California voters are facing complex choices in who should be the number 2 choice for US Senate in the Top 2 primary this June. Voters from all partisan affiliations are going to be able to choose from all the candidates like the California recall of 2003 and vote for their favorite choice to go on to the November election. The top 2 of the 24 filed will be chosen for the November election.
Since there is little name ID for most of the 23 candidates running against incumbent US Senator Dianne Feinstein and the lack of a good farm team for the Republican Party, it is basically anyone’s game this election.
First we will begin with the Democratic Party candidates, Colleen Shea Fernald, she is a peace activist and friend to the occupy movement. Colleen supports sustainable living and environmental health. If you like Dennis Kucinich, you should look into her campaign.
David Levitt, is a computer programmer who wants to establish a campaign that is more progressive than corporate friendly incumbent Dianne Feinstein. David believes in the platform Contract for the American Dream to support the core values of the progressive movement to make America a better place. If you want to end our war in Afghanistan, end the DEA raids and prohibition on marijuana providers and expand Medicare to all Americans David is your man. David believes that since most of the Republican candidates failed to inspire voters, he believes he could overtake the majority of them in this primary.
Nak Shah is a populist candidate who believes we should stop taking on loans from foreign nations that get us indebted to such as China and stop spending money on wars and spend the money on infrastructure and social programs.
Dianne Stewart is running to focus on the issues of promoting small business and improving our education system. Our spending cuts have made our education system drop down from number 7 to number 46, and our cuts in the safety net with Medicare to boot 65 and 66 year olds from the system will end up adding more cost for healthcare to younger people and the businesses who struggle to help provide health care for their employees. Basic medical needs are more expensive to pay for than a generation ago, and that needs to change.
Mike Strimling wants to tax the rich. The gap between the rich of the poor is expanding and he wants to redistribute the money to reduce the wealth gap. Mike believes America was strong when we had higher tax rates and basically when there is less public services its basically a tax on the poor. Mike has an argument on how higher taxes on the affluent will help bring prosperity to our nation.
Read on if you want to know about the Republican candidates running.
Now we are going to talk about the Republicans running for the Top 2 position. Sadly there is no name brand candidate like a Tom Campbell or a Meg Whitman running so it is basically the minor league of the Republicans running.
John Boruff is a San Diego businessman running for the office. John has run an auto parts business and successfully expanded it to the south west of the United States.
Oscar Alejandro Braun His goal for his senate campaign is to advocate for environmental awareness in particular the watersheds and ecosystems that exist in our state.
Greg Conlon is a perennial candidate based in the Silicon Valley. Greg is a retired CPA and was the Republican nominee for State Treasurer back in 2002. Greg received over three million votes ten years ago and did fairly well back then, but still could not beat Phil Angelides.
Elizabeth Emken is the endorsed candidate by the Republican Party, but she has failed to ignite the voters where Feinstein gets 51% and all the other candidates have 2% of support. Many conservative activists are annoyed that she has contradictory views on Obama’s health care plan where she only supported it because she wanted to make sure Autism was covered in the legislation. Many Republicans resent how she was endorsed while other viable Republicans were swept in the dust because they refused to pay the $500 tribute to the state party for consideration. It might have been better for the endorsement to be done during the state party convention at least, it would have brought more participation and more admission tickets for the state party while being more Democratic in nature.
Rogelio T. Gloria is a former naval officer running for office. Gloria’s main issue is about energy policy making sure that Californians have affordable energy to spark the economy of our state. Another issue that may have problems is aligning congressional districts to counties which violates Reynolds v. Sims, 1 congressional member for Los Angeles County is plainly lucid as an example.
Dan Hughes is a business owner and he is endorsed by conservative stalwart Chuck De Vore. His main priorities are tax reform, regulatory reform and meaningful health care reform.
Dennis Jackson wants to shrink the size of government, maintain our sovereignty despite the temptations of globalization, energy independence, securing our borders and maintain self reliance as the priority where individuals, families and businesses would learn to sink or swim.
Dirk Allen Konopik is a veteran and student who is running his campaign on a Christian centric focus. However I find this a political liability because despite his religiosity, it’s highly unlikely that many in ethnic minority communities who may share his religiosity may support his economic views and they will still vote for Obama and Feinstein even though they may be pro-choice and pro-lgbt equality. If you want the pro-choice voters and the secular voters to run away to Feinstein Dirk is your man.
Donald Krampe is a military veteran, works with fellow veterans to help those returning to find gainful employment and is also known as a motivational speaker. Donald wants to bring back civil discourse and trust into our politics; he wants to make sure education institutions teach people how to think for themselves not what to think, and to encourage transparency of the federal reserve.
Robert Lauten Robert wants to revive the depression era regulation that separated securities firms with commercial banking to prevent any future economic crisis’s that happened in the 1920s and 2008 such as the derivatives. Securities firms should be free to speculate on industries but they should be not be bailed out like what happened in the recent recession. Robert also believes in a national bank and infrastructure project to help create opportunity.
Al Ramirez Al previously ran in 2010, but he is returning to run now and he actually won the influential endorsement of the California Republican Assembly volunteer club. Al is a former business executive and wants to reform California’s economy.
Nachum Shifren Nachum is an Orthodox rabbi looking to reform the system. He is also known as the surfing rabbi. Crime, national security and education are his chief issues.
Orly Taitz is the most famous of the Republican candidates. She is Orange County’s favorite dentist slash lawyer who wants to make sure to find out the true story about the origins of President Obama because it is likely his social security number is not really his and his birth certificate is not genuine. Sadly due to her name ID she is the front runner and Feinstein might actually get a record vote total. I am tempted to vote for Orly because it would make Abel and Charles Munger’s vision for Proposition 14 a cloudy one.
Rick Williams Rick is a lawyer and devotee of Ron Paul’s ideas. Rick is endorsed by the Republican Liberty Caucus and if you like Ron Paul, Rick hopes to earn your vote. If you want to cut spending and end the Federal Reserve, he is your candidate.
Now we got our four minor party candidates, 2 Peace and Freedom, Libertarian and American Independent candidates.
Don J. Grundmann is a chiropractor who is running with the American Independent Party. The fiscal views may be great such as targeting the federal reserve and the IRS, but he is rabid on the social issues due to his campaign being Paleoconservative.
Gail K. Lightfoot is a regular candidate for the Libertarian Party, problem is when I was ready to vote for many Libertarians in 2010 she did not answer my questions on various issues and I ended up voting for Carly Fiorina for US Senate. After reading her site you will find out she is against the war on drugs, wars in the middle east result in more violence, supports the right to bear arms, limited government, separation of church and state.
Kabiruddin Karim Ali is running under the Peace and Freedom banner. If you feel like you are a member of the 99% and you are a progressive you might find his views appealing.
Marsha Feinland is the other Peace and Freedom candidate she ran for President in 1996 and ran for US Senate in 2006 against Boxer as well. Both Peace and Freedom candidates want to move America into a true socialist society.
If you want to know more visit their websites and make an informed choice this Election Day.