Beaumont City Councilman Lloyd White will run for state Senate in 2020 – PE.com

After working to help Beaumont move past a massive financial corruption scandal, City Councilman Lloyd White said Wednesday he wants to help the state reform its own wasteful government spending and restore “the California dream” by representing his community in the state Senate.

White, a Republican who has served on the Beaumont City Council since 2014, announced his candidacy for the 23rd Senate District, which covers portions of Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. The seat will be open next year, when Sen. Mike Morrell, R-Rancho Cucamonga, terms out.

“Politicians at the State Capitol have let us down,” White said in a news release Wednesday, April 3. “Sacramento has wasted billions of dollars on excessive public employee pensions and ill-advised projects like the failed high speed rail.”

White was elected to the Beaumont City Council in 2014 and re-elected in 2018. In 2016, seven former high-ranking city officials were arrested as part of a corruption probe involving the misuse of tens of millions of dollars in public funds. All have since pleaded guilty and been sentenced to varying lengths of home detention, terms of probation and monetary penalties ranging from $100,000 to $4 million.

If elected to the State Senate, White said he will try to help lower the costs of home building as a way to increase the number of affordable homes in the area. He also supports lower taxes for small businesses and middle class families, and he’d like to see pension reform and less government debt. White supports enforcement of the state’s death penalty but wants to see the state’s sanctuary laws repealed.

White works as a software developer with ESRI in Redlands. He holds a degree in economics from UCLA and a master’s degree from the University of Redlands School of Business. He serves on the Riverside Country Transportation Commission and has been an active volunteer in the Beaumont Unified School District.

White has been married to his wife, Marti, since 1987. They have two children.

Politically, the 23rd District has little in the way of partisan lean, with 34.89% registered as Democrat, 34.58% as Republican and 24% as “no party preference.”

The district includes all or parts of Banning, Beaumont, Big Bear City, Big Bear Lake, Cedar Glen, Calimesa, Cherry Valley, Crestline, Homeland, Hemet, Highland, Lake Arrowhead, Loma Linda, Menifee, Mentone, Nuevo, Phelan, Pinion Hills, Rancho Cucamonga, Redlands, San Bernardino, San Jacinto, Wrightwood and Yucaipa.

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