Business Owner Jay Obernolte Announces Bid For 33rd Assembly District

Prepared to bring a business approach to Sacramento


Big Bear Lake…On the first day candidates for the legislature may file their declaration of candidacy with the Secretary of State, Republican business owner and Mayor of Big Bear Lake Jay Obernolte announced his candidacy for the 33rd Assembly District.

 “I’m running for the State Assembly because I believe our government in Sacramento is dysfunctional and that it’s time to bring a business approach to solve the serious issues facing our economy.  More importantly, I’m running because too many of our neighbors remain out of work and those that are working face higher taxes to pay for our state’s out-of-control spending.  

 For the first time in years, a combination of slow economic recovery and higher taxes has resulted in a state budget surplus.  Unfortunately, it’s clear our state government plans to squander this surplus by increasing spending on programs that do nothing to create new jobs in our community.  I feel this is extremely irresponsible.  We need to put our fiscal house in order by paying down our debt and establish a rainy day fund to guard against future economic downturns.

 I don’t have all the answers, but I’ve built a successful business that employs good people and I’ve made a positive impact as Mayor.  Over the next few months I plan to share my conservative economic ideas to create jobs, eliminate wasteful government spending, and protect taxpayers.  My hope is that these ideas can bring people together as one voice for our region in the fight for lower taxes and to reform our dysfunctional state government,” said Obernolte.

 Jay Obernolte founded FarSight Studios in his dorm room at Caltech and over 25 years has grown it into one of California’s most innovative videogame developers.  Today FarSight employs 25 local residents and develops videogame technology for Sony, Microsoft, Google, and Apple. 

 Many of his constituents feel that Jay has done an excellent job as Big Bear Lake’s conservative Mayor.  Jay is in his ninth year of elected office and was first elected to the Big Bear Lake City Council in 2010.  Jay is currently serving his second term as Mayor.  Jay also serves as a Director on the Big Bear Lake Fire Protection Board and sits on the Big Bear Fire Authority.  Regionally, Jay has served as a Director on the Mojave Desert and Mountain Integrated Waste JPA Board, the Mountain Area Regional Transit Authority Board, and on the League of California Cities Desert-Mountain Division.

 Jay and his wife Heather have been married for 17 years, and together they are raising sons Hale and Troy.


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