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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 46

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Roxanne Beckford Hoge

13,672 votes (20.9%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • to institute zero-based budgeting for the entire state budget
  • to make California's economy more robust by reducing taxes and regulation
  • to continue to protect Prop 13 by finding funds wasted elsewhere



Profession:Business owner and working actor (tv, film, voice)
Actor, Various -- (1989–current)


Davidson College Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Psychology (1986)


Roxanne Beckford was born in Kingston, Jamaica. She emigrated from the island in the late 70s, graduated from boarding school in South Florida, and from Davidson College with a degree in Psychology in 1986. After working in public and community relations in Miami for Citibank and the Rouse Company, she arrived in Southern California in the late 80s to become a working actor. She has done that now for over twenty years, starting out playing Whitley's cousin on A Different World and continuing to appear in television and movie roles even while marrying her husband and having and raising four children. Her IMDB page can be found here.

After her marriage and the addition of the surname Hoge, Roxanne and her husband Bob  founded a maternity clothing website in 1998.  Their foray into the world of the internet and brick-and-mortar retail has lasted almost two decades, and taught them many lessons about entrepreneurship and the practical effects of government regulation.

She became a citizen of the United States after the turn of the century and keenly appreciates all the wonders of this great nation, especially all that California represents.


Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (4)

What do you think the State should do to encourage affordable housing for all Californians?
Answer from Roxanne Beckford Hoge:

The first thing to remember is that the State is not, nor should it be, the provider of housing. What California needs to do is to remove the onerous regulations and patchwork of laws that make building in our state many times what it is in neighboring Western states. Too much of the conversation about "affordable housing" will lead us down a path that, though well intentioned, is akin to the central planning of less free societies. That has proven time and time again to not be as efficient as the free market.

One of the many ways that California has artificially reduced available housing stock, especially for the families who would love more space, is by not letting property tax assessments be portable throughout the entire state. The Valley is full of family homes still occupied by empty nesters who might like to downsize, but who's property taxes would be prohibitive if they did.

We also need to disabuse Sacramento and LA city planners of the idea that cars are bad. Cars are freedom, and people should be free to live and build where they wish without trying to fulfill a fantasy of mass transit that just isn't suitable for us. Instead of penalizing builders who want to build away from public transportation, let them.

Also, the issue of illegal immigration cannot be ignored here. By depressing wages and burdening infrastructure with no orderly following of the rule of law, the wanton disregard of our sovreignty and border are part of the problem.

In summation, everything the goverment tries to mandate pricing for becomes less affordable.

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?
Answer from Roxanne Beckford Hoge:

If you're referring to the 8th installment of the survey by Weber Shandwick and Powell Tate (conducted ith KRC Research), they also pointed out that 83% of the respondents believe incivility leads to intolerance of free speech. The sight of black-masked hecklers and rioters taking aim at property and persons in the birthplace of the free speech movement, Berkeley, last year was a sad milestone indeed. America is unique for many reasons, chief among them our Constitution's enshrined guarantee of the right to say whatever we wish, no matter how offended others may be. When I see people screaming at a speaker or dressed for attack, it's clear that we do have a civility problem.

In California, our issues with decorum aren't only on campuses, however. Everyone now knows that our Capitol in Sacramento is rife with people who treat their State Assembly and Senate offices as if they're in a bar. The #MeToo movement revealed some of the more egregious offenders, leading the representatives of Districts 45 and 39 to resign outright. Then, it became evident that the female Assembly Member who spearheaded the movement kept a kegerator in her office and made advances on male staffers, forcing her to step aside for while. The Senate wasn't untouched, either, with a man commonly referred to as "very powerful" reprimanded for unwanted hugging. I was shocked to hear this sort of behavior took place in 2018, when everyone I know conducts themselves at work with dignity suitable to their job. Sadly, the more I learn about Sacramento and how it works, the more horrified I become at the way the Assembly treats staffers and fellow elected officials who make the mistake of being from the opposition party.

If elected, I will behave in office as I do in my private life, with dignity and respect for all, and will expect those around me to do the same. We, The People, should expect no less.

Climate changes, and the shifting between very wet weather and drought, worry Californians. What strategies would allow that your district to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific.
Answer from Roxanne Beckford Hoge:

Climate has been changing as long as the earth has existed. 

What worries Californians is living in a state that's mostly desert where elected officials of all levels have chosen to not address water storage needs for decades. The water bond that passed giving millions of dollars to help solve the problem hasn't worked as promised, and that's partly due to myriad forces looking to stymie building of reservoirs or doing anything without years of delay.

The simple fact is that solving our water storage needs will take an All Of The Above approach. We need to fix the crumbling infrastructure we have (vis a vis the Oroville Dam failure), build new reservoirs, and explore new (to us) technologies like desalination. In order to build new facilities while protecting the environment, I would suggest that all affected groups get together at the beginning of the process instead of using bureaucracy and lawsuits to slow it to a crawl. Together, and especially with the help of an unleashed private sector, California make progress on our water storage as it once did in aerospace. We have the best and brightest minds here, and we have the will. We just need to work together.

What programs or strategies would you suggest to meet the educational needs of the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians?
Answer from Roxanne Beckford Hoge:

Our educational system in California, once the envy of the other 49 states, is now a mere shadow of its former self. This is partly due to a bloated administrative layer, partly due to a powerful union whose main interest lies in job protection for its members, partly due to the dumbing down of Common Core and social promotion, and partly due to the lack of choice for parents.

It's not just the youngest and most poverty stricken Californians who need help. Most of our graduates cannot read at grade level.

We cannot keep tinkering around the edges of a failing system -- every child who is currently in the public education system needs help now, before they get much older and still cannot read. The first step would be to have real parental choice. No one should be forced to attend a school that guarantees bad outcomes. Let the money follow the child. Reading, Writing and Arithmatic are the foundations for a lifetime of learning. Anyone who isn't earning passing grades shouldn't be promoted to the next level. And any teacher whose students aren't able to mostly perform at grade level shouldn't be immune from demotion or firing.

Go to and look up the salaries for LAUSD. You'll see that money isn't the main problem at all. We have fostered a culture of low expectations, and our kids have sunk to that level. As Dr. Steve Perry (with whom I would consult) says, My Child, My Choice.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $27,176

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

Employees of C&M Metals, Inc.
Employees of System Property Development Co.
California Trailblazers
Employees of Dunn, Pariser and Peyrot
Employees of Law Office of Julie Heimark
Employees of Teneo Holdings

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.54%
New York 4.04%
Florida 1.21%
Connecticut 0.81%
Other 0.40%

By Size:

Large contributions (91.10%)
Small contributions (8.90%)

By Type:

From organizations (7.91%)
From individuals (92.09%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

  • America is exceptional
  • The Rule of Law is fair
  • Common sense is missing from Sacramento
  • Freedom is a gift 
  • Citizenship is a responsibility
  • Californians deserve better roads, lower taxes, and choice in education

I believe that the Founders of this great country got something very right when they intended civilians to move from their normal lives to serve for a time in government and then to move back again to live under the laws and rules they created. Career politicans and unelected bureaucrats have wreaked havoc on our once golden state. We need to grow business and to shrink government. Most of all, we need to return California to being a high-trust society, in which we are all agreed that we follow the laws as written and do not allow certain groups to escape consequences that would ensnare an average citizen.

If elected, I promise to work to reduce the legal and regulatory burden on those of us who have chosen to stay in California and to unleash the power of the private sector to create solutions to our challenges. Nothing good can happen while we navigate homeless encampments on our streets, and are told we can no longer keep anything at all in our cars, lest we become targets. I believe in Broken Windows policing, and creating the expectation that bad behavior will be punished.

In summation, my political philosophy is to get out of the way and let people lead their lives without the onerous burdens of excessive taxation and regulation. In other words, I am a classic liberal.


Videos (3)

What The Heck Are We Voting For In California? — May 27, 2018 Roxanne Beckford Hoge

I have a very basic, very quick tutorial for all 12 offices we are voting for in the June 5 primary election. We all need a refresher now and then!

What are all these endorsements in my mail? — May 27, 2018 Roxanne Beckford Hoge

We are being inundated with mail whenever there's an election. What are these giant postcards?

Would you want to start a business in this state? — May 27, 2018 Roxanne Beckford Hoge

Tom Manzo of the California Business and Industrial Alliance shows us the California Labor Law Digests from 1957, 1997, and present day.

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