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.