About John Hoop
My Campaign Promise
If elected, I will allocate $20,000 of my annual salary as an assemblyman to be put back into the many diverse communities of California’s 70th district through various grants, scholarships, and community projects. This promise is my personal commitment to the people of this state, and it will remain in effect for each year you allow me to represent you in the California State Assembly.¹
John is currently a resident of Signal Hill, which is part of the 70th District of the California State Assembly. John is a husband to his beautiful wife Ashlyn, and father to his son Carson. He is a life long resident of Los Angeles County, having been born in Torrance and since lived in Long Beach, Lakewood, Redondo Beach, Bellflower and Signal Hill. John is an avid fan of the sport of hockey and still plays in a men's league. He also enjoys fishing and golf.
Professional Career and Political Aspirations
John has been a part of the NHL's off-ice officials team in Anaheim for the last six years. He has worked in several sports-related positions in his adult life including selling golf carts, managing a hockey equipment wholesaler's eBay operations, officiating roller hockey games, and serving as league director for several seasons of NLA Sports roller hockey. He discovered his true calling in 2013, founding child-focused charity The Gary L. Hoop Foundation in his father's honor. Since founding GLHF or Garys Kids as it's also known, he has become more and more involved in both the philanthropic and political worlds. After successfully lobbying the City of Bellflower's City Council to support #GivingTuesday in 2014, John launched Giving Tuesday Bellflower to gauge the level of interest in #GivingTuesday in Southern California. In early 2015 he launched #GivingTuesdaySoCal which was later renamed #GoldenHeartState. #GoldenHeartState was a community campaign partner of #GivingTuesday in 2015.
The experience led John to discover the similarities between the functions of government and those of charities. He wrote his first political article in July of 2015, which highlighted this discovery and his personal political beliefs. The piece was titled "Two Roads Diverged in a Political Wood, Why Philanthropists Should Take the Road Less Traveled" and was published on LinkedIn. He then took on the task of partially-rewriting the Declaration of Independence as a means of encouraging the public to revisit the days of our founding fathers and objectively analyze how far this nation has regressed. The piece, titled "Reaffirmation of Independence: A 2015 Call to Action" follows the same topical lines used by Thomas Jefferson, utilizes much of Jefferson's original ideology, retains portions from the Declaration of Independence which hold sentimental value to the American people, and its composition makes John's political values quite clear to the reader. While writing the piece, John began to believe that Jefferson, Washington, and many other leaders in the founding of this great nation would align closer with the modern day Libertarian party than either of two main political parties. He later decided to register as a member of the Libertarian party and reached out to the party regarding running for elected office. With the support of the Libertarian Party, John is seeking the 70th district seat of the California State Assembly in the 2016 elections.
John supports the political values set forth in the Libertarian Party Platform, adopted in 2014.
¹ Publicly supporting, donating to the campaign of, or voting for John Hoop will not increase the likelihood that you will receive any grant or scholarship funds. Applications for grants, scholarships, and other funds distributed by John Hoop will be subject to a review process adhering to a strict code of ethics. This process will ensure complete transparency in the selection of qualified recipients of awarded funds. Applicant's race, nationality, sexuality, gender, religion, affiliation with any particular political party or organization, or any other superficial identifying label will not be considered during this process, and identifying with any of these labels will not help or hurt their odds of receiving funds. The funds pledged are the personal funds of John Hoop, to be drawn from his salary if elected and no portion of these funds will be provided through the use of elected official's allowances, or other source associated with the position or authority of the Assembly of the State of California.