Cattleman Jack Lavers throws hat into the ring for District 26

Jack Lavers announces candidacy for Calif. State Assembly seat setting up a 3-way Republican race


VISALIA – Another Republican has thrown his hat into the ring for Assembly District 26 … a cowboy hat!

Cattleman Jack Lavers announced his candidacy for the California State Assembly on Nov. 15 at the Visalia Livestock Market. Lavers was introduced and endorsed by stockyard owner and operator Randy Baxley.

“Jack is honest, willing to go the extra mile, and will always do what he says he will do,” Baxley said.

Alongside family and supporters, Lavers explained to the crowd why he decided to enter the race. “I have made it my life mission to advocate for small business owners and the ag industry here in California and around the nation. Frankly folks, our businesses can’t take any more hits from Sacramento elites looking for their next pay raise,” Lavers stated. “Only the weak increase taxes and make political deals. I will fight to lower taxes and bring new business to our community.”

Lavers is a small business owner and sixth generation Central Valley native and rancher. He and his wife Jenny and their daughter Reagan live on the property that the Lavers family has ranched since 1858. He is the 2nd Vice-President Emeritus of the California Cattlemen’s Association, and has received the endorsement of the California Cattlemen’s Association. For more information, email jacklaversforassembly® or call 559-972-5386.

Lavers is the latest local to enter the race for the Assembly seat. Visalia Mayor Warren Gubler announced his candidacy for the state office on Sept. 28. The local attorney and businessman called out incumbent Devon Mathis as an ineffective representative in Sacramento. Gubler went so far as to call the second term Assemblyman “a mere tool of the special interests and lobbyists.” As evidence, Gubler cited Mathis’ vote for the state’s Cap-and-Trade program, which sets a limit for green house gas emissions and then charging companies a fee when they exceed the limit, which the Legislative Analyst’s office estimates could increase gas prices in California as much as 63 cents a gallon by 2021.

Mathis, also a Republican, was first elected to the legislature in 2014, and re-elected in 2016 after defeating both Republican and Democrat challengers. The three Republicans will face off for the Assembly seat in the November 2018 election.

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