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California State SenateCandidate for District 7

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Joseph Alexander Rubay

135,122 votes (33.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Restore fiscal responsibility and balance budgets to our state government.
  • Restore strong economic growth and increase job opportunities.
  • Restore our educational system to its leadership position in our country.



Profession:Businessman, Real Estate
Board Member, Alamo Improvement Association — Elected position (2009–current)
Alternate Board Member, Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee — Appointed position (2013–current)
Board Member, Contra Costa Fair Board — Appointed position (2005–2010)
National Director, Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance — Appointed position (2004–2008)


Cal State East Bay Bachelor of Science , Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting and the Management of Information Systems. (1981)


I am a graduate of Cal State East Bay with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Adminstration with an emphasis in Accounting.    I started my professional career with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young in San Francisco, CA.   For the past 25 years I have been a partner with my brother Kenneth,  in our Real Estate Appraising and Investment firm,  Rubay & Rubay Real Estate Appraisers, San Ramon, CA. 

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Joseph Alexander Rubay:

Expand the Los Vaqueros Reservoir in eastern Contra Costa County (Located in State Senate District 7).    I support this project 100 %.   It has great benifits to the states water shortage problems and has minimal effects on the enviroment.   

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending? 
Answer from Joseph Alexander Rubay:

1.  Schools,  Elementary through State Univerities.    Our education system is our best investment in our future. 

2.  Roads ,  Highways and Bridges, must be made safe and ready for the future growth of our state. 

3.  Water  storage and securing the Delta levees.    Expanding Los Vaqueros Reservoir.


If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in the Bay Area?
Answer from Joseph Alexander Rubay:

 Repeal of the  Renewable Energy Mandates,  that mandate some percent of the state's electricty be generated from renewable sourecs .  Since most  renewable energy sources are not at this time cost effective, the result is higher prices for consumers.   Overall the state should strive to reduce regulation and promote competition.  

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 
Answer from Joseph Alexander Rubay:

No,  I do not support increasing the minium wage.    The government should not impose wage hikes on the free market.    As wages are forced to be increased ,  businesses will hire less people and rely more on automation.    Increasing the minimum wage also increases the cost of goods and services which increases everyone's cost of living.   

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?
Answer from Joseph Alexander Rubay:

We should insist on complete tansparency regarding the funding of campaings.    We should work to elimante outside spending committes ( PACs) or at least shine a bright light on their activities. 

What steps are needed to improve region-wide transportation planning and the growing traffic congestion?
Answer from Joseph Alexander Rubay:

Encouraging,  approving and planning for the establishment of more "Satellite Offices" both for employers and service providers like doctors, dentists, lawyers and accountants. 

When employers and service providers are closer to where people live, then people can make use of other forms of transportation, like GEM vehicles (small electric vehicles), electric scooters (i.e. GenZe scooter) and bicylces. 

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $10,386

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Employees of RUBAY, JOSEPH A.
Employees of Veeva
California Trailblazers
Republican Club of Rossmoor
Employees of Danville Smiles
Employees of Meritage Homes

More information about contributions

By State:

California 99.01%
Florida 0.99%

By Size:

Large contributions (97.15%)
Small contributions (2.85%)

By Type:

From organizations (5.75%)
From individuals (94.25%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philiosophy can be summed up as the following :   Fiscally conservative and socially moderate.   I think the smaller the government the better the government.    

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