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Friday, 29 June 2007 16:31

Former California Autobody Association president Kelly McCarty running for state assembly

    Kelly McCarty, former California Autobody Association president and owner of Carty’s Collision Center in Ontario, California has announced her candidacy for the 64th assembly in Riverside Co unty.
   McCarty recently spoke to members of the CAA at their annual golf tournament in San Marcos.
    CAA president Dave Mello expressed his support in a letter to members. He wrote: “The Collision Repair Industry has the unprecedented opportunity to impact small business legislation in California. Think of the myriad of ways California regulatory agencies interact with you and your business, the Air Quality Control District, CAL/OSHA, the Department of Insurance, the BAR, the Board of Equalization, and so on. All these agencies get their marching orders from legislation! I know Kelly, when elected, will be an advocate for Collision Repairers’ small business issues. I believe that this is a statewide race for the Collision Repair Industry, even though Kelly is running in her home district from Riverside; her election will influence legislation that affects our industry throughout the state”
    McCarty  is the first candidate to sign the Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) state pledge despite the recent claim by Angel Sanchez, Jr, a recent press release stated.
    McCarty became an official candidate with the Secretary of State on May 8 and signed and faxed the pledge to ATR by May 14. It was officially filed by ATR on May 16. “This is a very simple issue for me,” said McCarty, “I am running for the Assembly as a businesswoman to fight taxes and make a stand against illegal immigration.”
    “My two decades of real business experience makes me uniquely qualified to represent the people of Riverside County in the Assembly. As a businesswoman I know firsthand about worker’s compensation, payroll taxes, and daily struggles associated with keeping the doors open. My opposition to tax increases comes from personal experience — not just ideology,” said McCarty.
    McCarty is an experienced community leader and businesswoman with the spirit, energy, and commitment to make a positive difference in the State Assembly.
    A native Southern Californian, McCarty grew up in Upland, was a Bluebird, Brownie, and Girl Scout. In high school, she joined the Young Republicans, ran for class president and was a star soccer player.
    McCarty combined four years of college at UC Riverside and UCLA where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. During summer breaks in college, she worked at her father’s Ford dealership body shop in Hollywood, where she learned the skills of the trade. Later, McCarty and her father started their own successful collision repair shop, Carty’s Collision Center in Ontario.
    As a small business owner, McCarty has grown Carty’s Collision Center into an industry leader. Now with 18 employees, Carty’s is in the top ten percent of collision repair shops in America.
    McCarty was recognized by Akzo Nobel as “one of the most influential women in the collision repair industry” in 1999. She served as state president of the CAA in 2001, and was “member of the year” in 1998. She was instrumental in CAA’s lobbying efforts on SB1648 and SB551. She has been actively involved in the association for the last 12 years and a lobbying force for the last seven. She is currently the treasurer and board rep for the Inland Empire Chapter. She also received a “NABC Pride Award” for her work to eradicate illiteracy.
    McCarty’s involvement with I-CAR over the last 12 years has ranged from district chair where she started district number 917 to a member of the board of directors. McCarty is welding certified by AWS and ASE certified in estimatics.
    Many elected officials talk about the impact of taxes and illegal immigration in theoretical or academic terms. McCarty is a business owner that has lived with the problems created by these issues every day. Her two decades of business executive experience will serve the people of the auto body industry well in the State Assembly.
    McCarty is supported by a broad coalition of families and businesses from all over California. They are supporting her candidacy because she will bring her common sense pro-business agenda to Sacramento on behalf of all working Californians.