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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election

District 51U.S. House of RepresentativesJune 5, 2018California Primary Election

United States
June 5, 2018California Primary Election

U.S. House of RepresentativesDistrict 51

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.
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Courier Driver
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  • Stop the Drive to World War III! Oppose US militarism!
  • Defend immigrants! Disband ICE and open the borders!
  • Put an end to poverty and social inequality! Defend democratic rights! Oppose Internet censorship!
Profession:Courier Driver

Kevin Mitchell, 30, studied film at the University of California Riverside and was raised in Southern California. Based in San Diego, he is a writer for the World Socialist Web Site and covers issues ranging from immigration to homelessness and the social crisis. He also contributes regularly to articles on film and culture. Kevin joined the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in 2007 after having been radicalized by the Iraq War and the SEP’s intervention in the 2006 midterm elections.

1.
Question 1

 

Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?

 

Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

No, I believe everyone has the right to live and work in any country of their choosing, free of harassment and government abuse.  I call for an end to deportations and the attacks on immigrants and for open borders and the abolition of ICE and the Border Patrol.

2.
Question 2

 

Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?

 

Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

No, I call for the dismantling of the border wall and for open borders.  Workers have no countries.  

3.
Question 3

 

Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?

 

Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

Yes, however, although I believe it is far too easy for the wrong people to get their hands on military-grade weapons, I believe gun control is used as a way to keep tabs on the population and take away their democratic rights.  I believe the issue of gun violence in America has a deeper cause that has to do with the sickness of American society and its glorification of police and military violence.  To do away with mass violence, we must do away with the source, capitalism.  

4.
Question 4

 

Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?

 

Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

I oppose NAFTA, but not from a nationalist, right-wing perspective, but from a left-wing, internationalist one.  I call for the unification of Mexican and American workers against transnational corporations as part of the struggle for a world socialist economy.

5.
Question 5

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

Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

I would support any legislation which would improve access to health care for all Americans, but this is imposible under the for-profit health industry.  I call for free, socialized medicine for all, which would be paid for by nationalizing the health and insurance companies in the interest of working people and not corporations.

Kevin Mitchell is running on a socialist, anti-war and anti-capitalist program in the interests of the working class in California and around the world.  He opposes all forms of national chauvinism, racism and anti-immigrant baiting. He will fight to unify all workers in California, the United States and internationally and prepare the working class for the historic struggles that lie ahead. He opposes both the Democrats and Republicans and their ruling class agenda of war, social counterrevolution, and dictatorship.

His political party, the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) advances a program not for the improvement of capitalism, but for its abolition and replacement by socialism.This means an end to the private ownership of the large corporations and their transformation into publicly owned enterprises under the democratic control of the working class. To provide quality jobs to all those who need them, the SEP calls for a multitrillion-dollar public works program to rebuild crumbling infrastructure throughout the country. 

The SEP fights for the right of workers to live and work in any country they wish. Mitchell demands the immediate end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids as well as the detention and deportation of immigrants. The SEP opposes all national prejudice and insists that workers in the US, immigrant and native-born, share a common fight against the bosses and billionaires who exploit them.

The fight for peace, equality and democracy is inseparable from a fight against the capitalist system, which subordinates the global economy to a criminal financial elite. The oligarchs control the political system and both major parties. To defend their rights, workers need their own party.

Mitchell's campaign is not simply about votes. It is an important part of the fight to build a socialist movement and provide a political alternative to the masses of workers and youth who are looking for a way forward. He urges you to get involved in the campaign. Now is the time to take up an active fight for socialism!

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Deputy Sheriff
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  • End the deportation of US Soldiers, Veterans, and their families.
  • Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour immediately.
  • Increase social security benefits, pensions and medical care.
Profession:Deputy Sheriff
Deputy Sheriff, County of San Diego (2007current)
Director, Deported Veterans of America — Appointed position (2014current)
San Diego State University Bachelor of Science in Applied Arts and Sciences, Criminal Justice Administration (1997)
Member, Fraternal Order of Eagles (2017current)
Member, American Legion (2016current)
Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars (2016current)
Founder, Deported Veterans of America (2014current)

At the age of four, Juan Carlos “Charlie” Mercado and his Mother were abandoned by his Father. Months after, his Mother passed away.

Charlie had no choice but to find work throughout his childhood as a piñata maker, and a field worker.

After high school, Charlie attended San Diego State University and enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He graduated as Cadet Commander, first in his class, and as a Commissioned Officer. He also served in Iraq as an infantry soldier.

To help veterans deal with the cruelty of deportation and inform everyone, Charlie established the help center “Deported Veterans of America” and authored the books “Fate of a Deported Veteran” and “Fe Americana.”

Due to Charlie’s exhausting work in the United States and abroad, deported veterans are now receiving their benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and they are returning to America.

Charlie seeks an immediate end to the deportations of American soldiers, veterans, and their families.

He supports an increase of the minimum wage, an increase of social security benefits, health care for all and better pensions.

Charlie is 100% against donations from corporations, lobbyists and special interests.

He endorses a plan for student loan debt forgiveness, less incarceration and free education.

Charlie is not a career politician, and his entire political campaign is self-funded. He pays for everything out of his own pocket.

Now, he is humbly asking for your support, you vote, and for the opportunity to serve you.

Gracias, Salamat, Danke Schön, & Thank You.

www.juancarlosmercado.com

1.
Question 1

 

Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?

 

Answer from Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado:

Mercado for Congress will allow Family reunification to continue. A united family is a happy prosperous family.

2.
Question 2

 

Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?

 

Answer from Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado:

Mercado for Congress does not support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico. Our nation's vast needs in the areas of medical care, education, social security and infrastructure must be met first.

3.
Question 3

 

Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?

 

Answer from Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado:

Mercado for Congress supports limiting the availability of "assault military style" weapons, and also limiting the availability for people deemed mentally unstable or with a criminal record.

4.
Question 4

 

Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?

 

Answer from Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado:

Mercado for Congress supports NAFTA, but will take a closer look to revise commerce regulations in regards to environmental impact.

5.
Question 5

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

Answer from Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado:

Mercado for Congress supports Medicare for all.

Total money raised: $8,505

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

1
Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado
$8,500

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.95%)
Small contributions (0.05%)
99.95%

By Type:

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

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

51st District

JUAN CARLOS MERCADO (CHARLIE) AGE: 48

Deputy Sheriff

At the age of four, Juan Carlos Mercado (Charlie) and his Mother were abandoned by his Father. Months after, his Mother passed away.

Charlie had no choice but to find work throughout his childhood as a piñata maker, and as a field worker.

After high school, Charlie attended San Diego State University and enrolled in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He graduated as Cadet Commander, first in his class, and as a

Commissioned Officer. He also served in Iraq as an infantry soldier.

To help veterans deal with the cruelty of deportation and inform everyone, Charlie established the help center “Deported Veterans of America” and authored the books “Fate of a Deported Veteran” and “Fe Americana.”

Due to Charlie’s exhausting work in the United States and abroad, deported veterans are now receiving their benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and they are returning to America.

Charlie seeks an immediate end to the deportations of American soldiers, veterans, and their families.

He supports an increase of the minimum wage, an increase of social security benefits, health care for all and better pensions.

Charlie is 100% against donations from corporations, lobbyists and special interests.

He endorses a plan for student loan debt forgiveness, less incarceration and more education.

Charlie is not a career politician, and his entire political campaign is self-funded. He pays for everything out of his own pocket.

Now, he is humbly asking for your vote, and for the opportunity to serve you.

www.juancarlosmercado.com

— May 1, 2018 Better Lifestyle Digital Media

In this video, Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado tells the San Diego County Board of Supervisors to fix the pay steps of the Deputies in San Diego County.

— May 1, 2018 Better Lifestyle Digital Media

In this video, Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado asks the difficult questions of the Cities within San Diego County and District 51.

— May 1, 2018 Better Lifestyle Digital Media

In this video, Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado informs everyone about his fierce fight against the deportation of U.S. Soldiers, Veterans, and their families.

— May 1, 2018 Better Lifestyle Digital Media

In this video, Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado informs everyone why he does not support a border wall.

— May 1, 2018 Better Lifestyle Digital Media

In this video, Juan Carlos "Charlie" Mercado asks the questions on the key issues of the Cities of Imperial County.

Campaign Name: Mercado for Congress
Email charlie@juancarlosmercado.com
Phone: 619-726-2351
Address:
830 Broadway Unit 8
El Cajon, CA 92021
Republican
Small Businessowner
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  • Improving jobs creation in our economy by reducing taxes and regulations.
  • Protect and foster equal rights for all Americans, women, men and the unborn.
  • Aggressively enforce our laws to combat human trafficking.
Profession:Small Business Owner

Born in San Diego at Mercy Hospital, raised in the Imperial Valley, John Renison is the only son of a hard working Hispanic businesswoman and was raised with the highest standards of moral values. After graduating from a Vincent Memorial Catholic High School in the city of Calexico in 1995, he started working for his mother's U.S. Customs Brokerage business and also started his own trucking business. Due to the nature of the business, Renison's political ambition and interest began as he got involved with industry border security programs right after 9/11. He travelled across the border into Mexico on a daily basis and became familiar with cultures and business practices from both sides of the border. In 2014, John launched a delivery technology start up that serviced major online retailers and hired over 200 employees during the first year. He received recognition as an entrepreneur by Discover San Diego and has been a TEDX speaker. In 2016, he ran for California State Senate as his first political endeavor and has been heavily involved in politics since then.

​Currently a rising political social media public figure, John Renison is becoming well known for exposing lies of the political elite and the biased media. He understands the challenges faced along the border region and will fight to uphold our constitution and protect the Second Amendment.

​John lives in Coronado California, with his wife and two daughters.

Total money raised: $15,375

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

1
John R. Renison, Jr.
$11,200
2
Employees of M Border Solutions
$1,000
2
Employees of Sc Transport
$1,000
3
Employees of Burgers And Beer
$600
4
Employees of The Gensler Group
$350

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

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

By Type:

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

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

51st District

JOHN RENISON

Small Business Owner

Born in San Diego California and raised in the Imperial Valley, John Renison is a fluent Spanish speaker and is the only son of a hard working Hispanic business woman. John was raised with the highest standards of moral values. After graduating from a Catholic high school in Calexico, he started working for his Mother's U.S. Customs Brokerage business and also started his own trucking business. Renison's political ambition began as he got involved with industry border security programs right after September 11th 2001.

John lived in Mexico for a few years, traveling across the border on a daily basis he became familiar with cultures and business practices from both sides of the border. In 2014, John launched a delivery technology start-up that serviced major online retailers and created many jobs for his community. In 2016, he ran for California State Senate. This was John's first political adventure and has been involved in politics ever since. He understands the needs of the border region and will work to foster job growth and strengthen fair commercial agreements with Mexico that will benefit the United States and our economy.

When John isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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Juan Vargas

Democratic
United States Representative
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Total money raised: $539,061

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

1
Cox Enterprises
$10,000
1
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association
$10,000
2
Capital Group Companies and employees
$9,600
3
Employees of Duty Free Americas
$8,100
4
National Electrical Contractors Association
$7,500
4
Northrop Grumman
$7,500
4
State Farm Insurance
$7,500
4
The Doctors Company
$7,500
4
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
$7,500

By State:

District of Columbia 35.81%
California 22.53%
Virginia 6.87%
New York 5.90%
Other 28.88%
35.81%22.53%28.88%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.85%)
Small contributions (0.15%)
99.85%

By Type:

From organizations (75.75%)
From individuals (24.25%)
75.75%24.25%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
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Louis A. Fuentes

Republican
Air Conditioning Contractor
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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

51st District

LOUIS A. FUENTES AGE: 43

Air Conditioning Contractor

Louis A. Fuentes was born and raised in the 51st District. A CA Licensed Contractor, with Air Conditioning Guys, based in Chula Vista and El Centro. His father worked in produce from Calexico

to the Salinas Valley and taught him the values of hard work and getting an education. His mother a former Nurse always politically involved in the community.

I will fight for issues that affect our communities. So our kids are safe in Schools, so Education is affordable and accessible to anyone who wants it, Families ability to keep their income and have a better life, immigration reform, infrastructure for roads, increase Job Opportunities, a more efficient Government without raising taxes.

Having worked at a young age alongside farm workers and farmers, his insight into the hardships of working families and chasing the American Dream was engrained in him.

Graduate of University of California Berkeley.

Elected Positions held: Calexico City Councilmen & Mayor, Gov. Schwarzenegger Appointee to County Board of Supervisors, Chairman of numerous Transportation Bodies, Border Counties

Coalition, first CEO of IV Economic Development Corp. Board member Air Conditioning Contractors of America Association (ACCA). His positions helping to create hundreds of jobs.

A black belt in Aikido Karate and Jujitsu. Louis is married and has three young children that drive his motivation to improve the quality of life in the region in which he lives.

I believe strongly that our younger generation demands more from Washington. I can help be that change. I will not fail them.

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Juan M. Hidalgo, Jr.

Republican
Retired United States Marine
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Total money raised: $10,714

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

1
Juan M. Hidalgo, Jr.
$4,472
2
Employees of American Builders, Owner
$1,000
3
Employees of Salas Financial
$500
4
Employees of City Of Brawley
$400

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (96.34%)
Small contributions (3.66%)
96.34%

By Type:

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

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

51st District

JUAN M. HIDALGO JR. AGE: 52

Retired United States Marine

Juan “Johnny” M. Hidalgo Jr. was born in San Diego and raised in National City. After graduating from high school in 1984, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served with distinction in both war and peace for over 31 years.

In his last assignment he served as the Sergeant Major and Senior Enlisted Leader of the Joint Task Force of Guantanamo Bay (GTMO), Cuba.

Although Juan has never held political office, he is a highly passionate, proven, and decorated leader. He now desires to apply his proven leadership skills to the challenges facing the families,

individuals, and businesses of the 51st District. Hidalgo adds two college degrees to his military experience and is also a graduate of the National Defense University Executive Leader Course.

Juan Hidalgo is a devoted Christian family man, who has constantly remained engaged with the citizens of the 51st Congressional District. After faithfully serving his country with high honor he

retired from the Marine Corps on October 1, 2015. His sincere desire to continue to serve this beloved Country has led him to seek the nomination for the 51st Congressional seat.

Juan Hidalgo has adopted the motto, “Always Faithful,” to express his steadfast and proven commitment to all the constituents of California’s 51st Congressional District. He sincerely asks for

your vote during the upcoming 2018 elections and promises to be a faithful representative for the district and the entire country.

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