- Why should the people elect Jerry Kunzman?
- I have a proven track record in leadership and
managerial skills from running several of my own businesses, including the
very successful National Auto Sport Association. I have worked at a
number of jobs from janitor to CEO. With my training and experience in
engineering, I focus on solving problems, rather than assessing blame. I
choose projects where I know I will succeed. I know that I will have a
great positive impact on the quality of life for every Californian.
- How do you feel about not getting the budget done
on time? Is this the governorís problem?
- What makes you think the
population will support you?
- I share common values and dilemmas of most
Californians. I was born here and have lived most of my life here. I know
the people of this state very well. I am not a rich man, and have always
earned my own way. I am a common working man, just like most of the
people of this state. I am a self-made businessman and I believe that I
will have the support of most of the population.
- What do you see your role as governor as?
- I see myself as a problem solver. I believe in
getting the job done while taking a non-partisan stance on the issues. I
intend to run California as a business; it is one of the larger economic
super powers in the world. California needs proper leadership; I am that
- What would you do
to accomplish your goals as governor?
Go through the state
budget and look at ways we can improve efficiency; reduce government.
- Educational system reforms. Better quality
education today leads to better quality of living in the future.
- Economy and business Ė enhance the business
environment; attract more businesses into California, thus creating more
- Tackle issues in Health and Social Services .
- Any non-legislative items you would like to
- Somehow extend the existing laws and regulations on
pornography to include the restriction of distribution of unsolicited
pornographic pictures sent via e-mail.
- What would you do to help with the budget in the
time you have in office?
- Practicality- Analyze each item under my control for
its overall effectiveness and necessity vs. its cost and practicality.
- Timelines- Look for items that can be modified to
produce positive short-term improvements.
- Analyze the overall picture and judge each budget
item in terms of whether it is in line with the future goals.
- How long do you want to be governor?
- I believe that I will be able
to accomplish most of the important things that need to be done during my
- What makes you think that you can fix the problems?
- The governor of California must be one thing: a
leader. A leader that can bring CA through these times to a future of new
hope and opportunity. Additionally, I have shown over the years, in my
own business the ability to lead all types of people regardless of race,
political views, creed, age, etc. I also understand trade-offs and
compromise. I know how to make smart deals and how to get the job done.
I have solved just about every problem that I have tackled. I donít see
this to be that much different. I will however need the cooperation of
the state senate and the assembly in order to accomplish things in the
most expeditious manner. I believe that most of my solutions will be
welcome by both parties as they are solutions based in practicality and
not politics. California will have a great tomorrow if we make the right
- Give an example of
how you brought together two or three diametrically opposed factions into an
- I have mediated a large number of situations from
disputes between neighbors to finding practical ways for people to
compromise and work together so that both sides end up with what they
really want. Often times, people involved in emotional turmoil have
a hard time figuring out what they really want. This is where I have been
most successful; in figuring out what all parties really want. Then itís
simply a matter of finding the give-and-take in the situation.
- What do you do for a living?
- I am the Chief Executive Officer of the National
Auto Sport Association (N.A.S.A.). We host and promote automobile races
and high performance driving events at road-course race tracks (like
Laguna Seca) around the country. One of our primary functions is to serve
as an outlet for the car enthusiast to have fun with their car in a
relatively safe and controlled environment, rather than doing it on the
street. We produce much better and safer drivers through our programs.
More information can be found at
http://www.nasaproracing.com or by calling 510-232-6272.
- What would you do in the first 30 days in office?
- Since I am not a career
politician, I expect it to
take the first month just to get caught up with all the issues and sort
out the logistics of staffing, etc. To be realistic, I would expect to
see lots of internal changes, but probably no miracles for the people of
- What does it look like at the end of the term?
certainly expect to have at least two years of a balanced budget and a
much improved business climate with businesses relocating to California
which will bring jobs. Just as importantly, I expect to have provided the
educational system with the funding and support it needs to significantly
impact the state of the schools both in terms of facilities maintenance
that will give the students an environment conducive to learning, a place
they want to go to and learn, as well as quality of education with
adequate books, supplies and appropriately compensated and qualified
teachers and administrators.
- Who is likely
to vote for you?
who want and appreciate a leader with practical values.