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Dublin School Board Member Runs for State Assembly in Newly Formed 16th District

In an interview, David Haubert said if elected, his priorities would be high-paying jobs, better use of tax dollars and more funding for education.

Dublin Patch recently spoke with Dublin Unified School District School Board member David Haubert about his bid to unseat Democrat in the state Assembly's newly formed 16th District, which includes Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton and stretches to the north to include San Ramon, Danville, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda and Moraga. 

The longtime Dublin resident, a Republican, has served for nine years on the school board. Though he faces challenges if elected, the former school board president is optimistic that he's the right man for the job. 

Patch: What are your reasons for running for the California State Assembly?

I feel that my skills, experience and education make me the best candidate for the state Assembly. I have a proven track record of success as a leader on the Dublin School Board, I have an MBA from UCLA, one of the highest-rated universities in the country, and I have over 20 years of business experience, so I know how to manage funds and get the highest return for our tax dollars.

Patch: You've had success in your efforts to improve the public school system in Dublin. How has your work here prepared you for this possible future role?

Working on the Dublin School Board has taught me how to see all sides of an issue and to arrive at the right solution to best serve the community as a whole.  It has also taught me how to ask the right questions and to seek out the most accurate and useful information. 

Patch: What new direction do you plan to take if elected?

California is definitely headed in the wrong direction. We drive away too many highly paid jobs to other states, we waste too many tax dollars, we under fund education, and our state legislators have proven they are incapable of making good decisions. I would hope to turn each of these around.

Patch: Do you have a specific issue/s that you plan to shine the spotlight on?

I stand for retaining and attracting high-paying jobs, requiring more accountability when budgeting tax dollars toward projects and for fully funding education.

Patch: What do you think your greatest challenge will be?

I don’t think I will have as many challenges as some people might think. I feel I am very skilled at striving for clarity and calling out what works well and what doesn’t. One of our biggest problems is that Sacramento politicians focus too much on making the other side look bad. In the end, the biggest challenge will be to shed the light on all the poor decisions that are being made in a fair and equitable way. Publications like Patch can help overcome this.

Patch: Do you have a personal motto or philosophy?

I like the motto, “Always do the right thing, even when nobody is watching." I wish everyone in Sacramento would adopt this.

Patch: Lastly, why do you think you're the right man for the job?

I know I am the best candidate for this position for all the reasons I have stated above. I would add that I desperately want what all Californians want, which is to return to the time and age when California had a stronger economy and was a better place to live. I wish this not only for me and my young family but for all Californians and their families so they can enjoy a better quality of life that California once had.

Stephen Beyer October 28, 2011 at 03:54 PM
This is a fantastic update to Dave's campaign progress. Our community has experienced Dave's no-nonsense approach to education and has benefited greatly from it. I'm certain the 16th District will benefit greatly from his experience and integrity. The Beyer Family
Mallory West October 28, 2011 at 04:55 PM
This article gives me hope for the bay area. After re-districting I was concerned that we would be left without decent representation, but if we can get David elected we will finally have a voice in Sacramento. What a candidate!
James Morehead October 29, 2011 at 01:17 AM
David is one of the first people I met when we moved to Dublin back in 2000. We've worked together successfully on several important issues facing the City of Dublin and the Dublin Unified School District. Terrific to see successful Dublin residents like David Haubert and Eric Swalwell having an opportunity to run for higher office due to the combination of re-districting and an open primary process.
Jeff Keihl October 29, 2011 at 01:58 PM
David would be a great addition to the state assembly. I know he would work extremely hard to represent constituents and be fiscally conservative.
Denise Holt October 29, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Congratulations, David!!! I believe in you, and I am excited to see you have the opportunity to move mountains for California!
Dublin Mom October 29, 2011 at 07:22 PM
I've know David Haubert for many years through the school board. There were times when he was the only person on the board that I felt was honorable and gave a care about the needs of the parents and the students. He will be missed.
Steve Madsen November 01, 2011 at 08:31 PM
I am happy to support David. He has done such a fantastic job in Dublin. Sacramento needs him.
Arnosh Keswani November 03, 2011 at 05:42 PM
I'm really excited for Mr. Haubert. Looks like he's a great candidate who defiinitely has the experience we need in Sacramento.

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