Black. Of the 22 million registered voters in the state, 47% are Democrat, 24% are Republican, and 23% have no party preference. The most recent election results show that California voted for Joe Biden for president in 2020 by 29 points.

The Race
District 4 is currently represented by incumbent Democrat Mike Schaefer, who is running for reelection. Board member Schaefer has been disbarred in both California and Nevada, was convicted of spousal abuse in 1993, and was successfully sued for being a slumlord in Los Angeles in the 1980s. In addition, his campaign dishonestly indicated that he had received 2022 endorsements from Gov. Gavin Newsom and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis, although neither has formally endorsed his candidacy.
There are seven candidates running for this seat, including Democrat David Dodson, incumbent Democrat Mike Schaefer, and Republican Denis Bilodeau. Dodson’s campaign has raised $2,000 and is not funded by police, real estate, fossil fuel, or corporate PAC donors. Board Member Schaefer’s campaign has raised $127,000 and is entirely self-funded. Bilodeau’s campaign has raised $31,000 and has received donations from real estate interests.

The Recommendation
David Dodson, a property tax appraiser, lives in Dana Point. According to campaign materials, he is running for election to leverage his unique tax expertise to serve the community and to guide board decisions that center constituents. He ran for this seat in 2018, but lost in the primary after earning only 15% of the vote.
Dodson has spent his 30-year career working in property tax appraisal. He w orked for the Los Angeles County assessor, and now leads the Southern California office of the board of equalization. He cites this work as having allowed him to develop a strong expertise of this specialized field, and a particular understanding of the changes needed to make the system work for all taxpayers in the state. Over the course of his career, he has developed a deep network of colleagues with whom he could liaise as a member of the board of equalization. Dodson is a longtime union member, and has supported union lobbying efforts throughout his career.
Dodson is endorsed by some progressive groups in the state, including Progressive Democrats of California. He has also received the endorsement of some local political leaders. Based on our analysis, Dodson’s track record and professional knowledge demonstrate that he will be a progressive leader for the constituents of District 4 and will govern effectively in the best interest of this diverse district.
Last updated: 2022-06-01

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