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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California
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Distrito 14Asamblea Estatal de CaliforniaJune 7, 2016Elecciones Primarias de California

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Demócrata
Educador, director de parque
34,535 votos (32.3%)Winning
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  • Luchar por una educación preescolar, de jardín de niños a preparatoria y educación superior asequible y accesible.
  • Proteger y preservar los recursos naturales de California y ofrecer acceso recreativo para todos.
  • Promover el crecimiento del empleo y aumentar las oportunidades económicas para todos los californianos.
Profesión:Educador, director de parque
Gerente de Desarrollo de Recursos y Mercadotecnia, diversidad e inclusión d, Oficina del presidente de University of California (2011actual)
Director de la junta/miembro de la junta, Distrito de Recreación y Parques de Ambrose — Cargo elegido (2006actual)
Sociedades de enlace educacional de las asociaciones corporativas, Oficina del presidente de University of California (20142015)
Coordinador del programa, oficina estatal de MESA, Oficina del presidente de University of California (20072011)
Universidad de las Filipinas Licenciatura en, Turismo (1981)
Founder & Chair, Friends of the Delta Trail (2007current)
President/Co-Founder, Bay Point Garden Club (2006current)
Member, Filipina Women's Network (2010current)
Member, Fil-Am Club of the Most Holy Rosary Parish Church, Antioch (2000current)
Block Captain, Neighborhood Watch, Bay Point (20062009)

My passion for providing young people with educational opportunities by building partnerships with business reflects the progressive and pragmatic leadership I will bring to the issues of college affordability, environmental protection and economic opportunity.

Born in the Philippines, I sang and recorded professionally, using my earnings to pay my tuition at the University of the Philippines, where I graduated with a bachelor’s degree. I immigrated to the US in 1988 and became a full-fledged citizen in 1994.

In 2000 I joined the University of California’s Math, Engineering, and Science Achievement Program (MESA). As a manager of this program, I helped educationally disadvantaged students pursue careers in the sciences and technology industries. I have served several roles at MESA since joining the University of California staff, including Program Coordinator and Manager of Marketing and Resource Development.

As a longtime advocate for community parks and open space, I am currently serving my third elected term on the board of the Ambrose Recreation and Park District, which provides recreation services to 28,000 residents of Bay Point and the Oak Hills community of Pittsburg.

I also serve as Chair of the Friends of the Delta Trail, and led advocacy efforts that secured $4.5 million for the Great California Delta Trail, which seeks to create a continuous trail network through five Delta counties while protecting sensitive habitat. I also serve as President of the Bay Point Garden Club and have been a Neighborhood Watch block captain.

I have long been active in Asian and Pacific Islander community organizations, including the Filipina Women’s Network. As the first Filipina elected to state or local government office in Contra Costa County, I was named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the U.S. 

I share her passion for public service with my husband, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, who represented the region in the State Assembly and Senate before winning statewide office in 2010. We live in the Contra Costa County community of Pittsburg and have two beautiful children, who have both now graduated from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom
  • Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (incumbent)
  • California Teachers Association
  • California Democratic Party
  • CA Professional Firefighters
1.
Drought

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

As the Chairwoman of both the Friends of the Delta Trail and a Board Member of the Ambrose Recreation and Parks District, I have spent much of my life fighting for the preservation and protection of California’s environment. Now, especially with the troubles our state is facing with this endless drought, we Californians must band together and pass comprehensive, long-lasting solutions to ensure that future generations of Californians will be able to enjoy the same access to natural resources that we have today.

We have a serious water shortage, and I believe we need to take big steps to ensure the future of our water supplies and the quality of our drinking water across California. California’s drought is related to climate change, but not entirely. Large portions of our water supply and water quality problems fundamentally come from policy decisions. We need to cut back water usage on all fronts from personal conservation efforts, to agricultural innovation that reduces water usage, to increases in efficiency. We need a balanced approach between agricultural and municipal water conservation to meet our state’s water needs. We also need to increase groundwater management, water recycling, rainwater capture, and implementation of greywater solutions.

2.
Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

The influence of money in politics, which has only grown worse since the Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision, has proven to be an extremely corrupting influence on all levels of politics. Rather than keeping politicians responsive to the people, the current structure allows politicians to only listen and respond to the needs of small, wealthy interest groups instead of addressing the needs of all California residents. I firmly believe we must take steps to ensure that politicians are responsive to their constituents, not vested interests. Thus, I will fully support legislative actions to overturn Citizens United. I will not be swayed by special interests; that's why Walmart, the oil industry, and payday lenders have spent over 400,000 dollars to defeat me. It’s time we increase transparency and accountability and help put power back into the hands of the people.

 

3.
Minimum Wage

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

I most definitely support increasing California’s minimum wage, and am very pleased to see our Governor sign a bill that will incrementally raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years. I firmly believe that if someone works full time and earns minimum wage, they should not have to live in poverty. This change will help provide economic opportunities to hard working men and women and create a pathway to the middle class for thousands of families. The extended timeline for the wage increase will give businesses the time they need to adjust to the new policy. Moreover, increasing the minimum wage also addresses the inequality gap between men and women because a majority of people earning minimum wage are women.

4.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

I understand the importance of stimulating economic growth and creating good paying jobs for Californians. A healthy job market will help expand economic prosperity to our local communities and enable families to lift themselves out of poverty. That being said, we need to cut waste and ensure that taxpayer dollars are being used wisely. This means restoring funding to vital public programs and services that were cut during the 2008 financial crisis. Primarily, we must increase funding for our public education, healthcare, and safety systems as well as allocate additional finds for water conservation efforts and preserving parks and open space.

If elected, my top three fiscal priorities will be making sure that businesses and the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share of taxes, ensuring that our state can further maintain a budget surplus, and making sure that our state has enough money saved in case of a future economic downturn. While dealing with fiscal matters is always a contentious affair, it is absolutely essential for our state to work out long-term fiscal solutions to better ensure the integrity and solvency of our state, so that any future economic downturns do not cause fiscal disasters like we all experienced in 2008.

5.
High Cost of Living

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in the Bay Area?

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

As the cost of living in the Bay Area continues to skyrocket, many hardworking Californians are finding themselves unable to find a home to rent, let alone buy. Owning a house represents one of the fundamental parts of the American Dream, and I fully believe that all Californians should have a realistic chance at being able to afford a home of their own. Thus, we must take immediate action to expand affordable housing, increase funding for programs that offer permanent supportive housing, offer additional rent subsidies to those who are at risk of becoming homeless, and protect social security for our seniors so that they can receive increased benefits.

6.
Traffic Congestion

What steps are needed to improve region-wide transportation planning and the growing traffic congestion?

Respuesta de Mae Torlakson:

California must have a modern and well -funded transportation system. California’s transportation needs are enormous. How many millions of hours are wasted while stuck in traffic congestion? What is the true price tag for having one of the very worst highway systems out of 50 states in terms of the conditions on the roads themselves?

Traffic and congestion cost our state’s residents over $30 billion per year. For the poor conditions of our roads, the cost alone for front end alignments and tire wear is over $500 per driver per year –way over what the average is among other states. The backlog of needed improvements and the maintenance to fix our highways and roads is over $100 billion.

There are no easy answers to getting the revenue needed. But somehow we must find ways to invest. I believe we should go to the voters and see if they are willing to invest in measures where they had a chance to vote on their priorities and where strong oversight committees are created to guarantee the money is spent well.

Voter approved Measure C and Measure J in Contra Costa County helped greatly - widening 680, SR 4, extending BART and finishing the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel. Major projects and major improvements were constructed in a responsible and well managed way. The Contra Costa County Transportation Authority is currently working on another ½ cent plan to bring to the voters to generate another $2 to $3 billion in improvements.

Solano County cities and the Board of Supervisors are planning a measure for their voters to consider this June. Funds would be under local control and would be targeted to invest in local road needs.

I say we should look first at all efficiencies and money saving ideas we can generate through improved use of current transportation dollars.

After achieving the maximum efficiency, we should then give voters the choice to decide whether to invest in additional revenue streams that will get us to work on time, and home faster, and to have safer roads and improvements in our transit systems.

I see the gigantic needs and believe we must do more. I am supportive of the idea of exploring new or expanded revenue sources if the plans and priorities are brought to the voters to decide, and include strong independent oversight and third-party audits.

Dinero total recaudado: $918,332

A continuación, le presentamos los mayores contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al (a los) candidato(s).

1
University of California
$27,550
2
ThinkTank Learning
$21,000
3
SEIU Local 1021
$17,100
4
AFSCME California
$17,000
4
California Federation of Teachers
$17,000
4
California Nurses Association
$17,000
4
California Professional Firefighters
$17,000
4
California School Employees Association
$17,000
4
Professional Engineers in California Government
$17,000
4
SEIU California
$17,000
4
SEIU Local 2015
$17,000

Por estado:

California 97.86%
New York 0.74%
Arizona 0.67%
District of Columbia 0.50%
Other 0.23%
97.86%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (98.22%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (1.78%)
98.22%

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (67.57%)
De individuos (32.43%)
67.57%32.43%
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.

Mae Torlakson: Education, Opportunity and A Strong Economy

For the past 10 years, I have worked at the University of California Office of the President. I have worked to expand the Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Along with expanding college opportunities, I believe we must invest more in vocational education and job training programs in high school.

My passion for providing educational opportunities to young people by building partnerships with business reflects the leadership I will bring to the table as a member of the State Assembly.

I believe education is the key to opportunity for our students and is key to a strong economy. I have a plan to create more jobs in Contra Costa and Solano Counties. As part of my advocacy, I am pushing for a 4-year Cal State University at the Concord Naval Weapons Station to serve Contra Costa and Solano Counties with a comprehensive set of programs with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. I will also work to establish incubator business space in the Concord Naval Weapons Station.

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Tim Grayson

Demócrata
Miembro del concejo, capellán de policía
33,712 votos (31.6%)Winning
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Dinero total recaudado: $767,819

A continuación, le presentamos los mayores contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al (a los) candidato(s).

1
Garaventa Enterprises
$22,000
2
State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
$17,000
3
IBEW Local 302
$16,600
4
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
$15,000
5
California Association of Realtors
$8,500
5
California State Association of Electrical Workers
$8,500
5
California State Council of Laborers
$8,500

Por estado:

California 91.76%
District of Columbia 1.16%
Texas 1.01%
Michigan 0.91%
Other 5.17%
91.76%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (99.78%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (0.22%)
99.78%

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (64.20%)
De individuos (35.80%)
64.20%35.80%
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.
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Republicana
Mujer de negocios, CFO
27,826 votos (26.1%)
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  • LUCHAR por la eficiencia, la responsabilidad y la transparencia en nuestro gobierno estatal de California.
  • CREAR una economía fuerte que brinde empleos sustentables a las generaciones futuras.
  • PROTEGER nuestro bello entorno de manera rentable y con sentido común.
Profesión:Mujer de negocios, CFO
Fideicomisario de la junta, Sistema de Retiro para los Empleados del Condado de Contra Costa (Contra Costa County Employees' Retirement System, CCCE — Cargo designado (2011actual)
The Wharton School, Filadelfia, PA Certificado, Administración de Inversiones Avanzadas (2013)
Escuela de Derecho de Stanford University y Asociación de Sistemas Públicos de Jubilación de California (California Asso Certificado de Principios de Administración de Pensiones, Educación en gobernanza en la administración de las pensiones de los empleados públicos (2012)
California State University Sacramento Licenciatura en, Administración de Empresas y Contabilidad (1987)
Dinero total recaudado: $37,156

A continuación, le presentamos los mayores contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al (a los) candidato(s).

1
Associated Builders and Contractors Northern California
$4,200
1
The Children's PAC of California
$4,200
2
Sonnikson And Stordahl Construction
$2,500
3
Corey Delta Constructors
$1,000
3
Helix Electric
$1,000
3
Sommikspn & Stordahl Construction, Inc
$1,000
3
UCI Construction
$1,000

Por estado:

California 98.68%
Washington 0.73%
Arizona 0.29%
Michigan 0.29%
98.68%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (91.80%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (8.20%)
91.80%8.20%

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (54.03%)
De individuos (45.97%)
54.03%45.97%
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.
Demócrata
Psicólogo
10,694 votos (10%)
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  • Fomentar oportunidades económicas fuertes para todos los residentes del distrito 14.
  • Traer educación de clase mundial desde el jardín de niños hasta el 12.º grado escolar.
  • Traer responsabilidad fiscal al introducir proyectos para impulsar a la industria, el crecimiento laboral y crear un distrito 14 más seguro.
Profesión:Neuropsicólogo autorizado
Presidente y CEO de TRS Inc. - Jannat Care Services Inc., Trabajador independiente (1993actual)
Miembro del Comité de Supervisión de Finanzas, Ciudad de Concord, California — Cargo designado (20102015)
Comisionado de la Comisión de Relaciones Humanas, Ciudad de Concord, CA — Cargo designado (20062010)
Universidad de California en San Francisco (University of California in San Francisco, UCSF) Capacitación posdoctoral en Neuropsicología Clínica bajo la supervisión del Dr. Ronald Ruff (profesional autorizado, [Ac, Neuropsicología clínica (1993)
Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Doctorado en Filosofía, Neuropsicología Clínica (1990)
Board Member, Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (20032014)

My Life's Work

 

I began my career in India as a psychologist in 1983, working with the World Health Organization’s Collaborative Center for Mental Health and Research. At this time I also taught General Psychology to Masters and Bachelors level nursing students at the PGIMER College of Nursing in Chandigarh, India. In addition, I was the Assistant Editor of the Indian Journal of Clinical Psychology, the official publication of Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, from 1984 to 1986.

 

I immigrated to the United States in 1990, teaching courses to graduate students at the Rosebridge School of Integrative Psychology. I have always been devoted to research in the neurobehavioral and neuropsychological fields. It was a few years later in 1993 that I co-founded The Hume Center, one of the largest mental health training centers in the Bay Area. I presided over it until 2004.

 

I got involved in community work very soon after my immigration to this country. I began participating in community health fairs hosted by various local organizations, to provide free mental health services to Veterans with PTSD, the Homeless, and Survivors of Domestic Violence. I have always believed that cost should never be a barrier to these necessary services.

 

I then began serving in leadership roles with numerous professional groups and organizations. I originally worked with the Federation of Indo-American Associations and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin to provide free services, and soon went on to serve as the chair for the local chapter of the Allied Health Professionals in 1994 and 1995, and again in 2010. I also chaired a committee on cross-cultural issues in neuropsychology for the Northern California Neuropsychological Forum from 1995 to 1997.

 

After a few years of involvement with professional groups, I began working in the community. I served on the executive board of the Contra Costa Interfaith Council for more than 12 years, and it was with their help that I was able to start the annual Spring Festival in Downtown Concord in 2004. I also served as the president of the Federation of Indo-American Associations, a Board Member with the Monument Community Partnership in Concord, a member of the Advisory Council for the India Community Center, the chair of Concord’s Human Relations Commission from 2006 to 2010, a member of Concord’s Measure Q committee, overseeing the use of revenue generated by a city sales tax increase, and a Trustee with the Ik Onkar Peace Association, a group affiliated with the United Religions Initiative. It was with this group that I was able to attend the World Parliament of Religions that took place in Barcelona in 2004.

 

My work in Mental Health and Community Development has been recognized by Former President Bill Clinton, as well as members of our Congress, State Senate, State Assembly, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, and the Concord City Council.

 

Today I preside over two organizations. The first is my business, Therapeutic Residential Care Services. TRCS operates several state licensed assisted living facilities across California, serving the elderly and the developmentally disabled. The second is a nonprofit, the South Asian Behavioral Health and Training Center. The SABH Center works to provide mental health, residential care services, and cultural sensitivity training to all people.

 

 

It is this experience that I hope to use as your State Assembly member and why I ask for your support on June 7th, 2016

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1.
Drought

Climate changes and the continuing drought worry many in California. What new strategies do you believe would ensure that California is able to both satisfy its water needs and protect the environment? Please be specific. 

Respuesta de Harmesh Kumar:

First of all, i do not support the Delta Water Tunnel Project. It will destroy the local ecology. I would like to create local water storage facilities, under local control to be designated for agricultural and household usage. Work to create mental awareness about sustainabilty  of human life and wild life and importance of our natural resources.

2.
Money in Politics

Many Californians are concerned about the influence of money in politics. What can the state legislature do to ensure that decision-making by elected officials is not swayed by moneyed interests at the expense of constituents?

Respuesta de Harmesh Kumar:

It is very clear that outside money plays a significant role in our District 14 as we have seen from numerous mailers being sent to our homes by independent expense committees operated by secret identities. Therefore, we need to create financial transparency to know who is actually funding the candidates. I do not and will not accept any money from special interest groups in my campaign.   

3.
Minimum Wage

There are a variety of proposals to raise California's minimum wage. Many of these proposals face opposition from business groups who are concerned that they would kill jobs. Do you support increasing the minimum wage in California?  In your answer please explain your position on the relationship between wages and jobs with specific reference to the situation in your district. 

Respuesta de Harmesh Kumar:

The minimum wages issue is an important one to all families at my district. However, we need to look at cost of living and minimum wage issue at the regional levels because living expesnes and business expenses are different at different locations. We also need to take into consideration the burdens on small business owners who are being suffocated with new mandates with some tax incentives to be able to sustain themselves and are able to offer employment to local residents.    

4.
Fiscal Priorities

What are your top three fiscal priorities, recognizing the need to balance the state’s income with its spending?

Respuesta de Harmesh Kumar:

My top fiscal priorities would be as follows;

  1. I would like to work towards allocating our burget based on the needs of all Californians, not special interest groups. 
  2. I would like to increase funding for education, affordable housing, mental health services and work towards universal health care for all Californians.
  3. I would like to reduce waste and spending on nonproductive services to reduce prison population creating more opportunities to intergrate inmates into the community.
5.
High Cost of Living

If elected, what solutions do you propose to deal with the high cost of living in the Bay Area?

Respuesta de Harmesh Kumar:

I would like to propose an affordable housing bond for Californians so to decrease homelessness and to allocate minimum 30% in single family and apartment units to low income families. I would like to propose subsidies to low income families to make ends meet to prevent future homelessness. I would work for my district to help change existing laws which are too restricitve for human growth such as; difficulty in qualifying for affordable housing for ex-offenders, mental ill and elderly in the state. At last, I would like to explore innovative and out of the box new ideas and incentives to provide support to family members who are caring for elders and disabled to keep them at home rather than placing them in skilled nursing facilities so to save money for the taxpayers.

6.
Traffic Congestion

What steps are needed to improve region-wide transportation planning and the growing traffic congestion?

Respuesta de Harmesh Kumar:

We need to use multi pronged strategies to ease traffic congestion on our freeways. We need to create local jobs and affordable public transportation to move people and goods in a smooth manner. If elected, I would like to bring various stakeholders to explore solutions which are sustainable, cost-effective for the people in my district. There is no doubt that we need to create more funding for improvements of our roads, bridges and other infrastructures. I would also work on exploring the idea to extend Bart into various areas of my district. We also need to develop water fronts like European countries and alternate transportation creaating sustaible job opportunities. 

Dinero total recaudado: $1,000

A continuación, le presentamos los mayores contribuyentes que dieron dinero para apoyar al (a los) candidato(s).

1
Wendy's Company
$1,000

Por estado:

California 100.00%
100.00%

Por tamaño:

Contribuciones grandes (100.00%)
Contribuciones pequeñas (0.00%)
100.00%

Por tipo:

De organizaciones (0.00%)
De individuos (100.00%)
100.00%
Fuente: Análisis de datos de la Secretaría del Estado de California de MapLight.

I am a licensed clinical psychologist and I operate my own private practice in Concord. I turned my lifelong joy of helping others into my profession, and I have worked in the mental health field for three decades. There is a saying that if you find joy in your work you will never work a day in your life, and I have found that to be true.

 

I am also an immigrant, I came to this country from my native India over 30 years ago and embarked on what we call the American Dream. After many years of sacrifice and hard work, I am now privileged to operate a network of well-recognized assisted living facilities across Northern and Central California.

 

However, in my success I have never lost sight of what is truly important about my job, and I take ensuring the well-being and happiness of those I am trusted in caring for very seriously. In addition, I still make time to offer free services to the most vulnerable in our community, such as veterans with PTSD, substance abusers, the homeless, and survivors of domestic violence.

 

I am very proud to live in a place like the Bay Area that is home to such a great representation of the so-called “Great American Melting Pot”. About 15 years ago I created the annual Spring Festival, which takes place in Todo Santos Plaza near my home in Concord, to provide a space for us to share our unique heritage. I have also served on the Contra Costa Interfaith Council. Our communities benefit immensely any time that we can find a way to discover the unity in our diversity.

 

I have had several other opportunities to serve my community that I am proud of. Since its inception, I have been in a position of providing oversight for Concord’s use of revenues generated by a half cent sales tax increase that city voters approved several years ago. Our elected officials must never forget that taxes are generated by the people that put them in office.

 

I chose to run for state government because for many years now I have been disheartened by what I have observed from today’s political machine. It is a blessing that the Bay Area is such as prosperous place, but many times we fail to take notice of those in our communities who don’t share that blessing, and unfortunately most of our elected officials don’t seem to either.

 

 

I ask for your support in the June 7th primary because I have seen the problems and holes in our social safety nets, and other shortcomings of our state government in my experience as a mental health professional, and I want to be a part of real solutions. We have a saying in India, that one must “light a candle” rather than “curse the darkness”, and that is what I wish to do as a member of our State Assembly.

I am your candidate for a better future!

Summary

My journey in California has been very encouraging for I've believed in serving the udner served and keeping the promise of the American dream alive. I've been fortunate to help the most vulnerable especially our veterans, homeless, disabled and the elderly. I am running for this office to serve the people and have all voices heard. I want to bring sanity back to fragmented State policies. Like to invest more in our children starting with pre-school and K-12 education. I want to tackle affordable housing and reunite families with humane changes in our Criminal Justice System, strengthening our middle class bringing back sustainable jobs to District 14 in especially in bio-techenology and renewal energy sectors. 

 

I know I have what it takes to bring about change in Sacramento, because I have a proven record of leadership helping individuals and famiies who needed us the most. I have the courage to oppose the status-quo and work with opposing views to create common-sense solutions to our problems.  

My Focus in this Election

I am the voice of those who are not being heard, we are over-taxed and jobs are moving outside the Bay Area. Our education system is failing our children and making higher education unattainable and unaffordable. Their dreams to find a job and own a house locally are fading very fast. Our priorities are not human friendly and provide few resources to families to sustain. Every $100 we pay in our local property taxes and we only get $10 for local use and $90 is grabbed by the State. This is not a right way to flourish in our district.    

I am not part of the establishment.  I have a vision for better future for the residents of my district. 

I hear on a daily basis the frustration of the disenfranchised voters who believe their parties may have failed them. I am the candidate who will serve the common good.

Hopelessness does not only exist in people living under the freeways but also it has creeped into the lives of youth who cannot find jobs and are burdened with huge amount of loans which they cannot pay. Minimum wages does not allow them to move upward with vertical mobility.

My focus will be to work hard on the following issues;

·         Preventing Crime measures and Reducing Recidivism

·         Meeting Our Transportation Needs – Fixing Pot holes

·         Keeping Law Enforcement Accountable with Humane Training

·      Returning Funding to Local Governments – e.g. $100 we pay in property taxes and we get only $10 for local use

·         Hostile Small Business environment leading to exodus of jobs to outside of California.

·         Decriminalizing Homelessness

·         Making Family Leave Act a right not a priviledge. 

·         Common Sense policies to reduce Traffic Fines for minor offenses.

·         Keeping Insurance Companies Accountable

·         Sustainable Regional Growth with local control

·         Ensuring Access to Quality Health Care

·         The Cost of College

 You can read more on my website:www.drkumar4assembly.com

 

Videos

Candidate Forum California State Assembly District 14 — April 29, 2016 Contra Costa County TV
Candidate Forum sponsored by League of Women Voters Diablo Valley and League of Women Voters West Contra Costa and Contra Costa Election Division
Candidates introduce themselves — May 18, 2016 East Bay Times
Candidates for the California Assembly 14th District make their best pitches to the East Bay Times editorial board. Candidates: Mae Torlakson, Harmesh Kumar, Debora Allen and Tim Grayson. Interviewers: Daniel Borenstein and Dan Hatfield. Vi
Watch: California Assembly 14th District issues — May 18, 2016 East Bay Times
Candidates for the California Assembly 14th District address key issues with the East Bay Times editorial board. Candidates include Mae Torlakson, Harmesh Kumar, Debora Allen and Tim Grayson. Interviewers are Dan Borenstein and Dan Hatfield

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