Who is Dan Schnur and Why Should We Care? (Mar. 13, 2013)


It’s not high profile so it may not seem like it, but California’s Secretary of State is an awfully important office.

The Secretary of State office (SOS for short) is responsible for running elections and making sure they are fair and honest, encouraging our citizens to vote and be educated on the issues and candidates, and ensuring public visibility to campaign contributions to politicians and lobbyist spending.

This office desperately needs a genuine reformer, someone who will crack down on politicians who aren’t following the law, keep the public informed and hold state government accountable. We need someone who has proven they care about making sure young people and underrepresented communities vote and participate in our government.

Which begs the question – why is this a partisan office? If the primary job is to ensure fair elections and unencumbered access to vote, why should the office be held by a partisan politician?

There was an article in last week’s LA Times about a bill to make this a non-partisan office. What a great idea. But we don’t have to wait for the legislature to act. For the first time, a credible NPP/Independent candidate is running for CA’s Secretary of State.

I’ve known Dan Schnur for years and he has the toughness, the smarts and the integrity for the job. Dan is a No Party Preference (NPP) candidate – which means he’s an Independent who isn’t beholden to the political bosses of either major party.

Dan Schnur is an educator, not a politician. He serves as Director of the prestigious Unruh Institute at the University of Southern California, where he is known as a powerful motivator of young people of all political persuasions to become involved in their government.

Dan is also a proven and experienced political reformer. He was appointed to serve as Chairman of the California Political Practices Commission (FPPC), the state’s watchdog agency, where he put bite and not just bark into the FPPC’s actions against politicians and lobbyists who broke the law. He implemented groundbreaking and strong new public disclosure requirements for political committees.

All of these reasons are why I’m enthusiastically supporting Dan Schnur for Secretary of State. But don’t take my word for it. Read up on Dan at www.4schnur.com for yourself. I hope you’ll agree.

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