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Assembly candidate champions employees

As a child, Scott Warren caught his first fish at Trout Creek. Now he wants to represent the State Assembly District that the creek flows through.

Warren, 45, of Lincoln, Calif., tracks production efficiency at Hewlett-Packard as a business analyst. If elected to represent the Fourth District, he says he would work to redistribute the wealth created by Californians. He faces incumbent Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City, for the assembly seat.

“The indications are that ordinary people are getting the short end of the stick,” Warren said. “I think as I studied economics … I became aware we have some distributional issues in this country. About 80 percent of the population has a stagnant income or have fallen behind even though the productivity of labor increased dramatically.”

His answers to the problem: restore the purchasing power of the minimum wage (adjusted for inflation it should be $8.40) and restore the balance of power between employers and employees.

Warren moved from San Jose to Sacramento in 1988 in search of an affordable home to buy. At night, he attended California State University, Sacramento, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1990 and a master’s degree in economics in 1998.

Warren’s only other foray into politics came when he ran for a seat on the Lincoln County School Board in 1998.

Currently, he is chair of the Placer County Democratic Club and a member of the Placer County Democratic Central Committee. Warren also serves as an elder at the Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church. He said he believes ethics should be taught in schools.

“I think it’s important to have an ethical society for us to remain a democracy,” Warren said. “But a line has to be drawn between civil ethics and religious ethics. The government doesn’t need to impose (its) beliefs on anyone. The Republican party imposing religious beliefs is one of the goals they have.”

Warren also wants to see health care for every citizen, make prescription drugs more affordable, set minimum standards for paid vacation and stop the permanent use of temporary employees.

At Tahoe, Warren said he likes the idea of its regional planning and can see a strong connection between protecting the environment and the economy.

“People realize most jobs up there depend on recreation and gaming,” he said. “I think in order to ensure that people are spending their vacation dollars in that region, you have to maintain its scenic character.”

— Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at

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