About the Author: Mike Stoker
Mike Stoker is an attorney whose practice emphasizes land use, government, and business law. Stoker served on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors from 1986-1994. In 1992 he was named “Most Valuable Public Official in County Government in America” by Governing Magazine. Stoker was chosen out of 17,532 potential recipients. In 1993 Governor Wilson and Speaker Willie Brown asked Stoker to be one of two California County Supervisors to testify before the California Economic Summit where he provided testimony regarding what California should do streamline and cut waste in government. Mr. Stoker served as the Majority Counsel to the Republican Party in Congress where he was assigned to the Government Reform & Oversight Committee. In June of 1995 Stoker was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, Chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board where he served until 2000. Stoker also serves on the Agricultural Advisory Board to Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mr. Jack O’Connell. In 2000, California Secretary of State Bill Jones named Stoker Deputy Secretary of State where he served until January 2003. Stoker currently serves on a consulting basis as the District Director in Santa Barbara County for State Senator Tony Strickland. Stoker has also served as Chairman of the Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District, Chairman of the Santa Barbara Association of Governments, Chairman of the Santa Barbara County Water Agency and Flood Control District board. And he has served on the Southern California Hazardous Waste Management Board. Stoker serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart Association, The Boys Club of America, the Chamber of Commerce, the UCSB General Affiliates, the Marian Hospital Foundation Board, fundraising Co-Chair for Northern Santa Barbara County United Way, Good Samaritan Homeless Shelter, the American Red Cross (Santa Barbara County Chapter), Coastal Business Finance Corporation, Young America Foundation, Santa Barbara Industrial Association, the Santa Barbara Taxpayers Association, Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, Fighting Back Public Policy Task Force, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), and the Los Padres Council of the Boy Scouts of America Stoker is also an Eagle Scout. Stoker received his undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley where he graduated Magna Cum Laude, and he received his Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) where he graduated with high honors and participated in the Scott Moot Court honors program. Mike also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Southern California Institute of Law where he also teaches law school classes in land use, real property and government law. Mike resides in Carpinteria, California. Mike has a son, Brandon, 26, and a daughter, Courtlin, 24. I have always supported the Open Primary system both at the ballot box and in public speaking engagements and written op-eds in the local newspapers. I strongly believe that an Open Primary over a couple of election cycles will lead to more mainstream Republicans, Democrats and Declined to States getting elected who will be more pro-business, pro-pension reform and pro-budget reform which will be a huge advantage to moving California forward and breaking the current grid lock creating a dysfunctional state government. I am also the only candidate supporting Democrat Governor Jerry Brown's Pension Reform proposal. My two Democrat opponents are opposed. I look forward to working in a bi-partisan way with the Governor to pass Pension Reform. I am the only candidate focusing on Budget Reform and Regulatory Reform to help make California more business friendly. My opponents want to spend their time talking about "special interests" and "campaign contributions." So much is at stake for California in this election. I think all voters, but especially those that have chosen "No Party Preference" or are undecided want a real discussion of the real issues and offering up some real solutions to move California forward. I have done just that since the day I announced my candidacy and will continue talking about the issues the voters care about until Election Day.