Assembly Candidate Joe Rubay says Key Issue is Public Safety

Assembly Candidate Joe Rubay says Key Issue is Public Safety

 by Roger Riffenburgh

As he runs for Assembly in the East Bay’s District 16, small business owner Joe Rubay is very clear what the major issue is in his race.  He says, “Public safety is very important to my district, but my opponent is leading the charge in the State Assembly for no cash bail.”

Rubay understands public safety issues well, as he has served as member and chair of his town’s police advisory committee and is currently in his third term on the committee.  He says that by leading the effort to eliminate cash bail, his opponent, Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, “is one of the foremost proponents of helping put violent criminals and repeat offenders immediately back on the streets…”  Rubay cites the study where Yolo County District Attorney Jeff Reisig said that his office’s tracking of those released without bail found that 70% committed new crimes.

Professionally, Joe Rubay is the founder and a partner in a real estate appraising and

investment business.  He has been a community leader for 30 years.  He has been appointed to community positions by his county supervisor and two California governors.  He has been very involved in local planning and development in Alamo.  He has helped in the planning of the traffic circle and in the improvement of Livornia Park.  He has also been active in the PTA at his daughter’s school.

Joe Rubay believes we need more balance and commonsense solutions in the state legislature.  He says his priorities include “Your Families Over Illegal Immigrants” and your finances over Sacramento’s failed programs.

Assembly District 16 includes the TriValley area of Southern Contra Costa County and Eastern Alameda county, running from Orinda and Walnut Creek southeast to Livermore.  The largest cities are San Ramon and Livermore.  About two thirds of the voters are in Contra Costa Country.  It contains most of the same territory represented by Republican Assembly Member Catharine Baker from 2014 to 2018. It is currently represented by Democrat Rebecca Bauer-Kahan.

Joe Rubay was born in San Mateo, attended grade school in Hayward, and went to high school in Danville.  He earned his BS in Accounting and Business Management at Cal State East Bay.  He worked in auditing, earned a Certified Public Accountant certificate, and then worked as a controller.  Later, after founding his own company, Joe also worked from 2005-2007 as the National Director for the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.

Joe enjoys walking his dog and teaching him tricks.  He lives with his wife, two daughters and son in Alamo, an unincorporated town south of Walnut Creek.  You can learn more about Joe Rubay on his two campaign websites, and  You can meet Joe at his campaign kick off on Friday, July 21 (see the BayAreaGOP Upcoming Events page).

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