Who am I?

Serving the country as a U.S. Marine, Police Officer and then a small business owner consulting for the U.S. Government, Raymond Miller has served the community in one way or another since 1996. Unable to stand by and watch injustices and political tactics destroy the community he lives in and enjoys; he has dedicated his life to educating and mentoring others as well as finding reasonable, sensible solutions to problems in the community.

A lifetime spent educating himself, leading others and finding equitable solutions through his experience as a civil servant, business owner, scholar, and government contractor has contributed to Raymond’s success in reaching across the aisle and finding a solution that meets the win-win requirement both sides strive for in a negotiation. He is a self-driven, determined professional with a predictive and analytical approach to most solutions including an analysis of alternatives to find the best solution. This calculated and methodical approach has resulted in successful solutions for the private and public sector.

A resident of San Bernardino County since 1997, Raymond’s service at the Twentynine Palms Marine Base for eight of his nine years led him to settle down in the Yucca Valley area in 2001. Having always wanted to give back to the country and the community for all they have done for him, after completing 9 years of military service, he served in law enforcement where he also taught police cadets part-time. In 2007, Raymond was working executive protection details for celebrities and dignitaries when he decided to start his own small business corporation and went after the American dream of being his own boss. He has successfully run his small business since 2007 and his management has led to his company being engaged to work on several federal government contracts that took him to most of the military bases within District 16 and other areas in California. In his spare time, he serves as part of the Morongo Basin Search and Rescue for the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, is a former member of the California Narcotic Officers Association, California Gang Investigators Association and Past President of a local Toastmasters International club.

Raymond lives in Yucca Valley with his wife, Sandy, a community volunteer and his step-son, Joshua.

Why am I running?

There are injustices being done to the people in California by an impotent Republican contingent of the State Senate. Since they are unable to pass bills that will harm the people of my district, they are attempting to coerce the state of California through a Republican-held Congress. This is a violation of the sovereignty of the State of California. These issues that the Republican Congress are trying to coerce the state into dealing with, are state issues, not the federal government. As a state senator, I will ensure that states rights are respected and federal assistance is sought only in accordance with the state legislature not as a bullying tactic when legislation is inefficient, ineffective and not approved by the state legislature.

The Office of State Senator is a very powerful position within the state of California. It has the ability to do great things but with a super majority in California, a Republican incumbent can not do anything for the people of the district. What the people need is a state senator who can get access to the meetings and can get legislation passed that will help people of the district enjoy the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As a Democratic State Senator in a majority Democratic state, if the citizens of this district want to see legislation passed, they need to vote for me, a lifelong Democrat with ties to the community who wants to see the district succeed.

My Goals

My top three policy goals while in office are:
1) Education - Protect public educational institutions and create one Bachelors degree program at each community college in the district.
2) Economic Opportunity - Create an industry that fits the area and which the bachelors degree will assist in growing the economy as well as supplying jobs with a higher wage.
3) Environment - Protect the environment through weighing the impact of each legislative action before voting on that action and voting against any legislation that will pollute the environment.

While I have not been in a position to achieve these goals in the past, I have worked hard as an individual to reduce my impact on the environment, to instruct others in critical thinking skills and to voice my concern at council meetings and any other venue when I feel the action being taken is inappropriate for growing a desert community.

My DFA Values

Community - I believe that the communities in this area are being destroyed by divisive, self-serving politicians. It is time for individuals to vote for a politician who is looking out for their best interests, not just special interests.

Security - We have a major influx of outside developers who want to build large solar fields. The current paradigm of energy security suggests that it makes us vulnerable to attack by domestic and foreign adversaries as well as natural events. My goal is to promote legislation that will lead to a more self-sustaining community, i.e. allowing people to live off the grid if they choose will protect our national security. Distributed networks or self-sustaining networks must be implemented to protect our infrastructure from catastrophic incidents.

Liberty - We have inalienable rights under the U.S. Constitution. This rule does not imply or infer exceptions to the rule. If we are to follow our U.S. Constitution and support and defend it, we must understand and agree as a people that these rules apply to everyone equally without reservation. I will continue to fight for everyone's right to have a voice in the community and decisions will be made based on what is best for the community as a whole, not the majority or the minority. It is time for diplomacy to be part of the political discussion again and I intend to use diplomacy and compromise in my decisions with the caveat that I will not favor profit over people.

My Campaign is People Powered!

My campaign is primarily grassroots. While I have applied for numerous endorsements and received a few endorsements including being the pre-endorsed candidate of the Democratic Party, I have engaged the local Democratic Groups in my area, local community organizations and local chamber of commerce groups. I have requested and accepted invitations to speak throughout my district. I have not turned down many opportunities and I have stood outside on Saturday mornings at the farmers market engaging people, talking about issues, my platform and asking for their support and their vote.

My plan is to continue to build my campaign through all groups including secular organizations. I have traveled outside the district to private gatherings and had to sell my potential to them. I have been offered a fundraiser by a comedian and continue to exchange business cards and build my volunteer base for the upcoming election. After the primary, if I am one of the top two candidates, I will ramp up my efforts and be traveling to any speaking engagement, debate or candidate forum to explain how the incumbent is a failed leader and her failed leadership is what you are getting if you vote for her again this year. I have field representatives who will be attending meetings that are in conflict with my schedule and this will be a hard-fought battle.

We are also in the process of doing a GOTV drive at the high schools and the colleges in my area. Through this effort, we will have more Democratic voters, a bigger excitement about the upcoming election and the potential to have someone in their corner who will actually do what is right for the community.

Voice support

Supporters:

  • Andrae Macapinlac, CA
  • Joanna Andersen
  • karalee hargrove


About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

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