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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 33

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Jay Obernolte

Assemblyman/Business Owner
84,000 votes (60%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Change California's toxic business climate by eliminating job killing regulations.
  • Fight against harmful tax increases.
  • Prioritizing government spending on essential government services like infrastructure.



Assemblyman Jay Obernolte has over 25 years of private sector experience as one of the nation’s leading high-tech innovators and has served as a public servant for nearly a decade. Currently Jay employs dozens of local residents at his business. In the State Legislature Jay serves as the Assistant Republican Leader  as well as Vice-Chair of the Assembly Budget committee and Vice-Chair of the Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media committee. Jay Obernolte is endorsed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Inland Empire Taxpayers Association and National Federation of Independent Business  for the 33rd Assembly District.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $409,472

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

Edison International
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
Philip Morris USA
San Bernardino County Firefighters IAFF Local 935
San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
The Doctors Company

More information about contributions

By State:

California 82.81%
Texas 4.30%
District of Columbia 2.03%
Tennessee 1.84%
Other 9.01%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.28%)
Small contributions (0.72%)

By Type:

From organizations (94.67%)
From individuals (5.33%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I’m Jay Obernolte, State Assemblyman for California’s 33rd District. Before being elected to the State Assembly I served as Mayor of the City of Big Bear Lake.  I’m also the owner of a business in our District.  25 years ago I founded my company, FarSight Studios, in my college dorm room.  Since then we’ve grown to be a leader in innovation and technology in the video game industry. Currently FarSight Studios provides good paying jobs for dozens of local residents. But most importantly I am a husband and father. I have been married to my wife Heather for over 19 years and we have two sons, Troy and Hale.


I’m passionate about representing you in the Assembly because I want to make sure that our children can grow up and thrive in a State that values personal freedom and the American Dream. I’d also like to use my background in technology to update and upgrade our government.  In the Assembly I have promoted legislation that streamlines bureaucracy, creates transparency in government and reduces California’s burdensome regulatory and tax climate.  I am a California optimist and I believe we can turn our State around, but I need your help. If you have any feedback or would like to make a comment please email me at


It is an honor to represent you.

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