Richard Rider

Richard Rider
Location
San Diego, California, USA
Birthday
August 24
Title
Chairman
Company
San Diego Tax Fighters
Bio
Biography of Richard Rider (Updated July, 2011) San Diego, CA 92131 E-mail: RRider@san.rr.com * AGE: 66 * EDUCATION: B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968 * MILITARY SERVICE: Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve). ** OCCUPATION: Retired stockbroker and financial planner. Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Former business owner. * AFFILIATION: • Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters • National Taxpayers Union • Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association • San Diego County Taxpayers Association * POLITICAL ACTIVITIES: • Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers over fourteen billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego taxpayers. • Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13. Has written ballot arguments against numerous county and state tax increase initiatives. • County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164). • Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1994. • Candidate for the 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote). • 1993 – appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board. • 1996 – appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle. • Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a public vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center, baseball ballpark and other projects. • 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold. • 2007 – Columnist for NORTH COUNTY TIMES and SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT • 2009 - The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's "California Tax Fighter of the Year" * FAMILY: Married. Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher. Two sons, ages 32 and 27.

AUGUST 28, 2009 1:58AM

Richard Rider Honored as "Tax Fighter of the Year"

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HOWARD JARVIS TAXPAYERS ASSOCIATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                
Jennifer Kerns
(916) 420-2888
August 26, 2009   


Richard Rider Honored as "Tax Fighter of the Year"



Sacramento --- The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has selected taxpayer advocate Richard Rider as its 2009 Tax Fighter of the Year.

Rider serves as Chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, but his work has benefited taxpayers hroughout the state.  His successful suit against the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of an Diego) forced a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that has saved California taxpayers over fourteen billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego taxpayers.

"Richard deserves this award year in and year out," said HJTA President Jon Coupal.  "He can always be counted on to lead the charge against government mismanagement, incompetence and corruption wherever it is found -- and it's not hard to find, so he is a very busy man."

A presentation will be made to Rider on Friday, August 28 on the Capitol steps in Sacramento s part of a major taxpayer/tea party rally.  The Howard Jarvis Tax Fighter of the Year award includes a $1,000 honorarium.

Over the years, Rider has been a leader in actively supporting  a number of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13.  He has written ballot arguments against numerous state and county tax increase ballot measures.

Rider has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a public vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center, baseball ballpark and other projects. 

In 2005 he was an unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, but his ideas set the tone for the candidate debates, and his reform ideas have since taken hold.

Rider's newspaper columns stressing spending reform, tax relief and a logical approach to governing appear regularly in publications such as the North County Times and the San Diego Daily Transcript.

For more information, visit:  HYPERLINK "http://www.HJTA.org" http://www.HJTA.org.

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