PALMDALE – Assembly candidate and Palmdale councilman Tom Lackey announced Monday he has signed the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge,” a vow to oppose any efforts to increase taxes.
Since it’s inception in 1986, the Americans for Tax Reform’s Taxpayer Protection Pledge has served as a tool to hold candidates accountable for their position on taxes. The Pledge is made to constituents and ensures that the candidate keeps their campaign promises regarding taxes after election to office.
Board of Equalization Member George Runner served as witness to Lackey’s pledge.
“We need more people who share Tom Lackey’s view on taxes in the Assembly,” said Runner, in a press release. “Tom will honor his commitment to his constituents, fight against any and all forms of tax increases, and will serve as a strong member of the Assembly.”
“Sacramento keeps putting its problems on the backs of local government and the people it’s supposed to serve,” said Lackey. “Rather than cut social services to illegal immigrants, Sacramento’s solution is to just raise your taxes. This is unacceptable.”
Lacking is running in the 36th Assembly District, which includes the Antelope Valley in Los Angeles County, the desert communities of Boron, California City, and Mojave in Kern County as well as Wrightwood and Pinon Hills in San Bernardino County.
Lackey, a sergeant with the California Highway Patrol, is running against Lancaster Vice Mayor Ron Smith and local attorney Steve Fox.
The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is offered to every candidate for state office and to all incumbents. In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases.