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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 4

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Sean White

Solar Instructor/Author
24,460 votes (11.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Get money out of politics
  • Educate people how to vote against money
  • Repeal Citizens United



Profession:Solar Professor/Author/Contractor/Consultant
Board of Directors, Norcal Solar — Elected position (2013–current)


Dr. Sean White is an Award Winning Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC/ISPQ) Certified PV Master Trainer and Accredited Training Provider for PV installation courses from entry level up to expert level. He has been teaching at many different schools and has taught thousands of students in the USA, the Philippines, Canada, China, Africa, Mongolia and the Middle East. 


Sean authored the books Solar Photovoltaic Basics, Solar PV Engineering and Installation and Solar PV Technical Sales for Routledge Publishing. Sean was on the NABCEP PV Installer Exam Committee and helped author the NABCEP PV Installer Task Analysis. Sean also is on the energy storage committee of the Solar ABCs (Solar America Board for Codes and Standards) PV Industry Stakeholder Group. Sean is a California Licensed Electrician and a California Licensed Solar Contractor.


On a regular basis, Sean teaches classes for various institutions, such as Diablo Valley College, The Solar Living Institute and Solar Universe in California, Kaplan across the USA, Meralco (the main utility in the Philippines), Heatspring Online and for many other organizations. Sean has also presents 8-hour advanced PV workshops at SPI (Solar Power International) and ASES National Solar Conference.


In recent years, Sean has presented his experiences at international conferences, including SNEC in Shanghai, Africa PVSEC in Durban, SOLARCON in Shanghai, and Merisis in Beijing and Shanghai.


Sean excels at making difficult concepts easy to understand. He is a fun and entertaining speaker. Sean is always working on many projects at the same time. Whatever time it is, there is always a PV system that is producing power that Sean has worked on around the world. 


Sean is married to Ellein White and has three daughters, Seaya, Hanna and Victoria.


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Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Sean White:

The economy needs people in the fields where many immigrants work. Politicians act like they do not want immigrants in our country, while at the same time know that they must be let in to support our low paying jobs in the fields. Agricultural workers are going to be here one way or another. Since they are here illegally, they have less worker rights, which is good for business, but bad for the immigrants.


Also, the US is famous for high education institutions and we take a lot of the smartest people into the world into our country to go to our schools. Many of the smartest people in the world end up staying here, which is a problem for the "brain drain" within the other countries, but a benefit for the United States. These immigrants create technologies which keep the USA #1!


Examples of immigrants that improved our country:

Albert Einstein

Elon Musk-SpaceX, Tesla, Paypal, Solar City

Sergey Bren-Google

Alexander Graham Bell

John Muir


Also, many rich people from around the world immigrate to America and bring their money with them, which is good for the US economy.


I believe our entire political system, including immigration reform needs to be reformed, so that it does not cater only to special interests who pay for political campaigns!


We do have a reverse immigration problem. Many corporations have merged with other smaller corporations so they can move to a country where they do not have to pay taxes. They call this a tax inversion and is a problem.

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 Sean White:

I will not accept campaign contributions and will not have an incentive to play political favors to those objecting to good legislation.


I have absolutely no respect for the status-quo politician who is sold out to the highest campaign contributor.


If elected, it would provide hope for others that are disillusioned with the system. If someone can win an election without taking money, then others will run for office without taking money. In the mean time, most people are discouraged and give up on the idea that real change can really happen.


Most voters would agree that most voters are stupid for voting for someone, just because they have a pretty colored sign on the side of the road. Be part of the solution? Make a difference and vote against the pretty sign. It is easy to check on the Internet at for how much money a politician has raised. Vote against the politician who raised the most money.


My campaign is not about me, it is about a political system that is run by large campaign contributions and politicians that will do anything to get that money in order to get elected. My campaign is about starting a new paradigm, where people educated themselves about the money and throw out the bums. I agree that my chances of winning this election are small, but over time, I am hoping that my message will amplify. The greatest Republican of all, Abe Lincoln lost many elections and I hope to follow in his footsteps.


I would like to change our two-party system.

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 Sean White:

Weapons manufactures, aircraft manufacturers, Halliburton and many more multi-national corporations that make huge campaign contributions benefit greatly from conflicts in the Middle East. Usually, unless we are giving someone military support in the Middle East, the people in the Middle East resent outside influence from the United States in the region. Before we enter another conflict in the Middle East, we should require that all of these business that would benefit economically from a war should not be allowed to contribute to the politicians that are deciding to go to war or intervene.


I often have jobs and work in the Middle East and there are a lot of good people in countries that many Americans fear. There are good and bad people everywhere. I have taught solar classes to good engineers (good hard working family men and women) in Lebanon, Pakistan, Qatar and Oman.


I am torn between letting people in the Middle East solve their own problems and helping people that are getting killed now. There is an opinion that the US invasion of Iraq, (where there were not weapons of mass destruction) has caused an imbalance in the region, which has led to ISIS.


The US is allied with many non-democratic countries. Many countries spend a lot of money lobbying/influencing our politicians and influencing USA discourse.


America should be a democracy of the people, not the corporation. America should not defend entities that do not respect human rights.

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 Sean White:

We are going to eventually need to get water from wetter regions than within our state. Anything else is a temporary fix. Population is increasing, droughts are common, temperatures are rising and aquifers are drying up. Tweaking the limited water supply in the Delta is only a temporary fix. It is very wet to the north of California and eventually we will get water from the north and it will cost a lot. As world populations increase, water for farming is becoming increasingly scarce. It may be that the wars of the future will be fought over access to water. Some people say that the war in Syria would not have happened and ISIS would not have formed if there were more water for farming. Crops get thirsty, people get hungry, people get angry and a small percentage of them chose to die as martyrs. The “water wars” that we have in California are tame compared to the slaughter going on in Africa due to drought.


Desalination is very expensive, but it is a potential solution, especially with the exponentially decreasing costs of solar energy and technology.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Money corrupts politics. I believe that the cause of most of our problems in society are derived from the fact that it takes money to win elections and that raising money has become more important than good bipartisan legislation to politicians.

Want to get something done in Washington, pay money. Selling guns and need a good war? Donate to a campaign and get it done. Need to send mercury into a river? Pay like the Koch Brothers pay. Own a politician.

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