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About Tim

Born and raised in California – family moved to Chula Vista when Tim was 1 in 1958; Tim has lived in San Diego County a total of 47 years.

Attended Hilltop High in Chula Vista, Magna Cum Laude at UC Berkeley (1975), law degree from UC Berkeley (Boalt Hall) 1982.


Legal Experience:

Legal staff at California Court of Appeal 1982-84

Deputy Attorney General in the Criminal Division of the California Attorney General’s office (trial and appellate prosecution of felonies) 1984-91

Special Bar committee on crime victims’ rights 1989-90

Child Support attorney for San Diego County 2002-08

Deputy Attorney General in the Business & Tax Section of the California Attorney General’s office (handling advanced civil litigation in business regulation and tax), 2008-present.


Community Experience:

Chula Vista City Council, 1986-91:  Elected at age 29. 

Highlights of Nader’s council tenure included authoring an ordinance to stop loitering and drinking on the streets, standing up against membership by city officials in discriminatory organizations, and several measures promoting environmental protection (including use of recycled water at city facilities, promoting green building standards)

Mayor of Chula Vista, 1991-94:  Mayor of the County’s second-largest and most diverse city. 

Highlights include institution of curbside recycling, new programs in youth activities under the police, parks & recreation and nonprofit community organizations, promotion of religious freedom, and expansion of the police department.  Chula Vista became one of the first cities in the world to plan reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Nonprofit affordable housing development, 1995-2001

Foreign aid volunteer in Central Asia following 9/11, 2001-02

Southwestern Community College Board, 2010-present (President, 2010-11 and 2016-17)

Helped lead reform in a district that had been riddled with corruption, in which several former officials ultimately pled guilty to corruption charges.  Received “First Amendment Award” from student newspaper for strong defense of constitutional rights.  Authored policy resolutions supporting the rights of immigrant students.  Supported Southwestern becoming a leader in prison education which has been shown to reduce criminal recidivism by over 40%.

As Mayor and Board member, Nader has conducted innumerable public hearings and “quasi-judicial” proceedings, assuring a fair hearing to citizens on matters such as land use, personnel and student discipline hearings.

Tim Nader for Judge 2018
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