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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 45

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Ron Varasteh

Democratic
Scientist/Engineer/Businessman
44,449 votes (27.6%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Get money out of politics is my #1 priority (overturning Citizens United and move to public funding of elections + Corporations/Unions are not people + Money is not speech).
  • Address our contribution to climate change.
  • NO income tax on $120K income or less + Offset revenue loss by imposing marginal income tax rate on $1.2M+ income + Balance budget and reduce deficit, each and every year, once our economy stabilizes.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Scientist / Engineer / Businessman
Founder/Chair/President, MCE Communications (1987–current)
Chief Scientist/Engineer, MCE Communications (1987–current)
Chair, West OC Democrats (DCWOC) — Elected position (2013–current)
State Central Committee Delegate, California Democratic Party (CADem) — Elected position (2011–current)
National Convention Delegate, Democratic National Committee (DNC) — Elected position (2016–current)
County Central Committee Delegate, Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) — Elected position (2013–2015)
Nominee Candidate, 2016 US Congress, District 48, Democratic Party — Elected position (2012–2012)

Education

California State University, Fullerton MS, Computer Engineering (1987)
California State University, Fullerton BS, Electrical/Electronic Engineering (1986)

Community Activities

Host, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) - Greater Orange County (2013–current)
Progressive Community Organizer & Activist, Orange County (1981–current)
Co-Founder/Co-Organizer, Occupy Orange County (2011–2012)
Community Organizer, MoveOn.org - Irvine & South Orange County (2011–2012)
Co-Founder/Event Coordinator, Organizing for America (OFA) - Irvine & South Orange County (2009–2010)

Biography

I am a scientist and an engineer by education, a small business owner for the last 30+ years, a 35+ years resident of Orange County, and a long-time activist for causes pertaining to improved quality of life for all citizens of our great country. I believe in an effective and efficient Government, focused on issues of the “common good” that can only be addressed through an honest democratic process by citizen legislators, representing WE the People – not by career politicians representing narrow special interests. I believe in the free market system, but not in crony capitalism which privatizes profits and socializes losses. I believe in a free market system with adequate safeguards for consumers and protection of our environment. I believe in a free market system with a level playing field between capital and labor, one that provides safe working conditions and living wages not subject to threats of “outsourcing”.

I AM RUNNING TO BE YOUR NEXT CONGRESSMAN.

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $40,303

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

1
Employees of Qualcomm
$2,790
2
Employees of Law Office Of Soheila Hosseini
$1,036
3
Employees of Kaiser Permanente
$700
4
DEMOCRATIC CLUB OF WEST ORANGE COUNTY
$500
4
LAGUNA WOODS DEMOCRATIC CLUB
$500

More information about contributions

By State:

California 99.21%
New York 0.79%
99.21%

By Size:

Large contributions (78.97%)
Small contributions (21.03%)
78.97%21.03%

By Type:

From organizations (3.15%)
From individuals (96.85%)
96.85%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Is it acceptable in America that the top 0.1% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%? Is it acceptable that 99% of new income is going to the top 1%? Is it acceptable that Wall Street and billionaires are spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to buy elections? This is why we must overturn Citizens United and move to public funding of elections!

Is it right that in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, most of our young people either can't afford to go to college or leave school deeply in debt? If we stand up, fight back, we can do a lot better!

THAT'S WHY I'M RUNNING FOR CONGRESS.

We must make a fundamental decision. Do we continue the 40-year decline of our middle class and the growing gap between the very rich and everyone else, or do we fight for a progressive economic agenda that creates jobs, increases income, protects the environment, addresses climate change, failed trade policies, and immigration reform, makes public college education attainable, provides healthcare for all, strengthens Social Security, Medicare, Tricare, and ADA, and promotes diplomacy over war?

Are we prepared to take on the enormous economic and political power of the billionaire class, or do we continue to slide into economic and political oligarchy? These are the most important questions of our time, and how we answer them will determine the future of our country.

I'M THE ONLY CANDIDATE ENDORSED BY THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY.

I'm also the only Democratic candidate in this race that has been endorsed by the California Democratic Party (CADEM), Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC), Orange County Young Democrats (OCYD), and Progressive Democrats of America (PDA).

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