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San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara County, CA November 2, 2004 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Tom Hutchings

Candidate for
Member of the State Assembly; District 33

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Tom Hutchings is, perhaps, the most interesting individual to run for elected office. Using his skills in building collaborations, he has the following goals when he goes to Sacramento:

Balance the budget responsibly, and not on the backs of our more vulnerable Californians. Healthcare for all. Reduced college fees and fully funded public education. Workers Compensation reform. Protection of the environment. Supporting organized labor.

To see Tom's support, visit the endorsement page and see how many organizations and impressive individuals are supporting Tom and growing with the Green Party!

Hutchings' background provides a sound foundation for balanced and practical political action. He is passionate about his commitment and his candidacy is fueled by an indignation of the two major parties that refuse to represent the people. Hutchings believes the legislature has emasculated itself and Sacramento has become nothing more than a corporate-controlled voting machine. His decision to run for the 33rd Assembly District as a Green reflects a background of working to improve people's lives and of his commitment to the community, not corporations.

Hutchings served this nation proudly. He is a highly decorated veteran of the American War in Vietnam and, as a California Army National Guard officer, was decorated for his outstanding military leadership. He has been in public service almost his entire life as a police officer, deputy sheriff and is now a retired California Peace Officer.

Hutchings' public service includes a stint on the City Council in Hemet, two-term member of the Paso Robles Library Board of Trustees, current second-term member of the San Luis Obispo City Human Relations Commission, and he works as a benefits counselor with a non-government service organization assisting persons with HIV/AIDS.

His education includes a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts degree in Education and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in humanities. Hutchings is very pragmatic about politics. He believes public officials should adhere to the phrase, "Government shall do no harm."

Does Hutchings have personal concerns about running for the Assembly? "Absolutely not," Hutchings says. "Politics needs to be about honestly representing the best interests of the people. We have seen nothing more than the selfish antics of the Republican and Democratic Parties holding California hostage. Each party promises that if we elect them, our lives will improve. How gullible can we continue to be in believing that? As a people, we need to retake our democracy and wrest it from the hands of the corporations. Everyone knows it is big business that runs this state and our country. Everyone should be mad as hell and shouldn't take it any longer," Hutchings states, borrowing the well-known phrase from the movie "Network."

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