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An experienced public servant with over  8 years of experience, Andre Sandford understands the needs of his community and will work to make an impact in public safety, education, & economic development that will make District 18 a great place to live, work & raise your family. A vote for Andre Sandford is a vote for change.

ANDRE SANDFORD

VOTE     
FOR CHANGE IN DISTRICT 18
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MEET ANDRE

Hello, I'm Andre Sandford
With over eight years of social services and leadership experience, I am passionate about giving back to the community and providing services to the most vulnerable. Also, I have a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a Master of Behavioral Sciences from Jacksonville State University. I am a Program Manager for Housing and Homelessness Prevention for a non-profit in San Francisco. Recently, my family and I experienced a traumatic incident in Oakland with our one-year-old son. This event inspired me to start a conversation about safety and create positive change in District 18.

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MY VISION
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LIST OF ISSUES

PUBLIC SAFETY

I am committed to making District 18 a safer place to live, work, and raise a family. Through my experience in public service, I will address public safety issues. California leads the nation with a crime rate of 24% higher than the national average. According to the PPIC, "California's Violent crime rate is Diverging from the National Trend, due mainly to a 25% increase in aggravated assaults from 2019 to 2022. Even though our crime rate is high, state officials continue to prevent citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right to bear arms. Once elected, I will ensure that citizens can lawfully defend themselves from individuals trying to harm them and their families. I want to restore funding to policing and ensure officers have all the tools and training they need to protect California citizens. Also, I plan to recruit and increase all police departments across the state by creating a police cadet program for high school students to encourage them to enter the police academy. The police cadet program will also ensure that cities have a police officer who lives within their town and knows the community. 

With all the school shootings, my biggest fear is that one day, I receive a call that my wife's school has an active shooter. That is why, once elected, I plan to create policies to ensure that all schools have one armed police officer on duty to protect our most vulnerable (children and teachers). Finally, I plan to work with business owners to create a private green light camera project throughout the state. This project will be funded by companies that will stream a live camera from the company to the police headquarters. The cameras will provide deterrence from robberies and footage so that criminals can be prosecuted. 

I plan to work with the public safety committee to ensure that sentences are fair, regardless of race or gender. Ensuring reasonable punishment will allow citizens to trust the public safety system. 

I plan to review 50% of all prisons in California and work to transition the prison system to a Switzerland prison model. Prison should be safe and trauma-informed, and education programs, federal wage employment, and safe food. Individuals should not be in a hyper ghetto and placed in a concentration camp and be expected to be rehabilitated. The public safety department is attempting to rehabilitate inmates after they return to prison. To indeed decrease inmates from returning to prison, we must provide rehabilitation while they are in jail. 

Project Impact

Many Californians have experienced their loved ones spending countless years incarcerated only to return home without any savings, skills, or housing. Project Impact will allow incarcerated individuals to be employed by a California farm with federal wages. The wages that the individuals obtain will enable them to provide 40% of their wages to their family (children and husband/wife) to continue the standard of living during the time of the individual's incarceration. Also, the individual must save 20% of their earnings (which will ensure they can come home with savings and obtain housing, a vehicle, and food). Finally, Project Impact will allow individuals to return to society with skills to utilize and support the community and empower themselves. 

​EDUCATION

Education is a top priority for me. I will work to improve our schools by increasing funding to ensure that every student has access to a quality education. I plan to write an Assembly bill that will allocate class sizes of 15-17 students per class and teachers' salaries of 100K per year. The bill will help students succeed and prepare them for the future workforce. Also, I will write an Assembly Bill to create a state-funded HBCU due to the lack of black students in State-funded California Colleges and Universities.

Due to the lack of employment and living wage employment for young adults in California, I plan to draft an Assembly bill

to bring back vocational training programs ( plumbing, carpentry, CNA, cosmetology, IT, Policing, and firefighters) within all California high schools. The bill will partner with local companies in the surrounding school area to provide employment training to our high school youth; we are sure to increase the wages of the young adult workforce in the future. 

On my first day in office, I will assemble a bill that will drive a no-state income tax for all educational workers due to the failure of our state government to provide fair wages for teachers.

Finally, I promise to put our children first and always remember to allocate the appropriate funding to our children.  


Housing

Affordable housing is a fundamental human right. I will write an Assembly bill to fund 1% - 2% permanent housing downpayment assistance on my first day. This downpayment assistance will be a low barrier and designed to ensure that the most vulnerable have the right to housing and wealth building. 

I will fight to continue ERAP (Emergency Rental Assistance Program) funding for California residents. 

I will work to eliminate SB423, which takes away the power from cities to determine the allocation of affordable housing. City officials and the citizens of each city should determine the allocation of affordable housing projects within their city. More than 10% allocation of affordable housing is needed to solve the housing crisis in California, and we need bold members of the assembly like me who will fight for housing for all. 

REPARATIONS
I believe that due to enslavement, Jim Crow laws, segregation, police brutality, public bombings of cities, public lynching, underfunding of black schools, redlining, and many more countless atrocities that Black Americans endured are long overdue for repayment in the form of cash payment, land, student loan forgiveness/ free college education, and housing. I plan to fight tirelessly to draft an Assembly bill to do what is right and start the healing process for Black Americans in California. 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
District 18 small businesses have been experiencing a significant decrease in revenue due to theft and other increased crime activity. I plan to listen and work with small business owners to ensure their voices are heard and to make our district safe for all to shop, dine, and engage in our district's nightlife. Also, I plan to write a policy to cut payroll taxes in half to prevent the remaining companies from leaving California. Also, I will continue to advocate and fight for the Taxpayer Protection Act to ensure California citizens have a vote regarding taxes. 

I oppose CA ACA 13 and believe that our State Assembly members have failed us by voting yes to pass ACA 13. This policy will allow the state to raise taxes without allowing the people to have a voice. I will fight to prevent our leaders from keeping the people involved in democracy. 

GET INVOLVED

Donate to Andre Sandford for State Assembly District 18

I am running for State Assembly District 18 due to me and my

family being assaulted by criminals in our district.

I am running to make District 18 safe once again. Your donation will help

me create a safer community for everyone. Thank you for your support.

HOST A COMMUNITY 
SAFETY MEETING

As a concerned citizen of District 18, creating a safer community for our families and loved ones is essential. Hosting a community safety meeting is a great way to come together and discuss ways to improve our district's safety. Contact me to schedule a meeting in your neighborhood.

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CAMPAIGN TEAM

We need volunteers to help spread the message of safety and change in District 18. Whether you can help with phone banking, door-to-door canvassing, or hosting a fundraising event, we would love to have you on our team. Contact us to learn more about volunteer opportunities.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY

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