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Meet Chris Shoults, running for Assembly District 63 in California

District 63 includes Menifee, Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Temescal Valley, Lake Mathews and some parts of Corona, Norco, Eastvale, and Riverside.

Chris is a problem solver, an educator, a father, a first generation college graduate, and an advocate for getting up and making a difference in the world.

For Chris, running for office isn’t just about politics—it’s about taking action when he sees something wrong. He believes in the power of grassroots efforts and community involvement, seeing elected office as a long-term commitment to serving the needs of his constituents. As a state assembly member, Chris envisions himself as a facilitator, working to provide resources and support to local officials and communities to address their unique challenges.

Affordability is a pressing issue for Chris’s constituents, particularly housing affordability. As a longtime public school teacher, he understands firsthand the challenges families face in his community, including rising costs and unfair wages. Chris tells us he feels very concerned for veterans and people on fixed incomes struggling with rising rental pricing. Buying a house is out of the picture for most people as well. He emphasizes the need for strategic economic development that balances growth with maintaining the quality of life for residents.

As a parent to three adult sons, Chris is familiar with the various challenges of the educational system throughout all different age levels. He is very concerned with the current rising narrative from parents who say that children are being “indoctrinated” in schools. Since Chris values education so highly, he says we don’t have time for things like this when pressing issues in his local educational system exist. From addressing overcrowding in schools to promoting parental involvement and access to diverse educational opportunities, Chris is passionate about ensuring every child has a chance to succeed. He also advocates for access to diverse educational opportunities, including vocational training and affordable college options.

Chris envisions a future where education and housing systems are reimagined to serve Californians’ needs better. He dreams of a future where all students have equitable access to education and support to reach their potential. In and around his district, Chris notes that many warehouses and their accompanying logistics contribute significantly to pollution and traffic congestion. He aims to push economic development forward while keeping the needs of the community members in mind. Chris also proposes reevaluating traditional housing financing models to provide greater equity and opportunities for individuals and families. Ultimately, his goal is to improve the quality of life for everyday Californians, offering them more opportunities for success and prosperity.

But Chris isn’t just about policy—he’s a unique individual with an interesting background. Chris grew up on a farm in Wyoming where he gained many useful, practical skills. During his early education, he initially majored in music but later got three degrees in English and became a first-generation college graduate. Chris proclaims, “I’m a weird selection of things that I think makes me very accessible to a lot of people!” He’s also a skilled automotive mechanic with a love for high-performance vehicles passed down from his father. When Chris is not tinkering under the hood, you can find him at home with his wife Crystal and his two cats, Chester and Luna, who bring joy and companionship to his life.

Chris says that his background and life experiences give him the ability to deeply understand rural communities and what they need to grow and succeed. He has a great appreciation for his community and respects its residents. Chris’s candidacy is about more than just winning an election—it’s about improving life for everyday people in his community. Chris strives to bridge divides and create opportunities for District 63 through his commitment to service, diverse background, and down-to-earth demeanor.

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