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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

Senator —United States SenateJune 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

United States
June 5, 2018 —California Primary Election

United States SenateSenator

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  • 100% of precincts reporting (21,487/21,487).

About this office

Senators are elected to six-year terms to represent the people of their state in the federal government. They make new laws, hold hearings, approve presidential appointments, and help set priorities for U.S. policy.
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Democratic
United States Senator
2,945,177 votes (44.2%)Winning
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  • Universal health care
  • Ending gun violence
  • DACA and immigration reform
Profession:United States Seantor
United State Senator, United States Senate — Elected position (1993–current)
Mayor, San Francisco — Elected position (1978–1988)
Supervisor, San Francisco Board of Supervisors — Elected position (1970–1978)
Stanford University Bachelors of Arts, History (1955)

Since her election to the Senate in 1992, Dianne has built a legacy of finding solutions to problems facing California and our nation. Her accomplishments include legislation increasing vehicle fuel economy standards; preserving the Mojave Desert, Lake Tahoe and our forests; consumer protection, food safety and cyber security; drought relief; securing funding for critical projects; and commonsense gun laws, including the landmark assault weapons ban.

In 2017, Senator Feinstein became ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and oversees judicial nominations and its investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. She also currently is a senior member of the Intelligence and Appropriations Committees.

Dianne’s career has been one of firsts – she was the first woman President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first woman Mayor of San Francisco, the first woman elected Senator of California, the first woman member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the first woman to be ranking member of the Committee. Dianne also was the first woman to chair the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

Prior to her election to the Senate, Dianne was elected to the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors and served 2 ½ terms as President of the Board. She became Mayor of San Francisco in November 1978 following the assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk.

The following year she was elected to the first of two four-year terms. As Mayor, Dianne managed the City’s finances with a firm hand, balancing nine budgets in a row. In 1987, City and State Magazine named her the nation’s “Most Effective Mayor.”

Today, she continues to work on critical issues and fight for the values we hold dear.

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I support the Senate Democrats’ Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure, which would make key investments to improve America’s crumbling infrastructure including:

  • $210 billion to repair crumbling roads and bridges
  • $180 billion to replace and expand transit and commuter rail systems
  • $65 billion to modernize ports, airports and waterways
  • $100 billion for 21st century energy infrastructure
  • $110 billion to modernize water and sewer systems.
2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I am a strong advocate for universal health care, and with my colleagues in the Senate, stopped the Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

In 2009, when we were considering the Affordable Care Act, I sponsored legislation to create a public option to compete with private health insurance, which I continue to support. I also support lowering the age for Medicare eligibility to 55, mandating that Medicare negotiates for drug prices, which it currently does not, allowing HHS to reject unreasonable premium increases and requiring 85% of all premium dollars to go to patients, instead of 80%.

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

We are a state and a nation of immigrants, and I strongly oppose Donald Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities and believe we must have comprehensive immigration reform.

I support the DREAM Act and DACA which is why I opposed the recent omnibus spending package that did not include protections for Dreamers. I also strongly oppose President Trump’s unjust and unconstitutional travel ban and have authored legislation to rescind the President's executive orders.

I was proud to work closely with Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers to author the Agricultural Worker Program Act to put farmworkers on a path to earned legal status and citizenship.

We must come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform, that includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, assistance for immigrant members of the armed services and their families, visa reform, backlog reduction, and family humanitarian relief.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

In the Senate, I secured passage of $558 million in federal funding in response to California’s five-year historic drought.

I have also coauthored the bipartisan Securing Required Funding for Water Infrastructure Now Act to further modernize investments in water infrastructure while protecting our environment. The legislation would authorize an additional $200 million annually over five years to support state revolving fund projects, encourage states to bundle their projects by waiving the $100,000 application fee and preserve the successful state revolving funds and the Water Infrastructure and Innovation Act loan program.

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Dianne Feinstein:

I agree that the lack of civility is serious problem in our country right now.  And as leaders in Washington, we must set a positive example for how we can overcome political division and work respectfully with a common purpose to improve the lives of all Americans.

I’m not a name caller. Throughout my career, I’ve always been willing to work with my colleagues in both parties to enact pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our state and our nation. If re-elected to the Senate, I will continue to work in a bipartisan manner on behalf of the American people.

Total money raised: $16,346,874

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

1
Dianne Feinstein
$9,750,000
2
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and employees
$50,800
3
Employees of Estee Lauder Companies
$34,400
4
J.P. Morgan and employees
$27,500
5
Akin Gump and employees
$26,652

By State:

California 56.51%
District of Columbia 34.55%
New York 2.82%
Virginia 1.08%
Other 5.05%
56.51%34.55%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.46%)
Small contributions (4.54%)
95.46%

By Type:

From organizations (6.42%)
From individuals (93.58%)
93.58%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
— May 25, 2018 Feinstein for Senate 2018

"I’m Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message. I support the affordable care act, and voted against all of Trump’s attempts to repeal it. But we need to do more. I believe in universal healthcare. In a public health option to compete with private insurance companies. And expanding Medicare to everyone over 55. And I believe Medicare must be empowered to negotiate the price of drugs. California Values Senator Dianne Feinstein"

— May 25, 2018 Feinstein for Senate 2018

"I'm Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message. I thought after Sandy Hook, where 20 six and seven year olds were slain, this would never happen again. It has happened more than 200 times in 5 years. Dianne Feinstein and a new generation are leading the fight to pass a new Assault Weapons Ban. Say NO to the NRA and YES to common-sense gun laws. California Values Senator Dianne Feinstein" www.FeinsteinForCA.com

— May 25, 2018 Feinstein For Senate 2018

Dianne Feinstein: “I’m Dianne Feinstein and I approve this message.” Announcer: “Senator Feinstein’s original Desert Protection Act protects 7 million acres in Death Valley and Joshua Tree. Working with President Obama, Senator Feinstein protected 1.8 Million more acres. Now President Trump and corporate special interests want to extract water from the desert aquifer and threaten the entire desert ecosystem. Join Senator Feinstein, say no to Donald Trump and corporate greed. California Values. Senator Dianne Feinstein.”

Democratic
California Senator
804,965 votes (12.1%)Winning
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  • Move comprehensive immigration reform
  • Pass Medicare for All
  • Move a national clean energy plan
Profession:California Senator
California Senate President pro Tempore, California State Senate — Elected position (2010–current)
Assemblymember, California State Assembly — Elected position (2008–2010)

Senator de León is the son of a single immigrant mother who supported her family in the San Diego barrio of Logan Heights working as a housekeeper and other pick-up jobs. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school and college.

 

He attended U.C. Santa Barbara and graduated from Pitzer College at the Claremont Colleges with honors. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California. He has one daughter.

 

Before entering into politics, Kevin served the public as a community organizer, taught English as a Second Language and U.S. Citizenship, and advocated for public schools.

 

Working for both the National Education Association and the California Teachers Association, Kevin fought for additional funding for schools in low-income neighborhoods, more school construction, and health insurance for children. He fought against schemes to take funds from public schools through taxpayer-funded vouchers and academic censorship in public schools.

 

Senator de León was elected by his colleagues to lead the Senate in 2014, making him the first Latino to hold that position in over a century. Prior to that, Kevin served four years in the Assembly before his election to the Senate in 2010.

 

President pro Tempore of the California State Senate

 

Kevin de León has led the 40-member Senate body to historic accomplishments that will improve the lives of Californians and the state’s environment and economy for decades to come.

 

He has ushered a bold agenda to increase economic opportunity for all Californians with a focus on maintaining California’s global leadership role in fighting climate change and building a clean-energy economy, rebuilding our state’s infrastructure, public education, work-place and health-care, equity for women, immigrants and low-wage workers and public safety.

 

Through his ambitious approach to policymaking, Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models. The progress that has been made on critical issues confronting California and the nation stands in stark contrast to the gridlock in the U.S. Congress.

 

In many ways, Senator de León embodies the promise of America. From a childhood of poverty to community activism, to the upper echelon of the California Legislature, his respect and commitment to working families and the betterment of all Californians has never diminished.

 

To learn more about Kevin visit: https://www.kevindeleon.com/about-kevin/

Total money raised: $1,584,362

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

1
Emerson Collective and employees
$29,700
2
Cordoba Corporation and employees
$21,600
3
Mercury Public Affairs and employees
$15,800
4
State of California and employees
$15,325
5
Employees of Ek, Sunkin, & Bai
$12,300

By State:

California 91.08%
District of Columbia 4.16%
New York 1.02%
Massachusetts 0.75%
Other 2.99%
91.08%

By Size:

Large contributions (91.87%)
Small contributions (8.13%)
91.87%8.13%

By Type:

From organizations (14.10%)
From individuals (85.90%)
14.10%85.90%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
— May 9, 2018 Kevin de León for Senate

Kevin is running for the U.S. Senate in California because you deserve a seat at the table. Learn more at https://www.kevindeleon.com/about-kevin/

Republican
Chief Financial Officer
555,738 votes (8.3%)
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  • Health Care Reform, Ready to introduce the solution to the healthcare crisis in America. Over 30 years developing the “Best in Class” domestic and international health plans that reduce costs, increase quality of care for patients.
  • Decrease Taxes for every American. Our Taxation without representation has distinct similarities of the American Revolutionary War. I will dig deep to decrease taxation for all Americans
  • Less Government Less Regulations. Over the past 20 years our gov't has grown beyond sanity leaving the citizens behind. I will put the voters and citizens first.
Profession:Chief Financial Officer Co-COO in the Healthcare
CFO Co-COO, EmpathaCM LLC (2017–current)
President CEO, Healh Alliance Corporatio (2015–2016)
Vice President Strategic Management, Reny Company (2011–2015)
AT2 Aviation Crew SAR,LE,Fishery Patrols, United States Coast Guard (1981–1986)
University of California Irvine Predictive Analytics Certification, Computer Science Practicum of Big Data Analytics to analyze past behaviors in predictions of future performance (current)
Saddleback College A.A., Health Information Technology (current)
National University MBA Financial Management, Financial Management overseeing domestic and international operations (1990)
National University MBA International Business, International Business, studied 25 countries on Political, Banking/Finance, Culteral, Religion Foriegn Policies (1990)
National University B.A., Business Administration emphasis Marketing. (1988)
Advisor, Employer Fraud Task Force (2012–2016)
Board Advisor, Easter Seals Society (1987–1990)
  • Proven executive international leadership
  • Veteran Patriot that has successfully united parties under a common goal
  • Skilled negotiator
  • Constitutionalist
  • Seasoned Senior Executive
  • National Speaker
  • Experienced International Executive in South America, North America, Middle East, Western and Eastern Europe

 

International leader with 30 plus years’ experience in senior management roles for technology and service entities within the healthcare, insurance, including but not limited to physician groups, hospital, insurance, mergers/acquisitions and national speaker on developing technologies and practices within healthcare, insurance, and fraud prevention. Extensive experience within governmental and commercial programs in evaluation and design of normalization design to meet market demands. Experienced in Predictive Analytics, Business Intelligence and Data Warehouse which is the branch of data mining concerned with the prediction of future probabilities and trends.

 

Served in the United States Coast Guard conducting search and rescue (SAR), law enforcement, fisher patrols in Hawaii and the South East United States.

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from James P. Bradley:

Propose to remove from the Highway Trust Fund programs that should not be the business of the federal government. More than a quarter of the Fund’s spending is diverted from its original purpose. One fifth of its funds are spent on mass transit, an inherently local affair that serves only a small portion of the population, concentrated in six big cities. Additional funds are used for bike-share programs, sidewalks, recreational trails, landscaping, and historical renovations. Other beneficiaries of highway money are ferry boats, the federal lands access program, scenic byways, and education initiatives.  These worthwhile enterprises should be funded through other sources.  

Propose to phase out the federal transit program and reform provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act which can delay and drive up costs for transportation projects. We renew our call for repeal of the Davis-Bacon law, which limits employment and drives up construction and maintenance costs for the benefit of unions. Recognizing that, over time, additional revenue will be needed to expand the carrying capacity of roads and bridges, we will remove legal roadblocks to public-private partnership agreements that can save the taxpayers’ money and bring outside investment to meet a community’s needs. With most of the states increasing their own funding for transportation, we oppose a further increase in the federal gas tax.

Our nation’s interstate electric transmission system has long been a catalyst for developing and delivering low cost energy while spurring economic growth throughout the United States The grid is aging, vulnerable to cyber and terrorist threats, and unprepared to serve our energy needs of tomorrow. It should not take seven to ten years to plan and construct a transmission line. We support expedited siting processes and the thoughtful expansion of the grid so that consumers and businesses continue to have access to affordable and reliable electricity. 

Amtrak is an extremely expensive railroad for the American taxpayers, who must subsidize every ticket. The federal government should allow private ventures to provide passenger service in the northeast corridor. The same holds true with regard to high-speed and intercity rail across the country.  We reaffirm our intention to end federal support for boondoggles like California’s high-speed train to nowhere.

 

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from James P. Bradley:

 

Having served in the healthcare industry for the last 30 years, I can speak with a high degree of confidence that the best programs for all Americans will be the expansion of Medicare with revisions to include:

 

1.  expansion for all age groups

 

2.  Multi-tiered levels of care with commensurate deductibles and co-pays

 

3.  Additional supportive programs for the elderly

 

4.  Continued development of Private Patient Electronic Health Information technology (PHI) HIPPA compliant shared among medical providers to decrease redundant testing and forms for continuity of care and cost reduction

 

5.  Ongoing cost reduction of Pharma

 

6.  Reduction of FDA "Red Tape" to drive pharma costs down, end extended ramp periods for inflated costs

 

7.  Adoption and incorporation of Medical Futuristic therapies and technologies to increase quality of life while retiring un-needed out dated and costly services out

 

8.  Many more....

 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from James P. Bradley:

 

We are faced with immigration issues in California and ever state has their own yet similar challenges.  These issues and challenges must be addressed but the rule of law must be enforced as stated above.  The current issue facing California is SB-54 (Sanctuary State) which has violated the Supremacy Clause of both the California and the US Constitution protecting Illegal and Criminal Illegal immigrants while criminalizing any entity working with federal authorities.  SB-54 must be repealed to restore the rule of law.

 

America’s immigration policy must serve the national interest of the United States, and the interests of American workers must be protected over the claims of foreign nationals seeking the same jobs. With all our fellow citizens, I have watched, in anger and disgust, the mocking of our immigration laws by a president who made himself superior to the will of the nation. I stand with the victims of his policies, especially the families of murdered innocents. Illegal immigration endangers everyone, exploits the taxpayers, and insults all who aspire to enter America legally. I oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by breaking the law, have disadvantaged those who have obeyed America’s immigration policy must serve the national interest of the United States.  The executive amnesties of 2012 and 2014 are a direct violation of federal law and usurp the powers of Congress as outlined in Article I of the Constitution. These unlawful amnesties must be immediately rescinded by a Republican president. In a time of terrorism, drug cartels, human trafficking, and criminal gangs, the presence of millions of unidentified individuals in this country poses grave risks to the safety and sovereignty of the United States. Our highest priority, therefore, must be to secure our borders and all ports of entry and to enforce our immigration laws.  That is why I support building a wall along our southern border and protecting all ports of entry. The border wall must cover the entirety of the southern border and must be sufficient to stop both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. I insist upon workplace enforcement of verification systems so that more jobs can be available to all legal workers. Use of the E-verify program an internet-based system that verifies the employment authorization and identity of employees must be made mandatory nationwide. I reaffirm our endorsement of the SAVE program Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements to ensure that public funds are not given to persons not legally present in this country. I demand tough penalties against those who engage in identity theft, deal in fraudulent documents, and traffic in human beings.  The Department of Homeland Security must use its authority to keep dangerous aliens off our streets and to expedite expulsion of criminal aliens. Gang membership should be a deportable offense. Any previously deported illegal alien who continues to show a lack of respect for our borders and rule of law must be penalized.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from James P. Bradley:

Complete the California State Water Project and build new water storage, above and below ground. We need to build Sites Reservoir, Temperance Flat and raise Shasta Dam is one of the many proposed plans which makes sense.  We have plenty of water available and must utilize the most cost effective and efficient technology.

Support and secure implementation of is the WIIN Act as well as explore furhter the GROW Act

Desalination or desalinization is a process that removes minerals from saline water. More generally, desalination may also refer to the removal of salts and minerals, as in soil desalination, which also happens to be a major issue for agricultural production.

 


Read more here: http://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/political-notebook/article208591724.html#storylink=cpy

 

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from James P. Bradley:

 

Civility is an important ideal in the American tradition. And while we are amid a crisis threatening the livelihood of that ideal, there are plenty of ideas and tactics we can employ to restore it. It begins by practicing a basic concept: Look in the mirror instead of pointing the finger.

 

In my experience, something magic happens when we look at each other and keep the best versions of ourselves and others in our eyes.

 

We can adopt programs that have seen great results such as in Maine, “Make Shift Coffee House” an event that moves from community to community where people with opposing political views can meet, learn from each other and have some good coffee.  Arizona’s, the National Institute for Civil Discourse has launched a “Revive Civility” campaign, which empowers groups and individuals to become “Citizens for Reviving Civility.” The program offers guidance, resources and tools to help people combat incivility in their communities.

 

In the end, the most important thing you can do is listen to and understand the people with opposing viewpoints, instead of debating them, judging them and trying to force them to have a different opinion.

 

“When people take time for reflection versus reaction, and when they truly take the time to listen to someone else’s point of view, they have a valuable new experience.  On the basis of that new experience people are often willing to take the next step to tackle harder issues. It’s very, very inspiring to see this happen.

Republican
Teacher/Engineer/Businessman
350,554 votes (5.3%)
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Total money raised: $70,668

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

1
Employees of Cell Nation
$5,000
2
Employees of Saber Point Llc
$2,500
2
Employees of Saberpoint Llc
$2,500
3
Employees of Nancy, Nancy
$1,000
3
Employees of Real Estate Connection
$1,000

By State:

New York 60.24%
New Jersey 20.08%
California 19.68%
60.24%20.08%19.68%

By Size:

Large contributions (100.00%)
Small contributions (0.00%)
100.00%

By Type:

From organizations (1.61%)
From individuals (98.39%)
98.39%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Republican
Small Business Owner
323,313 votes (4.9%)
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  • Work with President Trump
  • Help economic growth and create jobs
  • Enforce immigration and Federal laws
Profession:Small Business developer
Self employed 1975—-, Paul Taylor (1975–current)
Cal State University. Hayward. A AA degree., Premed. (1975)

Throughout my life, I’ve been a leader and innovator. As a young boy, I was always the kid with others following me as well as the one with ideas. Having gone through pre-med education ultimately finding my place in manufacturing, I once again found the common thread in my more than forty year career of founding small companies as well as creating jobs. I was exhibiting the leadership and innovation as seen when I was young. Determined to make a difference, I enjoyed seeing the fruits of my labor as well as garnering the experience for my next contribution to California. US Senate is that new area for me to innovate and lead. I’m ready to solve California problems, build industry here, and see job growth. 

Total money raised: $9,973

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

1
Paul A. Taylor
$5,500

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (75.20%)
Small contributions (24.80%)
75.20%24.80%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
  • My philosophy for politics is in line with our Founding Fathers. To have Freedom in our Country to be the example to the World as well a limited government. I believe in our ability to freely create and build our economic areas unhinder by government overreaching restirictions and control. I believe completely in our Constitution which is enforced/defended by our 2nd Amendment. Our First Amendment right is unique in the world deserving respect and protection. I believe our Framers intended on combining the Government with Faith based on our Christian Judeaic Bible moral laws. 
Republican
Published Author
267,213 votes (4%)
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  • Further National Security initiatives
  • Work with the Senate to confirm appointments desperately needed to ensure National Security interests are met.
  • Work toward Repeal of Obama Care, Enact tort reform & competition across state lines.
Profession:Entrepreneur, Published Author
Total money raised: $29,887

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

1
Employees of Jda Indonesia
$300
2
Employees of Rancho Tree
$260
3
Employees of Broadcom
$250
3
Employees of Entralta P.c
$250
4
Employees of Wbmason
$199

By State:

California 49.93%
Florida 38.12%
Tennessee 4.27%
Washington 4.27%
Other 3.40%
49.93%38.12%

By Size:

Large contributions (19.69%)
Small contributions (80.31%)
19.69%80.31%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Republican
Retired Urban Planner
204,924 votes (3.1%)
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  • Fully-fund national security and state and local law enforcement while sealing our borders
  • Continue President Trump's economic agenda; reduce regulations on business, revise the tax code; renegotiate our treaties
  • Reorganize the V.A.
Profession:Retired Urban Planner (32 years of public service)
Executive Director of Planning/Deputy Director for Operations, Kankakee County and City Planning Commission/Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) (1972–2008)
Executive Director of Planning/Deputy Director for Operations, Kankakee County Regional Planning Commission/Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) — Appointed position (1972–2008)
Governors State University, Illinois M.S. in Urban Planning, City planning, including Constitutional Law and Economic Development (1978)
Wrote an initiative to repeal California's Top Two primary election system., Foundation to Stop Top 2 LLC (2017–2018)

Tom Palzer

Born, educated, and employed in Illinois, Tom Palzer graduated in the upper third of his high school class as Vice President of his senior class.  A U.S.A.F. veteran, Tom earned a B.A. and M.S. in urban planning while workin full-time and raising a family.  He worked for over 32 years as a long-range planner advising elected and appointed officials at all levels of government.  Tom has worked with over 30 state and federal agencies and many Fortune 500 companies.  He retired in 2008 as Deputy Director for Operations with the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS).

Among his achievements, Tom provided the testimony in a case involving a disrimination suit against his hometown.  The judge in this Superior Court case applied Tom's testimony as a bases for finding on behalf of the city which was extremely please not having to pay $22M in damages.

Tom also wrote the initiative measure to repeal California's Top Two Open Primay Law.  As of this reading, it is in the signature gathering phase running though April 23, 2018.

 

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Tom Palzer:

Local, state and federal sources under the USDOT, CALTrans, and county and local transportation programs.  I would also include public-private transportation initiatives.  Our infrastructure is aging at a rapid pace and we must make repairs a top priority.  Things often get done in the private sector at a pace that public providers cannot achieve.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Tom Palzer:

I believe that the most affordable health care can be achieved through competition among private health care providers; that minimal participation in and regulation of health care should involve the federal government.  I would protect Medicare.  I would fight any government requirement mandating health care.

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Tom Palzer:

In 2016, I ran for the U.S. Senate proposing a moratorium on immigration until such time as we could determine who's hear already and what their status was/is.  Little has happen to slow the pace of immigrants entering our country and deportation has not kept up with the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S.  I would support a policy that provides limits on immigration per year, provide a period for immigrants to obtain citizenship within 6 months, accept DACA, and expedite deportation.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Tom Palzer:

I would not support SB1263. a bill banning small water agencies.  I would support AB2594 proposing the capturing of stormwater for a variety of uses.

The State needs a plan to identify and prioritize water resource management.  While expensive, the State needs to determine where deslination is possible and enourage the constrution of desalination plants strategically located throughout the State.  Hydro-electric power should be encouraged.

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Tom Palzer:

I'm extremely concerned that some parents, school districts, and cities have lowered the bar in terms of what is acceptable behavior.  Extremes include liberal judges and administrators offering 'free zones' that coddle students rather than helping them face the realities of life and Common Core offering American History as an 'option.'  There's been a significant up-tick in liberal educational facilities and teachers and professors teaching only one side of an issue or ideology.  We should be demanding much, much more from our educators and not being afraid of firing educators who cannot pass their own courses.  Social media and fake news has evolved to the point that filters are needed to enjoin these providers in 'reporting' the news rather than 'making' the news.  Many people are given an entirely different and biased view of news that have illicited unlawful behavior.  

Total money raised: $0
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

I'm a constitutional conservative Republican having grown up in a Republican household.  I believe in the rule-of-law, traditional marriage, the Second Amendment, and oppose abortion -  I am pro-life.

I look at my home State as one falling behind in education (43rd of 50 states), number of welfare recipients, homeless, and unattended water resource and water quality needs.  The State is frought with corruption with the governor's office leading the way with ultra-left programs, including a plethora of taxes.  I believe the best governement is the one that promotes local, grass toots government to ensure public awareness and input in decision-making.  

I believe that the Constitution should be applied, not interpreted beyond the framers' intentions.  Less government.

by:  Tom Palzer

       Candidate for U.S. Senate

CALIFORNIA'S PRIMARY ELECTION SYSTEM IS FLAWED

Summary

The paper describes the current and proposed primary election sytem.  It describes initiative measure 17-0020, an initiative to repeal the Top Two law.

 

    April 11, 2018

 

 

 

CALIFORNIA’S PRIMARY ELECTION SYSTEM IS FLAWED

 

 

 

Our system of selecting our representatives is broken in California.  In 2011, the State enacted the Top Two Open Primary System.  The Top Two impacts congressional and state elective offices.  It allows only the top two vote recipients to move onto the general election.  In 2016, 34 candidates competed for the U.S. Senate in California.  Because of the Top Two, only the top two vote recipients moved on and they were members of the same political party.  Thus, 5 political parties and 32 candidates were dropped after the primary election. 

 

 

 

Proponents of the Top Two claimed that it would provide for more ‘moderate’ or ‘centrist’ candidates from which to choose in the primary election.  In the 3 elections held since 2010, when the Top Two legislation was adopted, more ‘liberal’ incumbents retained their seats and more ‘liberal’ candidates won the plurality of their races.¹

 

 

 

In August of 2017, I filed an initiative measure (17-0020)² to repeal the State’s Top Two law with the Secretary of State.  The initiative is currently in the signature gathering phase.  It’s intent if to remove the language of Proposition 14 that created the Top Two from the State’s Constitution.   Because it is a Constitutional Amendment, a minimum of 585,407 signatures is necessary to place the initiative on the primary election ballot.  The last day to sign a petition to repeal the Top Two is April 23, 2018.

 

 

 

If approved by the voters in November of 2018, the primary election system would be changed to allow the top vote recipient of each Party to appear on the general election ballot.  This is representative government as opposed to ‘manufactured’ government under the Top Two Law.

 

 

 

by:  Tom Palzer

 

        U.S. Senate Candidate

 

        Committee to Elect Tom Palzer U.S. Senate

 

        P.O Box 2413

 

        Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729

 

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¹Ballotpedia

 

² Secretary of State filing dated August 23, 2017.

 

Democratic
National Political Director
146,909 votes (2.2%)
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  • End political corruption. Save democracy. Get big money out of Politics.
  • Medicare for All
  • College for All
Profession:Nation Director of nonprofit; high school teacher
National Director, Wolf-PAC (2015–2017)
Teacher, Garden Grove Unified School District (2005–2015)
California State University Long Beach B.A., English Education with a minor in Sociology (2005)
Director of CA ballot initiative: overturn ban on publicly funded elections, Americans Take Action (2015–2016)
Volunteer California State Director, Wolf-PAC (2013–2015)
Volunteer to get money out of politics with direct action, 99Rise (2013–2014)
Volunteer to get transparency for political contributions, California Clean Money Campaign (2013–2013)
Volunteer for Orphanages in Kenya, Global Volunteer Network (2007–2007)

Public high school teacher for 10 years. Designed and taught intervention program for at-risk youth. National Director of political non-profit working to end political corruption by getting money out of politics.

 

Alison Hartson has spent her life in the service of others. For ten years she served as a public high school teacher in Garden Grove, CA serving low-income families who are primarily 1st and 2nd generation students from Mexico. She taught English and designed and taught an intervention program for students at risk of not graduating.

 

Alison saw up close how the corrupting influence of money in politics has created two realities in this country: one for the rich, and one for everyone else. Seeing this inspired her to spend 2013-2017 with Wolf-PAC, an organization dedicated to ending political corruption via a U.S. Constitutional Amendment tol overturn Citizens United and related cases. As the California State Director, Alison successfully led the passage of the California measure through the state legislature by organizing thousands of volunteers. She went on to be a National Director of Wolf-PAC where she was responsible for the long term strategic and operational planning of staff, 30,000+ volunteers, legislation, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission where they have now passed the measure in five states and have volunteer teams in almost all 50 states.

 

Alison has a proven track record of leadership and winning the causes she fights for, and you know she will fight for you because she has vowed not to take a dime of corporate nor PAC money. At this difficult moment for our nation, she is stepping up to provide a courageous voice for the working people of California.

Total money raised: $422,344

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

1
Employees of Levin Papantonio
$10,600
2
Employees of Some Character
$5,400
2
Employees of Tyt
$5,400
3
Employees of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
$2,700
3
Employees of United States Department of Homeland Security
$2,700

By State:

California 53.98%
Florida 8.90%
Massachusetts 6.96%
New York 5.51%
Other 24.65%
53.98%8.90%24.65%

By Size:

Large contributions (28.34%)
Small contributions (71.66%)
28.34%71.66%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Oligarchical Rule is Human Nature: We must save ourselves from ourselves

Summary

Changing the way elections are funded can help to solve our greed and lust for power.

Originally published November 29, 2017 

Among today’s hot topics from the 2016 presidential campaign is campaign finance reform. The list of monikers continues to grow: “Ending the corrupting influence of money in our political system,” “Getting money out of politics,” “Ending crony-capitalism.” Such a trend reflects the growing public awareness (75% to 97%, depending upon the poll) that our system is fundamentally broken in this specific way and people from across the political spectrum are fed up. Given these numbers, it is in fact quite likely that you, the reader, have a sense that our representative democracy is turning (or has already turned) into a plutocratic-oligarchy. But I’m not writing to tell you what you already know. I’m here to tell you about a solution.

As a former high-school teacher, I often taught my students to practice causal-analysis in order to determine how to solve a problem. I taught them that if one does not correctly identify the root cause of a problem, any perceived solutions will likely be misguided and, therefore, counterproductive. Spend a little more time to determine the root cause, and you will actually solve problems faster, not to mention actually solve them. Thankfully, there are countless scholars out there, from Professor Larry Lessig, author of Republic Lost, to Professor Peter Matthews, author of Dollar Democracy, who have done extensive research to prove what you and I have been sensing for quite some time: we are losing our democracy.

The reason that we are dealing with a crippling and growing imbalance of wealth and power in the United States is that the institutions with power are compelled in a number of ways to serve, not the public interest, but the private interests that can influence them with the most money. Public schools, prisons, police, firemen, military, healthcare — all of these are being systematically purchased and thus disseminated by powerful people for powerful people, without any interest (and often with a direct financial disincentive) toward helping anyone else. Not only is this terribly unrepresentative of the concerns and needs of the citizenry, it is also a breeding ground for such nefarious pursuits as corporate welfare, tax evasion, and monopolies that destroy small businesses. The entire phenomenon of these occurrences are closely related, and it is all unacceptable.

Studies show that wealth distribution in America is more extreme than any time since the Great Depression. One only has to Google the resources of monied interests gearing up for the 2016 election, which is still a year away, to see just an inkling of the problem. A 2014 Princeton study showed that over the course of 1800 policies since 1980, the “public will” had zero correlation to the policies implemented by our politicians, while there was a direct correlation between the richest one percent of the country and their preferred policies being adopted into law. Under no measure, technical or functional or visceral, is this a democracy. So how did we get here? How did we arrive at a system where laws are so heavily skewed to favor the extreme minority over the vast majority, even though everyone has a vote? The two-word answer is as simple as it is disconcerting: human nature.

If someone does something to help me, I will naturally feel inclined to help them in return, especially if this cycle leads them to helping me once again. We spend much of our lives thinking idealistically, and much of the rest of the time thinking pragmatically (or selfishly, sometimes), and the idea of helping others in order to help ourselves lies at the nexus of the two. Unfortunately, politicians do not rise above this basic human instinct.

This natural tendency to become corrupted by our own self-serving interests is what leads to political dysfunction and it begins with the way our campaigns are funded. The process can be summarized as follows: candidates raise money as they run for office (as much money as possible), then get elected, then write and vote for laws, then raise money again for their next election. If they don’t please the people who give them the bulk of their campaign money, they usually don’t win their next election; therefore, knowing this reality, they are beholden toward using their time in office to curry favor with those who are most likely to extend their careers with a future donation. What do people with a lot of money and power want in return for their donations? To keep their money and power, usually, which means to keep their potential competition (i.e. us) from getting their money and power as a result of would-be beneficial public policy. Institutions (healthcare, education, prisons) are structured by their laws, which are written by legislators, who seek campaign money. Period.

What this means is that in order to solve the problems in our country that you and I care about most, we have all got to talk about the boring details of how we finance our political candidate’s campaigns. As long as we can remember that those boring details end up ruining lives and our democratic republic as we know it, perhaps we can remain interested in this rather boring and opaque subject compared to the pet political issues we all have (mine include education, net neutrality and the environment, among others). Thus, despite its lack of flashiness, this is the most important issue on which to concentrate. It is the door that needs to be opened before any further progress can be made because everything that comes after that is what builds the house we live in: democracy or oligarchy.

In order to move forward, what we need to remember is that we do have the power to fix this. Voting is power. Knowledge is power. And these are powers that we cede to others with interests that may not match ours if we get so frustrated by the system that we decline to vote or learn about the issues we’re voting on. So, what you need to know is this: campaign finance is simply the way in which candidates fund their elections, be it for their staff or for expenses like ads, billboards, flyers, plane tickets, and so forth. The question we need to address is: How should campaigns be funded?

The reality is that there is more than one answer. We should and must overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision (and related cases), instill strong transparency laws, limit campaign contributions and expenditures, and fund our elections publicly. And we must employ a combination of these plans. The details of these solutions are a lot to cover, each of which deserves their own article, but the following is easy to digest:

· Transparency has been proven to cause the wealthy to reduce their contributions at least by a little, and to at least spread out their contributions so they don’t look like they’re favoring one politician over another. Transparency alone, however, simply serves to expose the problem, not fix it. Candidates who propose transparency as an answer to this problem are going in the right direction, but not far enough because it is not the root cause of the problem: how we fund our campaigns.

· Limits on individual contributions are also helpful, but can be easily circumvented, and thus are also not sufficient to tackle this problem. Limits also have another problem since Citizens United, alongside other Supreme Court decisions (the 2014 McCutcheon vs. FEC decision is one), made placing limits on some contributions and all expenditures unconstitutional, which means that a true fix would require a reversal of these decisions.

· The option of publicly funded elections directly deals with how campaigns are funded, thus providing a real solution to the root cause. Such elections level the playing field and allow average people like you and me to be able to run for office — usually people who share common experiences with us have ideas that relate to our lives more tangibly than the ideas of billionaires.

· Publicly funded elections can incorporate both transparency and caps on contributions and expenditures, even in the wake of Citizens United and McCutcheon.

· Publicly funded elections allow candidates to spend more time with the citizens who will be electing them since they–since we–are the ones funding their campaigns.

Unlike some common stereotypes, most politicians are not terrible people. They are people who want to keep their job and do as much good as possible within the broken system they are forced to operate under. It is up to us to fix that system. Like any other job, politicians work for whoever pays them, which means that they either work for their wealthy donors, or they work for the public. If we want strong transparency laws, and if we want to empower legislators to be able to stand up to Washington, we must change the way their campaigns are funded. If their human nature is to scratch backs in order to get theirs scratched, we must make sure that the citizens are the ones on the other side of that transaction, not the plutocrats. By changing the way elections are funded, we can free our elected officials from the corrupting influence of money in our political system, making elections fair enough that anyone can run for public office, not just millionaires and their allies. This is what publicly funded elections will do for us.

— May 25, 2018 Alison Hartson 2018

 Alison Hartson for U.S. Senate in California is fighting to put people before profit and policy before politics and party.

— May 25, 2018 Alison Hartson 2018

While income for the wealthiest 1% has spiked to historic highs, wages for every day workers have fallen behind. I'm running for U.S. Senate because it's time for Congress to stop playing partisan politics and start passing policies that benefit the rest of us.

Republican
Businessman/Land Developer
135,209 votes (2%)
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  • Revamp the immigration system to serve California's needs so that there are candidates available for every job that needs to be filled.
  • Lower the cost of health care, especially the 100 most prescribed medicines, so that everyone can benefit from life-extending advances.
  • Vocational training in jobs that can only be done here, and not outsourced to foreign countries, should be emphasized.
Profession:Businessman/Land developer
Owner, Self-employed real estate developer. (1978–current)
UNESCO, University Le Franc, Conalmex Anahuac, Instituto Patria UNAM. Doctor Honoris Causa International Business Embassador; Business Administration, Accounting, Bachelors, Physics and Math, Physics and Mathematics (current)

Rocky is a highly successful real estate developer with sites in 10 states and 6 foreign countries.  In California, he is the largest land owner in San Diego.

Well thought out homes, schools, offices and municipal services attracts population growth which is the key to economic prosperity.

When people leave, everyone suffers.

We must continue to make California the dream it always has been for in-migration.

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

I would support any and all methods, including triple tax free bonds, any combination of tax free bonds and user fees. We have to make it more attractive for investors to commit funds to improve infrastructure thereby creating jobs and growing the economy.  Tax breaks on bonds are one solution.  Finding innovative ways for equity investors to profit from an infrastructure investment in the same manner as in profit-making enterprise is another.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We need comprehensive health care reform that balances the need of health care with the cost of providing the same. The single most important key to staying healthy is regular visits to a physician. To overcome the present shortage, I would make medical school free providing that graduates spend 5-10 years in their local communities providing free care for a modest salary. The cost of the most popular medications must be dramatically reduced so that all who need them can afford to have them even if they lack insurance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

We need comprehensive immigration reform that UNITES and not divides FAMILIES and that recognizes undocumented workers to be assets rather than liabilities. It isn't logical to suggest that we can deport 13 million plus immigrants anymore than it is logical to suggest that we cannot deport the small percentage who have committed felonies. We most create a more intelligent effective and efficient on welcoming immigrants to our borders. California should lead on this issue. We need to create a more logical path for citizenship so our families are united and our economies grow. Doing nothing is the worse option, we most act on this immediately.

 

 

 

 

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

 

 

 

We need to secure and expand all water sources. California needs to import water from near by states to increase supply line. We need reservoirs and more undergrown storage. California cannot grow without water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Roque "Rocky" De La Fuente:

 

 

 

Civility must be made into a civic virtue. It has to be accomplished by education, by the community and by the media. We must respect and be kinder to each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inclusion in a meaningful life must be the purpose of education.  Everyone has a role to play in the community.  Graduates must be prepared to start on a lifelong journey and then continue to improve themselves through lifelong education. 

People who feel left out are motivated to diminish the enjoyment of others.  We must be sure that everyone is included in.

California must have more low-cost world-class universities and research centers.

Summary

Every student is Europe is guaranteed a free university education through graduate school, if qualified. The most precious asset of any community are its smartest children who can be measured at an early age. 

High intelligence cannot go to waste and instead must be turned into a professional life of 50 years or longer than will benefit everyone by having access to more well-trained physicians, lawyers and educators.

To come

Rocky -- a man who likes all people. — May 15, 2018 Campaign

Rocky favorite form of entertainment is meeting people.  He loves to go to public parks and interact with new friends to play chess and backgammon.

Everyone should do the same and make a gift of yourself to others.

Campaign — May 15, 2018

Roque meeting and greeting people of every background, ethnicity, race, religion and national origin.

Democratic
Civil Rights Attorney
126,837 votes (1.9%)
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  • Get Corporate Money Out Of Politics
  • Medicare For All
  • National Legalization of Cannabis
Profession:Civil Rights Attorney

Pat Harris Biography

Pat Harris is an unapologetic progressive running for US Senate from the State of California in the 2018 election against incumbent, Dianne Feinstein.

Pat entered this race because he strongly believes that it is time for fresh leadership representing all people of California, not just the 1%. He believes it is time to reform the Democratic party back to what it used to be – a party that represents the voiceless – the working people of America. To achieve that, he believes it’s time for a truly progressive leader who is ready to not only fight the Trump agenda but can set a strong  vision for California to act as a blueprint for the rest of the country.

To achieve this, Pat firmly believes the first order of business is to get corporate money out of politics. He supports overturning Citizens United and will fight to ensure that our elections and politicians can no longer be bought by PAC’s or big lobbying groups like the NRA, Big Pharma or Big Oil.

His vision for America includes passing legislation that will provide Medicare for All, tuition-free college, real immigration reform, criminal justice reform and a transition to a green economy run on 100% renewables. He believes in addressing California’s most pressing issues through building more affordable housing to address homelessness, providing student debt relief, improving public education, upgrading our crumbling infrastructure with increased public works spending, implementing paid parental leave for all working men and women, and supporting common-sense gun safety legislation.

Pat recognizes a once-in-a-generation opportunity for progressives to rise up and lead a real political revolution in this country. He believes that by bringing all voices to the table and by putting forward a truly progressive agenda, we can realize the dreams of a vast majority of Californians.  

 

Early Life

Pat grew up in a middle class family in a small farming community in Arkansas.  His father was an industrial engineer at the local shoe factory and his mother was an 8th grade history teacher.  From his parents, Pat learned the deep importance of listening, hard work, and empathy. Pat’s mother, a powerful influence in his life, sparked his deep connection to politics, having him go door-to-door to pass out candidate cards during electoral races when he was a teenager and reminding him that WE are our brother’s and sister’s keepers.

Pat graduated from the University of Arkansas where he was awarded the J. William Fulbright Award as the outstanding history student.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in the state of Arkansas.  In 1993, he graduated with a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

Legal Career

For the past 23 years, Pat has practiced law, first in Tennessee as a public defender, later working in private practice as a criminal defense attorney, and most recently as a civil rights attorney. Pat believes as a nation dedicated to the rule of law, everyone deserves the right to a fair trial and that our very freedom is built on the foundation of the justice system – something that Pat writes about extensively in his book, Mistrial: An Inside Look at How the Criminal Justice System Works…and Sometimes Doesn’t.  Pat is also the co-author of The Woman Who Wouldn’t Talk, the New York Times Bestseller account of Susan McDougal’s experiences surrounding the Whitewater Investigation.

Throughout his career, Pat has taken on some of the most powerful corporations in the country including Pfizer, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and a number of large insurance companies. He has never backed down from fighting the establishment and has a proven-track record of winning difficult battles, including taking on the Catholic Church over the abuse of children. Much of his civil rights work was spent representing Hispanic, Black and Armenian minority communities against cases involving excessive force, wrongful death, and false imprisonment involving law enforcement.

Current Life

 

Pat lives in Los Angeles with his wife Carol, a Canadian jazz singer and pianist. Together, they have two dogs, Lucy and Boomer, and spend time working as ardent animal rights activists. In his free time, Pat is an absolute sports fanatic, having worked for the Texas Rangers Baseball Team; his favorite sport is College Football. Pat has lived in California for over 20 years and would be honored to serve a state that he views as so visionary and loves so deeply.

Total money raised: $91,017

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

1
Employees of martinian and associates
$20,970
2
Employees of Frieling, Patricia
$5,400
3
Employees of Art's Bakery
$4,100
4
Employees of Kopp, Sheperd
$4,000
5
Employees of Yeretsian, Azniv
$3,000

By State:

California 87.98%
7.21%
Colorado 1.67%
Texas 1.11%
Other 2.02%
87.98%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.54%)
Small contributions (1.46%)
98.54%

By Type:

From organizations (3.82%)
From individuals (96.18%)
96.18%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Republican
Bus Driver
93,702 votes (1.4%)
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  • Restore God-given right to life for all human beings from conception until natural death.
  • Defend Constitutionally guaranteed rights that are under attack, including free speech, liberty of conscience, and right to keep and bear arms.
  • Support balanced budget amendment, restore fiscal accountability, foster strong economic opportunities through deregulation.
Profession:Bus Driver
bus driver / transportation coordinator, Forest Lake Christian School, Auburn CA (2006–current)
public transit bus driver, County of Nevada, Nevada City CA (2006–current)
public transit bus driver, First Transit Inc., Kankakee IL (2004–2006)
public transit bus driver, First Transit Inc., Fairfax & Prince William Counties VA (2002–2004)
city letter carrier, U.S. Postal Service, Falls Church VA (1994–2002)
U.S. Army Wheeled Vehicle Operator School certificate, tractor-trailer operation (1997)
U.S. Army Ordnance Officer Basic Course certificate, U.S. Army ordnance / maintenance system (1992)
Pennsylvania Army National Guard Officer Candidate School certificate, Army officer training (1990)
Valley Forge Christian College teaching (1985)
U.S. Navy Storekeeper Class "A" School certificate, U.S. Navy supply system (1978)
Royal Rangers assistant, Christ Chapel, Woodbridge VA (1994–1996)
Sunday school teacher, Grace Assembly of God, Spring City PA (1983–1984)
soccer & basketball coach, Tidewater Christian Academy, Norfolk VA (1981–1981)
soccer coach, Boys Club, Norfolk VA (1980–1980)

I'm 58 years old. I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and have lived in Virginia, Illinois, and California. My wife, Rodli, and I have been married for 37 years. We have six children and six grandchildren. I'm a veteran of the Navy and of the Army National Guard. My civilian work experience includes: warehouse worker, private security guard, public library assistant, delivery driver, postal service letter carrier, and bus driver. I have been a bus driver for 16 years and a California resident for 12 years.

I have set the following goals to help me become better qualified to be a candidate for United States Senate:

1) Memorize the United States Constitution.

2) Follow the Congressional Record, especially the Senate Record.

3) Familiarize myself with the United States Senate Rules of Order.

4) Communicate effectively and respond compassionately to the needs and concerns of the people of California.

1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from John "Jack" Crew:

Remove programs from the Highway Trust Fund that are not federal in nature or fail to reduce congestion, enhance mobility, or improve safety in cost-effective ways.

Reform the federal role in transit funding. Phase out the federal transit program and its funding over a five-year period, thus refocusing the Highway Trust Fund on its core mission and restoring the integrity of the “user pays, user benefits” model.

Reform the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to streamline the environmental review process and accelerate transportation and infrastructure projects, generating cost savings.

Identify and appropriately address federal barriers to the use of public-private partnership (PPP or P3) agreements. Public-private partnerships can increase efficiency, lower taxpayer risk, and spur private investment in infrastructure projects.

Limit Highway Trust Fund spending to available revenue. Instead of hiking taxes to fund new federal spending, Congress should eliminate diversions out of the HTF to focus existing funding on the core mission of the federal highway program. 

Defund the Obama Administration’s livability program, which is meant to “coerce people out of their cars,” according to former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Livability programs are politically driven and mark federal government over-reach into the lives of citizens.

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from John "Jack" Crew:

Medicaid is an existing government-sponsored health care system that provides a right to health care for low-income people. Medicare is an existing government-sponsored health care system that provides health care for senior citizens.

Universal government-sponsored health care is neither economically feasible nor ethically sound. I agree with what Ronald Reagan said: "one of the traditional methods of imposing statism or socialism on a people has been by way of medicine," and once socialized medicine is instituted, "behind it will come other federal programs that will invade every area of freedom."

In the United Kingdom, where universal government-sponsored health care has been instituted, the right of parents to determine whether their own child will be allowed to live or die has already been taken away in the infamous cases of Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans. Such atrocities must never be allowed to occur here.

 

 

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Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from John "Jack" Crew:

I supported President Trump’s immigration policy that was rejected by the Senate in February, because it strengthened border security, dealt compassionately with illegal immigrants brought to this country as children, ended extended-family chain migration by limiting family sponsorships to spouses and minor children, and eliminated the Visa Lottery which is a national security threat. I believe that further compromise on illegal immigration will only perpetuate the crisis we are facing. I believe that any unnecessarily harsh measures that must be used to end our illegal immigration crisis must be blamed on Senators who are unwilling to accept this sound and reasonable immigration policy.

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

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5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

No answer provided.

I will promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. I will work to promote and pass a Constitutional amendment acknowledging that human life begins at conception, thus restoring the God-given right to life for every human being in our nation. I will give this matter the highest priority, and encourage every other elected official to do the same until it comes to pass.

Abortion

Summary

Abortion-on-demand is a crime against humanity that must be ended.

In the last 45 years over 60 million innocent, defenseless human beings who have no ability to speak for themselves have been slaughtered in this country. This is a crime against humanity. This is an atrocity of the same magnitude as the American slave trade or the Nazi holocaust. Thousands more will be killed today, and tomorrow, and every day until we put a stop to it.

If there’s no Creator who has given us unalienable rights as human beings, and if there’s no Judge to Whom we’re ultimately accountable for our actions as individuals and as nations, then we have no real grounds for defending the right to life or any other human right. But if there is such a Creator and Judge, I believe we ought to be trembling right now because of the just punishment that awaits our nation if we don’t rise up and put an end to this atrocity that has already saturated our land with the blood of the innocents.

To bring an end to this slaughter a law must be passed defining that human life begins when human parents conceive human offspring. To permanently protect the innocent and defenseless from future threats of slaughter there must be an amendment to the U.S. Constitution making the same definition.

I recommend that every American who desires to protect these innocent and defenseless victims who cannot speak for themselves should write, e-mail, and call their Senators and Representatives in Washington respectfully but firmly demanding an end to the slaughter. Here's a suggested letter:
"Dear Senator or Congressman _______ :
Please end the destruction of innocent, defenseless human beings that is taking place in this country. Please sponsor legislation defining that human life begins at conception. Thank you."
You can find the contact information for your U.S. Senators and Representative at this link: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.

"Open your mouth for the mute, in the cause of all who are appointed to destruction." (Proverbs 31:8)
"Rescue those who are being led away to death! Indeed, hold back those who are staggering to the slaughter! (Proverbs 24:11)

Many women experiencing a crisis pregnancy have been pressured to have an abortion. If you are being pressured to have an abortion, please consider the following link for counseling and assistance: 
http://www.theunchoice.com/pregnancyhelp.htm.
If you have already had an abortion and are suffering post-abortion trauma, please consider the following link for help and healing:
http://afterabortion.org/help-healing/.

Thank you and God bless you.

Economic Policy

Summary

The free-market economy that has made our nation thrive must be preserved and strengthened.

One of the stated purposes of the United States Constitution is to “promote the general welfare.” A key aspect of promoting the general welfare of the American people must be to enact government economic policies that will enable us to prosper. From the beginning of our nation, we have had a free-market economy. According to one definition, a free market is an idealized system in which the prices for goods and services are determined by the open market and consumers, in which the laws and forces of supply and demand are free from any intervention by a government, price-setting monopoly, or other authority.

I believe the following discerning statements quoted from Economics in One Lesson, by Henry Hazlitt [pages 191-211] are instructive for good government economic policy.

“Economics is the science of tracing the effects of some proposed or existing policy not only on some special interest in the short run, but on the general interest in the long run.”
“…when we study the effects of various proposals, not merely on special groups in the short run, but on all groups in the long run, the conclusions we arrive at usually correspond with those of unsophisticated common sense.”
“There is no more certain way to deter employment than to harass and penalize employers. There is no more certain way to keep wages low than to destroy every incentive to investment in new and more efficient machines and equipment.”
“…[increased] taxation has not brought revenues to keep pace with ever more reckless government spending and schemes for redistributing wealth. The result has been to bring chronic and growing government budget deficits, and therefore chronic and mounting inflation.”
“[Many] politicians continue to ignore the necessity of profits,…to denounce unusual profits anywhere, to tax them excessively, and sometimes even to deplore the very existence of profits.”
“More and more people are becoming aware that government has nothing to give them without first taking it away from somebody else—or from themselves.”
“There is a real promise that public policy may be reversed before the damage from existing measures and trends has become irreparable.”

I believe that our government has an essential responsibility of making provision for the poor. Such provision must be made, however, not by penalizing productivity and profits, but by encouraging and rewarding them. Government economic policies that enable individuals, businesses, and corporations to thrive and prosper will promote national wealth and increase the resources from which the poor may be provided, both through private charity programs and public welfare programs. The wealth from which the poor will be provided must be produced—it does not appear out of thin air. Government cannot produce wealth—it can only manage wealth with which it is entrusted through tax revenues.

If I am elected to the United States Senate, I will promote and vote for economic policies that give incentives for productivity and profits, because I believe this is the most effective way to fulfill the Constitutional mandate to “promote the general welfare.” There will no doubt always be some, both rich and poor, who abuse the system by taking as much as they can while giving as little as possible. But this can never be remedied by punishing the vast majority of honorable citizens through economic policies that hinder the general welfare rather than promoting it.

Foundation of Liberty

Summary

Our American liberties are the result of the faith of our fathers.

I believe it is a mistaken and dangerous notion that our American liberties can rest on any other than a moral foundation. This was the belief of the founders of our nation.
Two days after the opening of the First Continental Congress in 1774, they began the practice of beginning each day’s session with prayer, a practice that carried over to the United States Congress and has continued to this day. Here is the first prayer of the Continental Congress (offered by Reverend Jacob Duché, Rector of Christ Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania):
“O Lord, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings and Lord of lords: who dost from thy throne behold all the dwellers upon earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all kingdoms, empires and governments; look down in mercy, we beseech thee, upon these our American states, who have fled to thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves upon thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth to be dependent only on thee.
To thee have they appealed for the righteousness of their cause; to thee do they now look up, for that countenance and support which thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in council, valor in the field. Defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause; and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, O let the voice of thy unerring justice sounding in their hearts constrain them to drop the weapons of war from their unnerved hands in the day of battle!
Be thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the counsels of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation, that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that harmony and peace may effectually be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety prevail and flourish amongst thy people. Preserve the health of their bodies and the vigor of their minds; shower down upon them and the millions they represent such temporal blessings as thou seest expedient for them in this world, and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ thy son, our Savior. Amen.”
The Declaration of Independence, signed by delegates to the Second Continental Congress in 1776, begins with these words:
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed…”
and ends with these words:
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
The Constitution of the United States was signed by delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. 
Article 6 prohibits religious discrimination in the qualification for any public office:
“… no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.”
Article 7 acknowledges that our civil calendar is dated from the birth of Jesus Christ:
“Done in Convention by the Unanimous Consent of the States present the Seventeenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven…”
The First Amendment to the Constitution places two specific restrictions on Congress in regard to religious liberty:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
There was a compelling reason why the people demanded a Bill of Rights to be added to the Constitution. The liberties addressed in these first ten amendments had been denied to them or their ancestors over the course of the preceding centuries. And there was a very specific reason why the First Amendment begins with the issue of religious liberty. Many of the inhabitants of the colonies, or their ancestors, had fled to America to escape religious persecution. Many in England (and other countries) had been imprisoned and even put to death simply because they belonged to the “wrong” church or worshiped in a manner that was not approved by the state. 
The intent of the founding fathers in regard to religious liberty, as clearly seen in the First Amendment, was to prevent the state from dictating compulsory religious observance, and to protect the free exercise of religion. The founders of our nation were strongly against religious persecution and religious discrimination. But they were strongly for religion and morality.
Here are a few representative statements of the founders:
John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
George Washington: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.”
Benjamin Franklin: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
Samuel Adams: “While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued, but when once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties.” 
Our founding fathers believed in a higher law to which men and nations are accountable. They appealed to the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God. They held certain truths to be self-evident; in particular, that all men are created equal, and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights. They appealed to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of their intentions. And they proceeded with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence to secure our cherished liberties. It befits us to acknowledge and appreciate the faith and courage of our fathers that have secured for us these liberties.
George Washington proclaimed: “…it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor…”
Our American liberties rest on the God who alone has the unchallenged authority to grant them. If there is a living God who is our Creator and Judge, and we choose not to acknowledge Him or give thanks, then we will proceed at our own peril to build on a false foundation that cannot sustain the liberties with which we have been entrusted.

Republican
Civil Rights Advocate
89,800 votes (1.3%)
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1
Employees of Kelso Management
$540
2
Employees of Minshall, Veita
$500
3
Employees of Rawson, Courtland
$400
3
Employees of Snyder, Erik C
$400
4
Employees of Hone, Frederick
$200

By State:

Texas 38.15%
California 30.56%
Florida 10.30%
Colorado 9.54%
Other 11.45%
38.15%30.56%10.30%9.54%11.45%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.54%)
Small contributions (0.46%)
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Republican
Wireless Safety Advocate
87,569 votes (1.3%)
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  • Stop the 5G and Internet of Things Roll Out Due To Clear Evidence of Wireless Radiation Health Effects (www.Bioinitiative.org)
  • Hold Accountable the Wireless Companies, CTIA (Their Lobby Group), Industry Captured FCC and Senator Thune for the suffering, disease, and death as a result of wireless radiation exposure (www.saferEMR.com and Google: FCC Captured Agency Harvard).
  • Support a robust economy with a massive expansion of Freeways, Light Rail and Roads. Fight for children's right for a Quality Education with highly qualified teachers. Push for more funding for police officers to patrol our neighborhoods.
Profession:Whistleblower Re:Wireless Radiation Health Effects

I'm a life long Republican.

I have Masters Degree from UCLA and B.A. in Business and Economics with a minor in Government Law from Lafayette College.

My full time vocation is Whistleblower Regarding Wireless Radiation Health Effects

 

Vote for Kevin Mottus, Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate (http://www.KevinForSenate2018.com). I will protect the constitutional rights of every Californian beginning with the fight to stop the rollout of the new wireless technology 5G and the Internet of Things which will require and force a cell tower transmitter in front of every 2-12 homes emitting high density, high frequency wireless microwave Radio Frequency radiation (24Ghz – 90Ghz) without your notification, without your permission, without you having any say, and with no legal way for you to stop it.

 

5G and IoT violates our most basic rights as Americans. 5G is a Federal impingement on our local property owner’s rights. It violates our rights to privacy as these transmitters are designed to collect information about what happens in your home to be sold to the highest bidder. 5G violates our right to protect our families and loved ones as we have CLEAR EVIDENCE that wireless radiation can cause Cancer, DNA Damage, Neurological Disorders, Immune System Dysfunction and Damage Human Fertility ($25 million U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Toxicology Program study).

 

Released last week a very large Ramazzini Institute study, Confirmed the results of the NTP study that wireless can cause cancer below our current FCC safety guidelines at levels 60-1500 times lower than levels tested in the NTP study. Importantly this study was designed to look at cell tower radiation exposures. See my website for additional studies you can download and expert medical doctor and scientist testimonies regarding the Dangers of 5G.

 

Studies have shown for decades that RF Radiation has sub-thermal biological effects below our current FCC guidelines (google: Naval Medical Research Institute 1972).

 

5G violates our most basic civil and human rights and needs to be stopped (180 medical doctors and scientists demand a moratorium on 5G). If you have symptoms of microwave sickness: headaches, dizziness, mental confusion, heart palpitations, tingling in extremities, body aches, nosebleeds, difficulty sleeping etc. when you are near wireless transmitters please contact us. If you would like to become involved in pushing back against the rollout of 5G and Internet of Things contact us at 5GisHarmful@gmail.com.

 

The wireless companies, CTIA their lobby group, industry captured FCC, Senator Thune must be held responsible for the suffering, disease, and death they have already caused as a result of wireless radiation exposure (Google: FCC Captured Agency Harvard).

 

In addition, I will fight for your right to be able to Get To Work and support a robust economy with a massive expansion of Freeways, Light Rail and Roads. I will fight for your child’s right to a Quality Education ensuring that our most highly trained and qualified Californians lead our classrooms. I will fight for more funding for police officers to patrol our neighborhoods and get back to Neighborhood Policing.

 

I swear to protect the health, wellbeing and prosperity of every Californian.

VOTE FOR KEVIN MOTTUS FOR U.S. SENATE

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Jerry Joseph Laws

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67,060 votes (1%)
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Retired Attorney
59,922 votes (0.9%)
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Profession:Engineer Lawyer Market-Military-Politics Analyst
http://www.derrickmreid.com/resume, Self (1975–2009)
CSULB, UC Berkeley, USC, Western State University B.S.E.E. J.D. (current)

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1.
Question 1

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Eliminate systemic wealth transfers and corruption, to promote economic activity, to increase tax collections, to fund national  infrastructure builds.  

2.
Question 2

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Distributed health clinics. 

3.
Question 3

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Paths to citizenship in compromise to reduced future immigration. 

4.
Question 4

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Eliminate wealth transfers and corruption, to promote economic activity, to increase tax collection, so California can fund state infrastructure builds.

5.
Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

Answer from Derrick Michael Reid:

Common ground will be sought between democrats and republicans, to solve our many problems. 

Congressional rancor is undignified. As a moderate and a uniter, there will be increased civility to political functions. 

 

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Classic liberal supporting civil liberties and freedoms, supporting indigents and the working poor, and opposing regime change wars. Christian. Social and fiscal Conservative

A Comprehensive solution set to solve the major systemic problems facing California and the Nation

Summary

20 years analysis of our social and economic fabric has led to devising the comprehensive solution set. 

 

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US Senate Run 2018

Democratic
Community Advocate
56,119 votes (0.8%)
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Missing Children's Advocate
42,574 votes (0.6%)
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