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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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District 17U.S. House of RepresentativesJune 7, 2016California Primary Election

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June 7, 2016California Primary Election

U.S. House of RepresentativesDistrict 17

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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.
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Democratic
Educator/Economics Author
52,059 votes (39.1%)Winning
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  • Make college affordable and debt free, and increase spots for CA students in the UC system
  • Increase funding for public schools, and bring more technology/innovative teaching tools into the classroom
  • Revitalize the middle class by bringing back manufacturing jobs from overseas and defending unions
Profession:Economics Lecturer, Author, Former Obama Administration Official
Visiting Lecturer, Stanford University (2012current)
Vice President, Smart Utility Systems (2015current)
Counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (20112014)
Deputy Assistant Secretary, United States Department of Commerce — Appointed position (20092011)
Yale Law School J.D., Law (2001)
University of Chicago B.A., Economics (1998)
Board Member, Faith in Action (2013current)
Board Member, City of San Jose Manufacturing Initiative (2015current)

Like so many families in our area, Ro's parents immigrated to the United States—coming from India to seek opportunity and a better life for their children. Ro was born in Philadelphia in 1976, and learned the value of education and hard work from his parents. Ro’s father studied engineering at the University of Michigan; his mother was a substitute teacher. Ro benefited from a quality public school education and took out student loans to attend great universities, which he is still paying off today. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in economics from the University of Chicago, and received a law degree from Yale University.

Ro’s commitment to public service was inspired early on by his grandfather, who told him stories about participating in Gandhi’s independence movement in India and spending several years in jail for promoting human rights. Somewhat serendipitously, Ro became involved in politics while attending the University of Chicago, where he worked on the campaign of a little-known candidate for state Senate named Barack Obama. Later, Ro worked on Obama’s presidential campaign.

 

In 2009, President Obama appointed Ro to serve as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ro broke new ground when he organized clean technology trade missions and expanded the Green Embassy program, which allows American clean technology firms to showcase their products in our embassies overseas. Ro also served on the White House Business Council, where he worked with both business and labor for policies that promote to bring back American manufacturing jobs. Under Ro's leadership, American exports grew dramatically.

 

In 2009 and 2010, Ro took the lead on defending the rights of workers who were being laid off by New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) as the plant closed its doors in Fremont. He played a critical role in securing a $330,000 grant from the federal government for Fremont to find new uses for the abandoned auto plant, in addition to funds for job training programs to help the skilled workers who found themselves out of work and with nowhere to turn. Ro’s strong commitment to the United Auto Workers and the working families in the region is something that he will bring to Congress as he advocates for a collaborative working relationship between organized labor and business leaders.

 

After leaving the Commerce Department, Ro authored a book on the state of American manufacturing and how to keep it competitive in the global economy. Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future has won widespread praise for its strategies to keep the best companies, jobs, and opportunities in America.

Following his mother’s example, Ro is a Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stanford University and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara Law School.Governor Jerry Brown appointed him to the California Workforce Development Board for the State of California, where he served as chair for the Advanced Manufacturing Committee.  Ro also served on the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and has tutored local Irvington High School students in his spare time. His pro bono legal activity includes work with the Mississippi Center for Justice on several contractor fraud cases on behalf of Hurricane Katrina victims.

Ro has been a strong advocate for local issues in our community. He has worked with Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves to reduce odor from the Newby Landfill and to hold Republic accountable. He also worked with Santa Clara City Councilwoman Lisa Gillmor to make sure the San Francisco 49ers did not take over the Youth Soccer Park in Santa Clara. Ro has worked with environmentalists to stand up to Lehigh Cement Plant and insist that the plant be held to modern day envionmental standards.

A long time resident of Fremont, Ro was drawn to Silicon Valley after finishing his education. He and his wife, Ritu Khanna, still currently reside in Fremont. Ritu has been a marketing executive and has a master's degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University and a B.S. from Georgetown University



 

  • Nancy Thomas, Newark Unified School District Board Member
  • Robert Marshall, Former City Councilmember of Newark
  • Dave Smith, Mayor Emeritus of Newark
  • Anu Natarajan, Former Vice Mayor and current City Councilmember of Fremont
  • Steve Cho, Former Vice Mayor of Fremont
  • Lily Mei, Vice Mayor Fremont and Former Trustee, Fremont Unified School District
  • Vinnie Bacon, former Vice Mayor and Current City Councilmember of Fremont
  • Don Sun, Former Chair and current member of the Cupertino Planning Commission
  • Savita Vaidhyanathan, Vice Mayor of Cupertino
  • Rod Sinks, Former Mayor and current City Councilmember of Cupertino
  • Orrin Mahoney, Former Mayor of Cupertino
  • Richard Lowenthal, Former Mayor of Cupertino
  • Dr. Robin Parker Cox, Former Mayor of Sunnyvale and Director of Institute for Governmental Service and Research
  • Chris Moylan, Former Vice Mayor of Sunnyvale
  • Pat Castillo, Former Mayor of Sunnyvale
  • Debbie Giordano, City Councilmember of Milpitas
  • Carmen Montano, Vice Mayor of Milpitas
  • Bob Livengood, Former Mayor of Milpitas
  • Jose Esteves, Mayor of Milpitas
  • Kathy Watanabe, City Councilmember of Santa Clara
  • Debi Davis, City Councilmember of Santa Clara
  • Patricia Mahan, Former Mayor of Santa Clara
  • Lisa Gillmor, Mayor of Santa Clara
  • Chappie Jones, San Jose City Councilmember
  • Tam Nguyen, San Jose City Councilmember
  • Manh Nguyen, San Jose City Councilmember
  • Magdalena Carrasco, San Jose City Councilmember
  • Chuck Reed, Former Mayor of San Jose
  • Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose
  • Larry Stone, Santa Clara County Assessor
  • Grace Mah, Board Member, Santa Clara County Office of Education
  • Rich Gordon, California Assemblymember
  • Jeff Rosen, District Attorney Santa Clara County
  • Elaine Alquist, Former California State Senator and Assemblymember
  • Kevin de Leon, California Senate President Pro Tem
  • Steve Westly, Former Controller and Chief Financial Officer of California
  • Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State
  • Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
  • Sunnyvale Democratic Club
  • National Nurses United
  • California Nurses Association
  • LIUNA, Laborers' International Union of North America
  • Fremont Argus
  • Contra Costa Times
  • Oakland Tribune
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • San Francisco Chronicle
1.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.

Answer from Ro Khanna:
 I was lucky enough to be born here in the United States, so citizenship was never something I worried about. But I can empathize with how it must feel to be an American in spirit – but to not be a citizen based on birthplace. We have an economic and moral obligation to give DREAMers a pathway to citizenship. What's more, immigration reform and economic growth go hand in hand. Immigrants have been essential to Silicon Valley’s innovative and meritocratic ethos. They have founded 40% of the companies in the tech sector that were financed by venture capital and then went public in the United States – including Yahoo, eBay, Intel, and Google – creating jobs and making our business culture more dynamic.

In particular, I support a number of common-sense reforms to our broken immigration system:

  1. Give DREAMers legal status right away. In 2012 President Obama implemented a deferred action program, which offered a two-year reprieve from the threat of deportation to young adults. That’s a band-aid measure on an issue that is affecting millions of hardworking and law biding residents of this country. Congress needs to give young adults the ability to quickly receive provisional legal status, allowing them to live and work freely in this country, and streamline the process of applying for a green card, permanent legal residency, and finally citizenship.
  2. Implement a pathway to citizenship for adults. There are 11 million undocumented immigrants living in our country who work in a variety of industries that boost our economy. They pay sales taxes – many also pay income taxes, and other federal, state, and local taxes. Estimates show that undocumented immigrants pay about $7 billion into Social Security.
  3. Protect family reunification visas. While the passage of the Senate’s bipartisan bill is commendable, I am disappointed that family reunification visas were not included. Family reunification is a long-standing policy of the U.S., and the removal of sibling visas and reduction of adult married children visas is an unnecessary hit to hardworking families of the 17th district who want to unite with their loved ones here in America.
2.
Partisan Political Climate

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 Ro Khanna:
I'm under no illusion that any one person can singlehandedly eliminate partisan gridlock, but I do believe solving the problem starts with getting money out of politics. When PACs, corporate PACS, unions and lobbying firms control the conversation, voters - who just want to see Congress come together to solve the problems facing the nation - are the ones who get drowned out. As one of eight candidates running for Federal office who has pledged to never take money from any special interest group (you can see the full list at http://www.cleanslatenowaction.org/candidates), I believe I can speak with authority on the urgent need for campaign finance reform. Once the corrupting influence of special interest funding has been excised, the range of potential compromises between parties will expand dramatically.    To give just one example, the GOP is beginning to recognize that the cost of incarcerating millions of nonviolent offenders is prohibitive; meanwhile Democrats have been pointing out the fundamental injustices in the criminal justice system for years. I believe both parties should be able to come together to find reforms that are both morally right, and save billions in funds that could be invested back into our economy - once private prisons, bond bailsman, and other organizations with a vested interested in mass incarceration can no longer buy elections with impunity.
3.
National Security

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 Ro Khanna:
While I support the Presidents decision to order limited military strikes against ISIS, I also believe we need to scale back our military entanglements so that we can reinvest those rescources into our citizens. The best way to increase our national security is by reinvesting in the American workforce so that our students are prepared to tackle a globally competitive economy. I opposed the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and I will stand against similar military adventurism.
4.
Drought

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 Ro Khanna:

Available freshwater isn't just the backbone of the Californian economy, it's critical to the state's very survival. While many of the major decisions on water planning are reserved for our state government, the federal government has an important role to play as well. In particular, I strongly support legislative action to to fund desalination, water recycling, and storage projects. These long-term investments in our water infrastructure will go a long way in securing a safe future for the people of California.

Total money raised: $3,723,321

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Google
$81,270
2
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
$30,551
3
Salesforce.com
$27,250
4
Blackstone
$23,900
5
Sutter Hill Ventures
$22,600

By State:

California 78.13%
New York 6.56%
Illinois 3.26%
Florida 1.99%
Other 10.06%
78.13%10.06%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.52%)
Small contributions (1.48%)
98.52%

By Type:

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

Ro Khanna is prepared to move beyond the gridlock in Washington with concrete solutions to strengthen our public schools, create good paying jobs, and to move America’s economy into the 21st century. He’ll be more than a vote; he’ll be a strong voice for the Bay Area’s working families and communities. As an educator and economics author, Ro understands the importance of having universal pre-school education, of having an innovative curriculum, and adequate funding for technology in our public schools. He has also offered concrete plans for making college affordable and assisting middle aged workers find good paying jobs in today's economy. Finally, in order to maintain his independance from special interests and corporate agendas, Ro refused to take any money from PACs or corporations, and is one of only eight candidates at the Federal level to do so (you can see the full list here: http://www.cleanslatenowaction.org/candidates).

 

— May 16, 2016 Ro Khanna for Congress

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Democratic
United States Congressman
49,823 votes (37.4%)Winning
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  • Continued advocacy for federal investments in infrastructure projects like BART
  • Leading the fight against income inequality in Congress
  • Continued vocal advocacy and leadership on the war against women's rights.
Profession:United States Congressman
Total money raised: $2,992,657

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Royal Business Bank
$15,500
2
American Federation of Teachers
$15,000
3
Pacific American Fish Company (PAFCO)
$13,400
4
Integral Partners
$13,100
5
Google
$12,700

By State:

California 55.51%
District of Columbia 16.14%
New York 4.81%
Virginia 4.55%
Other 18.98%
55.51%16.14%18.98%

By Size:

Large contributions (93.81%)
Small contributions (6.19%)
93.81%

By Type:

From organizations (28.08%)
From individuals (71.92%)
28.08%71.92%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Republican
Small Business Owner
12,224 votes (9.2%)
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  • Education-Common Core is not working. We need to fix it!
  • Economy-We need to encourage and foster innovation in Silicon Valley and help entrepreneurs and small business owners to prosper right here in CD 17.
  • We need to solve our traffic and infrastructure issues--unbalanced growth and broken roads are impacting the lives of residents. We need to fix this!
Profession:Small Business Owner
Agency Owner, Peter Kuo Insurance Agency (1994current)
Committee Member, West Valley-Mission College Community College District -Citizens Bond Oversight Committee — Appointed position (2015current)
San Jose State University Bachelor of Science , Major: Aviation Operations and minor in Business Management. Studied Labor Relations and Business Management (1991)
President Elect, Rotary Club of Huaren in Silicon Valley (2015current)
Board of Director, Life Chronicles www.lifechronicles.org (2013current)
Board of Director, Opera Bravura (2012current)
Board of Director, SPARC www.sparcgop.org (2014current)
President, NAIFA Silicon Valley (20102011)
  • Silicon Valley GOP
Total money raised: $14,234

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Peter Kuo
$6,101
2
Ko, Yong
$1,000
3
New Era Distribution
$500
4
Discovery Counseling Center
$250
4
Prou.net, Inc.
$250
4
Rees Properties
$250
4
Rockledge Associates
$250

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (84.66%)
Small contributions (15.34%)
84.66%15.34%

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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Republican
Certified Public Accountant
10,448 votes (7.8%)
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Total money raised: $4,760

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co
$2,700
2
Ronald H Cohen
$2,077
3
Olsen, Alan L
$-1,400

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

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

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Email roncohenforcongress2016@gmail.com
Democratic
Councilmember/High-Tech Worker
5,533 votes (4.2%)
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  • Implement bipartisan recommendations on the National Debt.
  • Lower income taxes and maintain the home mortgage deduction
  • Do not pay Congress until it fortifies Social Security
Profession:San Jose City Councilmember/High-Tech Worker
1.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.

Answer from Pierluigi C. Oliverio:

Support a path to citizenship and/or permanent residency.

Believe all residents of the USA should be fluent in English and that if an undocumented person commits a felony then game over.

2.
Partisan Political Climate

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 Pierluigi C. Oliverio:

I am not beholden to unions, special interest groups or billionaires.

I am also not tied down by political party dogma but instead I am a rational pragmatist.

3.
National Security

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 Pierluigi C. Oliverio:

It is a top level priority and must be priortized by full funding and vigilance while respecting the right of privacy of law abiding Americans.

4.
Drought

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 Pierluigi C. Oliverio:

Priortize water allocation by economic return and health of existing residents.

Landscaping and golf courses in Palm Springs and Palm Desert would have a lower priority 

Total money raised: $0

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Pierluigi Oliverio
$0

By State:

California 0.00%

By Size:

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

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (0.00%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Email po@fromhereforus.com
Libertarian
Retired Quality Engineer
3,125 votes (2.3%)
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  • Restore lost civil liberties
  • Expose and eliminate conflicts of interest
  • Eliminate waste in the interests of balancing the budget
Profession:retired software professional
Member of Technical Staff, Sun Microsystems (19942003)
Stanford University M.S., Computer Science (1989)
MIT B.S., Computer Science (1981)
Member, Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County (1982current)
Membber, American Mensa (1982current)
Member, Atheist Community of San Jose (2014current)
Member, American Civil Liberties Union (2005current)
Member, National Multiple Sclerosis Society (2003current)
  • Libertarian Party of California
  • Libertarian Party of Santa Clara County
1.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.

Answer from Kennita Watson:

     Immigration is a natural right we all have as individuals.  Immigration has historically also been good for the American economy. Unfortunately, current federal law often limits the opportunities of potential immigrants who could most contribute to our economy, while other laws and policies make immigration attractive to people who may become a burden on the taxpayers. Libertarians look forward to a future in which _all_ individuals are free to move wherever they wish, while at the same time being expected to take responsibility for their own well-being.  Meanwhile, we can move toward that ideal through measures like eliminating all numerical caps in existing programs for skilled/educated people (including the H-1B program, and for students who have obtained advanced degrees at US institutions).  The family preference system should be expanded to allow anyone to sponsor an immigrant based on economic support, without discrimination based on marital status or other factors. Decisions about  bringing refugees to this country should similarly be returned to the private sector, with charities or other organizations taking responsibility for those individuals they deem worthy of help. The US government should get out of the business of favoring specific groups, based on factors such as national origin or proximity to wars or natural disasters.

2.
Partisan Political Climate

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 Kennita Watson:

     The key to getting things done is to know what you want and to stick with it.  Libertarians base their policy proposals on principle -- they are not constructed from the latest political polls or for sale to lobbyists.  On the other hand, because these proposals are also often supported by people from other parties, for other reasons, we can work with them to achieve these objectives when we agree.  While Americans disagree with each other on many things, many do agree with many Libertarian proposals on specific issues, and on those issues Libertarians can work together with others regardless of party to make progress toward more prosperity and freedom.

3.
National Security

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 Kennita Watson:

     The primary justification for the existence of the federal government is to protect us from attack, but record defense spending far in excess of what is spent by other countries has failed to make us feel safe.  Too much of that money goes for programs that are ineffective and for trying to be "policeman of the world".  Some of it even goes for things that military leaders themselves say they don't need!  The defense budget needs to be streamlined and re-focused on protecting Americans in America.  Meanwhile, terrorism needs a different approach, because terrorism is not primarily a military problem, and can't be solved with bombs. Most current terrorist attacks come from people who have ideas that are hostile to those on which our country was built, but US military action has not deterred them -- if anything, it has made the situation worse by helping them recruit new supporters.  First, the US must stop taking sides among the various dictatorships and would-be dictatorships in the Middle East.  Second, the federal government should end "security theater" policies like what we see at airports, which just waste money and interfere with private lives without making us safer.  Third, law enforcement efforts need to be focused on the people who are the actual threats, without political interference.  Finally, we must recognize that government action is not the answer to bad ideas, whether they arise here or overseas.  Bad ideas must be opposed in the world of ideas, with our own better ideas.  The ultimate solution to the evil of terrorism is for us to have a such a successful economy and society that everybody will want to support us, and nobody will want to support the terrorists.

4.
Drought

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 Kennita Watson:

     Droughts are natural phenomena which we can expect to see again and again, but mismanagement by the both the federal and state governments has left us ill-prepared to deal with them.  Existing laws interfere with natural market forces, and make it difficult to apply both old technologies (such as dams) and new ones (such as new methods for desalination and recycling). Water rights laws should be reformed so that holders can sell them for other purposes, creating incentives for more efficient use across all sectors of the economy, rather than subsidizing particular industries at the expense of others.  Regulations need to be streamlined, so that all owners of water resources, public and private, can develop them and cooperate in a common market for water, so that this important factor in our economy can find its best use.

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