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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 29

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Joseph "Joe" Shammas

Democratic
Retired Military Officer
10,847 votes (11.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Student loans
  • Veterans assistance
  • Small Business

Experience

Experience

Profession:Retired Military Officer
CEO, T & J (2005–2014)

Education

Webster University Masters Degree, Business (1981)
Naval Undersea Medical Institute Independent Duty Medicine, Submarine medical school (1978)

Community Activities

Community Support Services, St Ephraim Cathedral (1999–current)
Community Support Services, St George Church (2015–current)
Community Support Services, North Hills Neighborhood (1999–current)
Youth Education Training, Syriac Youth (1999–current)

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Joseph "Joe" Shammas:

The changes to the quota system established some years ago do not properly address the issues of current realities and must be revised accordingly.

Education and other civic services must be updated to reflect the current times and demographic needs.

Special visas to foreign employees must be reduced and or eliminated. We must strive to train and provide those employment opportunities to our own.

The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
Answer from Joseph "Joe" Shammas:

I believe in building coalition of like minded legislators with common interests.

Country before party. We have focused for too long on party issues instead of what is best for our great country,

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
Answer from Joseph "Joe" Shammas:

First, we stop our hawkish policy of foreign military intervention.

We must stop selectively enforcing our standards on other countries.

It took our great nation a few hundred years to get to where we are today, some cultures may take longer.

We must stop supporting some of the worst world dictators who we consider our "friends" particularly in the gulf region.

We must withdraw from NATO, which was established to counter the WARSAW pact (the old Soviet Union). Today, there is no need for us to continue military build up around the world. We must scale back considerably and focus on our homeland's safety and security.

 

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws.  What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Joseph "Joe" Shammas:

The Colorado basin allocation to California must be revisited and an increase of the quota to established.

Additionally, the federal government in coorperation with the private sector must address the recycling efforts to clean and reuse our water'

Water desalination project must be coordinated between the public and private sectors to develope cost efficient solutions.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $43,498

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Joseph Ivaro Shammas and employees
$7,896
2
Employees of Maloof Ventures
$500
3
Employees of Decron Properties
$450
4
Employees of Liquor Palace
$350

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (88.37%)
Small contributions (11.63%)
88.37%11.63%

By Type:

From organizations (4.29%)
From individuals (95.71%)
95.71%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Higher Education (public sector)

Summary

Education must be the bedrock and the foundation for our youth to develope and become contributing partners in our society.

The youth are the future and must be afforded every opportunity to pursue and earn a higher education but without being saddled with the associated costs of the higher education. There should be joint federal and state programs to provide LOW interest (not exceeding .5%) student education loans.

Students would have the opportunity to pay back these loans through volunteering at public institutions (such as in education, government services, peace officer support, and other forms).

Our focus as a society must shift back to what is important, our communities, our youth and their education, our seniors, our veterans and small businesses.

The investment in educating our youth will pay back our society with an improved workforce that would attract employers and businesses and benefit everyone in the community. Higher education is a proven path for success and improved employability. When we invest in our youth and their education, we are actually investing in our own future. Many of today's huge corporations were started in a garage.

Who would have guessed that Microsoft and Apple would be where they are today? Likewise I believe we have not seen anything yet. Our youth are creative, talented and able to outperform most if not all their counterparts around the globe. I believe in our youth and we must provide them the opportunities to be creative and to become the founders of the next Microsoft and Apple. Who knows what they will be able to come up with.

We must establish joint public/private reasearch and developement programs to foster and spearhead the creativity of our youth. The current fiscal constraints we face due to the massive national debt which is only growing larger by the day severly hamper R&D funding. We must revisit the need for the massive military spending the is growing out of control year after year.

I will work with others to establish our national priority on education not on massive military buildups. I will work diligently to address the needs of our communities in support of educating our people.

There is a growing segment of our society that is neglected when it comes to higher education. Seniors who wish to re-enter the workforce and or retrain for a a different and more viable employment are often unable to participate in the normal channels of education. Together with federal, state and local educational institutions we will deveope and establish programs to meet this segment's unique requirements. We must not neglect any member of our community who seek higher education.

In conjunction with the classical education fields, our focus must also include technical education and training. There are various programs such as "on the job training" that can be sponsored with local businesses to train and employ a viable workforce. These programs can be facilitated through federal and state tax incentives

Veterans

Summary

Veterans are glorified when on active duty and forgotten after separation. As a society we must work together to help them re-integrate back into our communities.

As a veteran with over twenty two years of active military service, I am keenly aware of and relate to the needs of our veterans. Upon separation from active military service, some veterans readily adapt and integrate back into society, while others do not. Our Veterans are often forgotten, albeit on one or two days a year. Our current politicians eagerly send them to areas of conflict yet, upon completion of their service they (the veterans) are relegated to and treated like second class citizens and as a burden to our society.

Many of our veterans commit suicide at a much higher rate than any other group. Veterans should be afforded an opportunity to address their inner “devils” that later could drive them to self destruct. This can be through group events and therapies as well as individual mental health training. They served with honor and we as a nation should do the same. To ignore their pain and suffering is wrong.

We should honor our veterans’ services not just with words and parades, but with meaningful deeds and actions. This can be accomplished through several means from expanding the G.I. Bill and other educational opportunities to providing special incentives to businesses for direct “on the job” training coupled with incentives for hiring and retention.

Our politicians have willfully and predictably driven our country into one conflict after another. Politicians have not learned from history, regrettably they have actually ignored history. Their actions have nearly bankrupted our treasury and placed an undue burdon on generations to come.

The Federal Government should along with State and Local bodies address the basic needs of veterans upon separation from the military services. The veterans answered the call to serve our great country, our country must also answer the call to assist and provide in their transition back to civilian life where they can again be productive and contributing members of our society. They deserve better.

We All Deserve Better
Country before Party

Small Business

Summary

Small businesses are a "slogan" during elections and routinely ignored before and after conclusion of elections.

As a society built by small business we must provide opportunities to foster the creation of small business and as government agencies find ways to help not impede their ability to prosper and grow. They provide employement at the local and community levels and must be recognized for doing so.

Small business is often quoted by politicians as being the “engine” of our economy, but that is a “slogan” often only used during election campaigns. The day after an election is completed small businesses are forgotten along with most if not all the other election promises made.

It is time we change that, and take actions to not only recognize small businesses as the real engines of our economy that they are, but to enact and put in place programs and to reduce regulatory obstacles to help businesses not only to survive but to succeed and grow.

Small businesses have the capacity to provide unique opportunities to train and hire returning veterans and seniors who are willing and able to work. Small businesses could and would readily enact training programs and hire veterans and seniors in a short period provided politicians do not create new regulations to impede enactment of said training and hiring programs.

Small businesses must receive financial incentives through tax credits and other means to facilitate full implementation and to realize expedient results with mutual prosperity for businesses, veterans and seniors they train and employ.

Politicians should talk less and do more. Our small business owners deserve better.

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— May 22, 2016 Joe Shammas for congress campaign committee

The candidate background and qualifications

— May 22, 2016 Campaign

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— May 22, 2016 Campaign

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