State Assemblyman Obernolte is a front-runner to win a seat in this district, which opened up when Paul Cook retired.
Obernolte has a bad voting record as an Assemblyman.
Holds office State Assembly District 33
Candidate in race for U.S. House District 8
In 2018, he voted against AB 1793, to expunge past marijuana convictions and also voted against bills to allow for cannabis compassion programs, veterinarians to recommend cannabis, and schoolchildren to use medical marijuana. He did vote yes on a bill (AB2020) to expand places where cannabis events can be held, and was absent for a vote on a resolution to the federal government to allow state-legal cannabis programs (AJR 27). Again in 2019 he voted against cannabis compassion programs for needy patients (SB 34).
The district is the state’s largest and historically one of its most conservative: In 2016, President Donald Trump won here by more than 15 percentage points. In 2018, it was California’s only congressional district where two Republicans — and no Democrat — advanced from the top-two primary election to the November ballot and spent campaign season fighting over who was more aligned with the president.
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