Visalia mayor Warren Gubler confirms candidacy for State Assembly
Cites broken promises and allegiance to special interests among reasons incumbent should be replaced.

Visalia, Calif. – September 29, 2017 – Warren Gubler, a local attorney, businessman and City of Visalia Mayor, announced his candidacy for California State Assembly in the 2018 election. Gubler cites ineffective representation in Sacramento since Mr. Devon Mathis’ 2014 election as the primary reason for seeking the Assembly District 26 seat.
“With overwhelming encouragement from my family and members of our District, I am ready to commit to this great cause. I am ready to take on the challenge of unseating a politician who represents special interests and lobbyists. We cannot watch this incumbent win this election by default! With Mr. Mathis in our District 26 seat for another term, we could only expect more years of the same in Sacramento,” said Gubler.

Gubler became mayor of Visalia in 2016 after serving as Visalia’s vice-mayor from 2013 to 2016. He was first elected to the Visalia City Council in November, 2009. During his eight years on the Council, Gubler and the Council have identified several signature accomplishments, including:

Planning and building the Visalia Water Conservation Plant upgrade, the largest public works project in Visalia history. The $130 million upgrade is to be dedicated Fall 2017.
Balancing the city budget each year since 2009.
Creating a work program for homeless (Environmental Cleanup Opportunities ECO) in 2017.
According to Gubler, a recent example of Mathis’ ineffective leadership came on September 14, 2017, regarding SB 649, a bill largely powered by the telecommunications industry. Designed to transfer local government control of public rights-of-way to the telecom industry, every city in Tulare County opposed the bill.

“On August 10, 2017, Mr. Mathis publicly stated that he’d be voting “no” on this bill. However, on September 14, he instead voted “yes.” It’s troubling that Mr. Mathis keeps breaking his word. With his July Cap-and-Trade vote that could raise gas prices by as much as 63-cents per gallon, followed by his the SB 649 vote, I knew I needed to run,” said Gubler.

Gubler was born in Exeter and grew up in Porterville where he worked various jobs, including as a paperboy for the Porterville Recorder, to pay his way through college. He earned his Eagle Scout rank at age 14. He graduated from Porterville High School in 1975, where he lettered in cross-country, basketball and track, played the trumpet for Buck Shaffer’s marching band and Fabulous Studio Band, and was senior class president.

After high school, Gubler attended one year of junior college, then served as a Mormon missionary for two years in Okinawa, Japan, where he became fluent in Japanese. Returning to America, he completed his junior college degree, then transferred to Brigham Young University (BYU). He earned an undergraduate degree in government and attended law school at BYU. During law school he married his sweetheart Alisa. They have five children and two grandchildren.

Gubler began as an associate in 1983 with the Visalia law firm of Hurlbutt, Clevenger, Long & Vortmann, eventually working his way up to senior partner. When that firm dissolved in 2001, Warren founded the law firm now known as Gubler & Abbott LLP.

To learn more about Warren Gubler email or call Warren at 559-788-7733.

Local voters wishing to help with the campaign can call Karen Tellalian at 559.739.1747.