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District 23 — U.S. House of Representatives

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About this office

Representatives are elected to two-year terms to represent the people of a specific congressional district in the federal government. They introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and are responsible for approving federal taxes.
For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election advance to the general election. The two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Candidates

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Wendy Reed

Democratic
Business Manager / Community Advocate
Top 3 Priorities
  1. My top priority is bringing resources for our district,...
  2. My second priority to restore representative government...
  3. Third, I will refocus our national budget on the needs...
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Ken Mettler

Republican
Independent Businessman
Top 3 Priorities
  1. Fiscal Responsibility
  2. Free Markets
  3. Constitutional Limited Government
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Kevin McCarthy

Republican
Representative
76,166 votes (55.5%)Winning
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Contributions

Total money raised: $8,921,533

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

1
Goldman Sachs and employees
$67,800
2
Farmers Insurance Group and employees
$57,500
3
Altria Group and employees
$56,500
4
Amgen and employees
$43,750
5
Employees of California Resources Corporation
$37,600

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By State:

California 33.30%
District of Columbia 17.54%
Virginia 7.08%
Texas 6.44%
Other 35.64%
33.30%17.54%35.64%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.62%)
Small contributions (0.38%)
99.62%

By Type:

From organizations (45.06%)
From individuals (54.94%)
45.06%54.94%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

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Email campaign@mccarthyforcongress.com
Democratic
Businesswoman/Community Advocate
37,696 votes (27.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • My top priority is bringing resources for our district, to improve our infrastructure, build our economy, and improve our health and safety. We must have wise investment from federal funds to face the challenges ahead.
  • My second priority to restore representative government for my district and for our nation. Our Congressmen represent campaign donors and lobbyists instead of the real people of their district. Our self-representation must not be for sale. .
  • Third, I will refocus our national budget on the needs and priorities of real people. We are currently redistributing our taxes to corporations and the very rich, through excessive tax breaks and tax dodging. People must come first.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Business Manager / Community Advocate
Administrator, Antelope Valley Conservancy (2013–current)
Business Owner/Self Employed, Advant-Edge (1993–current)
Associate Director,, Antelope Valley Resource Conservation District — Appointed position (2002–2006)
Committee Member,, Citizens Advisory Committee, Trails and Open Space, City of Lancaster — Appointed position (2006–2006)
District Representative,, National Recreational Trails Fund Grant Selection Committee-CA — Appointed position (1996–1998)

Education

California State University Northridge Master of Public Administration with Distinction (2007)
California State University Bakersfield BA Communication cum laude, (Emphasis in Public Relations, Minor in Economics) (2004)

Community Activities

Stakeholder Member, , Antelope Valley Integrated Regional Water Mgmt Plan w/ Flood Committee and Climate Change Committee (2009–2013)
Founder and Director, , Antelope Valley Conservancy (2005–2012)
Member, , Antelope Valley Illegal Dumping Task Force (2008–2012)
Member, , Association of Rural Town Councils (2008–2012)
Committee Member, , Mojave Desert Climate Change Adaptation Workshop, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center (2011–2011)

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 Wendy Reed:

Yes, not only must immigration laws must be changed, but our economic system which turns a blind eye to the exploitation of undocumented labor must be changed.  I support standards of living wages, equal pay for equal work, and workplace safety, none of which are possible in industries reliant on undocumented workers.  In the workplace and in the community, these workers have no voice and no rights.  They cannot seek law enforcement or emergency services in fear of deportation or retaliation.  They pay taxes but cannot file tax returns.  They pay Social Security but can never receive Social Security at retirement.  I will seek to address the underlying employment issues of these industries, to increase enforcement of labor laws, and to protect hard-working, law-abiding American families from being torn apart due to immigration technicalities.  The United States of America is a nation of immigrants, and our current practices in enforcing archaic immigration laws with inadequate facilities and understaffed legal processes, are barbaric.  The costs -- to our taxpayers and in human suffering -- are unacceptable.

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 Wendy Reed:
The most constructive step to reducing partisanship in government is to end our pay-to-play political process and get money out of politics. As long as "representatives" sell influence for campaign contributions, they will represent campaign donors instead of the people, and the gridlock between greed and the public good will continue. The wisest solutions are to reinstate the protections we used to have -- campaign limits, conflict of interest laws, media regulation, the Fairness Doctrine --- and to move to publicly funded elections. In many countries, self-government is a collaborative, cooperative process. In America, we have lost sight of what self-governance is supposed to be, and we have replaced it with a perpetual competitive reality show that distracts us from the real issues. I will work to restore governance by and for the people by getting money out of politics and moving toward publicly funded elections. But you may ask, "How will you get that done in this atmosphere of intractable partisanship?" Periodically in American history we have had to hit the reset button, and "throw the bums out". I believe that 2016 is going to be one of those times, and I assume that not only will the Democratic Party regain majority control in the federal government, but that the Democrats elected will be progressives and not neo-liberals. In my campaign I see Americans from far-right Tea Partiers to far-left Berners agreeing that Congress doesn't represent us. Americans agree on over 80% of social issues. America faces serious challenges and Americans want our government to focus on solutions. Americans seem ready for a change, and I think the gridlock is about to end.
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 Wendy Reed:

I support a strong military, in defense as well as in strategic alliance offensive action, and an important component of that commitment is our commitment to our veterans.  I do not, however, support the use of United States military forces for private goals, such as takeover of natural resources, or regime change for banking interests, etc.  Our nation's greatest security arises when we approach the world with respect, and compassionate economic cooperation instead of imperialism and destructive interference.  Terrorism usually stems from bitter hatred and a desire for retaliation, and it will not end if we act entitled to what rightfully belongs to them. 

That said, our national security in 2016 is as much a cyber-world as it is a physical world, and strong technological development must continue in order to secure our computer-operated power, transportation, and communication networks.  I support investment in technology and infrastructure that constantly improves our ability to withstand terrorist attacks.

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 Wendy Reed:

I will promote legislation and budget priorities that prioritize human needs for water, protect clean water supplies, invest into water technologies and delivery infrastructure, incentivize modernization of agricultural technologies, and reduce the wasteful uses of water including for-profit uses that do not fairly reimburse taxpayers.  In light of our growing population and changing weather patterns, we must advance our water usage beyond 19th Century ways of thinking.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $44,469

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

1
Wendy Reed
$11,209
2
Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen
$3,000
2
California Democratic Party
$3,000
3
Employees of Advocacy & Philanthropy
$2,700
4
Employees of ETA Advertising
$2,500

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By State:

California 72.24%
Ohio 9.92%
District of Columbia 6.61%
Michigan 6.61%
Other 4.63%
72.24%9.92%

By Size:

Large contributions (68.04%)
Small contributions (31.96%)
68.04%31.96%

By Type:

From organizations (35.55%)
From individuals (64.45%)
35.55%64.45%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Republican
Independent Businessman
17,738 votes (12.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Fiscal Responsibility
  • Free Markets
  • Constitutional Limited Government

Experience

Experience

Profession:Independent Businessman
President, KLM Omni, Inc. (2006–current)
Trustee, Kern High School District — Elected position (2006–2010)

Education

University of California MPA, Public Administration (1975)

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $41,765

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

1
Ken Mettler
$20,372
2
Employees of San Joaquin Fertilizer
$3,000
3
Employees of Tumlin Construction
$2,700
4
Employees of Attorney At Law
$1,000
4
Employees of Irrigation Concepts
$1,000

More information about contributions

By State:

California 98.47%
Texas 1.53%
98.47%

By Size:

Large contributions (80.48%)
Small contributions (19.52%)
80.48%19.52%

By Type:

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

Candidate Contact Info

Email ken@kenmettler.com
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Gerald Morris

Republican
Gun Room Salesman
5,734 votes (4.2%)
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