Mike Spence doesn’t make promises. He delivers results.
When Mike was first elected to the West Covina School Board in 1991 at the age of 25, the district had closed schools, declared bankruptcy and was required to have a state overseer. During the next 22 years Mike served on the school board, he led the district in restoring its fiscal health, eliminated the need for state supervision, paid back the loans they had to take out not just on time but early, opened new schools, expanded school choice and charter schools for kids, raised academic performance levels for students district-wide and protected parental rights.
When Mike was elected to the West Covina City Council in 2013, his 7th election victory courtesy of the voters of West Covina, the City had cut their police force by a third, managers were leaving, lawsuits were proliferating and the financial picture was precarious. After only two years on the Council, Mike has helped to add police officers, cut city council perks, create a citizen based audit committee and demanded reforms from the bureaucracy that give more information to the public. He was also responsible for bringing in the State Controller to audit the financial mess he inherited and give the city a blueprint for change.
This is very ironic, since fifteen years earlier the city unsuccessfully sued citizen Spence over his opposition to a proposed tax increase. The City lost the lawsuit, Mike won, and the voters of West Covina subsequently agreed with Mike by rejecting the proposed tax increase.
A life long West Covina resident, Mike attended the same public schools as a boy he later led as a School Board Member. He was Student Body President at Edgewood High School, where he excelled academically and was already an active member of the community. Mike is an Eagle Scout and has been a Boy Scout Merit Badge counselor for over 20 years. He graduated from UCLA majoring in Political Science and then served as chair of their alumni scholarship program.
While Mike had volunteered for the local Republican Party as a high school student, at UCLA he became a volunteer Republican Leader. The College Republican National Committee named him the Ronald Reagan Activist of the Year for his determined leadership at UCLA.
Mike was the youngest person ever elected to be a Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party. He has served on the Executive Board at the State and County level of the GOP. He has been elected President of two statewide volunteer organizations and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Federation of Republican Assemblies.
Professionally, Mike has been Chief of Staff to two state legislators and a partner in several small businesses. As Chief of Staff to 55th District
Assemblyman Curt Hagman from 2008-2014, Mike worked with leaders from every city in the district and hundreds of constituents in resolving problems with state government and protecting local residents.
Mike knows the 55th Assembly District better than any other candidate, is the only candidate to have executive experience at the state legislative level, and is particularly proud to have earned the endorsement of both Curt Hagman and Senator Joel Anderson, the two leaders he served as Chief of Staff.
A sought after political pundit, Mike has appeared on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, the Laura Ingram Show, John and Ken Show, Roger Hedgecock Show, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Los Angeles Business Journal, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune and many other media outlets.