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Richard Rider

Richard Rider
Biography of Richard Rider (Updated October, 2012) San Diego, CA Phone: (858) 530-3027 E-mail: Blog: AGE: 67 EDUCATION: B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968 MILITARY SERVICE: Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve). Vietnam veteran, but never stationed in-country. OCCUPATION: Retired stockbroker and financial planner. Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Retired business owner. AFFILIATION: • Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters • National Taxpayers Union • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association • San Diego County Taxpayers Association • Republican Party POLITICAL ACTIVITIES: • Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers over $14 billion, including $3.5 billion for San Diego taxpayers. • Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives, including Proposition 13. Has written ballot arguments against dozens of county and state tax increase initiatives. • County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164). • Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1994. • Candidate for the 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote). • 1993 – Appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board. • 1996 – Appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle. • Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a citizen vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center, baseball ballpark and other projects. • 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold. • 2007 – Columnist for NORTH COUNTY TIMES and SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT • 2009 – Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association’s “California Tax Fighter of the Year.” Largely as a result, the San Diego City Council declared 4 October, 2009 “Richard Rider Day.” 2012 -- Guest on Fox Business Network. Regular weekly commenter on XETV-6 TV news. FAMILY: Married. Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher. Two sons, ages 33 and 28.

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