Assembly candidate Brian Caples wants voters' input
Folsom resident Brian Caples, a candidate for California State Assembly District 6, wants voters to tell him what to do.
Caples, a Democrat, will face Republican Kevin Kiley in the Nov. 8 general election.
Specifically, he wants voters to use the Suggest-a-Bill function of his website to suggest legislation they would like him to author. His website is www.caplesforassembly.com
“I want to work on things that are important to my constituents,” Caples told The Lincoln News Messenger. “The suggest-a-bill function on website is a great opportunity for people to get re-engaged. Literally, I want people to tell me what to do.”
Caples said lobbyists get to submit bills to legislators and the voters should be able to as well. He implemented the program to address the lack of voter participation in the legislative process.
“Voter apathy is a major issue in California,” Caples said. “People feel that the government no longer works for them. We have so many great minds and intelligent people in California? Why shouldn’t we try and see what good ideas might be out there?”
Caples said he is more concerned with improving the lives of Assembly District 6 residents than with partisan politics.
“I want to focus on quality of life concerns rather than party disputes. I will not be authoring legislation in those areas,” Caples said. “I will focus on jobs, education and transportation; non-partisan human issues rather than polarizing issues. I want to bring people together rather than divide.”
Caples added he is not an obstructionist.
“The role is not to obstruct or block assembly members. For me, it’s about finding ways to work together,” Caples said. “We don’t need any more gridlock; it’s counter-productive. I feel I can work together with Republicans and Democrats. My job is to represent and a major part of my district are Republicans. I have to subjugate some of my personal feelings; the job is to represent the entirety of District 6, not necessarily myself or my interests.”
And Caples said he has the mindset and tools to get things done in the Assembly.
“Regardless of party, people are concerned about what you will do and the opportunities you have to accomplish it. No legislator can do anything alone,” Caples said. “Lofty goals and grandiose proposals make me chuckle; nothing happens in the State Assembly without a majority vote. It’s important to recognize you have to build necessary relationships to get things done in the Assembly.”
Caples said he has worked to build relationships with both Democrats and Republicans.
“I have communicated with various assembly leaders in the area as well as the speaker, who has endorsed my campaign,” Caples said. “I have an understanding with many members and that will translate to positive results. I will be ready to work on day 1.”
“The Gaines family has never made much progress with being able to work with the other side of the aisle,” Caples added. “I don’t necessarily agree with partisan games – you have to be able to find a middle ground to get work done. And I don’t see that done by past members.”
Caples said he understands he will have to “earn every vote” in Placer County.
“The numbers don’t really line up in our favor but I believe people are willing to try something new,” Caples said. “People are tired of the same things being done over and over; maybe it’s not a problem with government but who the representatives are at the state level.”
The Sixth Assembly District is made up of Placer County, 77.5 percent; El Dorado County, 34.1 percent and Sacramento County, 9.7 percent. Placer County communities in the Sixth Assembly District include Lincoln, Loomis, Granite Bay, Roseville and Rocklin.
According to the California Secretary of State’s Office, the Sixth Assembly District is made up of 46.38 percent Republicans; 27.63 percent Democrats and 3.24 percent other parties. Voter registration in Placer County, according to the Secretary of State’s Office, is made up of 27.34 percent Democrat and 45.95 percent Republican.