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United States SenateCandidate for Senator

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Von Hougo

63,609 votes (0.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Create a secure digital portal to allow registered voters to see each bill before the U.S. Senate, including pros/cons, costs and benefits. Voters can cast their virtual ballot and instantly see it instantly where it is polling statewide. The major
  • Allow voters to specify the issues that are most important to them. Whenever a bill is brought to the Senate regarding that particular issue, a text or email will be sent ensuring that California voters are engaged in the process, having their voice
  • The water situation in California needs to be addressed. This includes addressing the archaic water laws and the unsustainable Colorado River Pact. We need to use every option to ensure adequate water for agriculture, fisheries and cities.



Profession:Science Teacher
Science/ Video Production Teacher, William S. Hart Union School District (2004–current)
Auto Claim Representative, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company (1994–2004)


University of LaVerne Masters, Education (2004)
California State University Northridge BA, Communication/RTVF (1993)


I am running a no donation campaign, so that I am beholden to no one except the voters of California.

Technology has made the world smaller and more connected, yet we are further from our from our elected representatives than ever before. Democracy 2.0 is a secure website where every registered voter has a portal. Each bill coming before the U.S. Senate will have a simplified summary with the pros, cons, benefits and cost analysis. Voters can then cast their virtual ballot and instantly see how it is polling statewide. The majority vote of Californians is how I will cast my vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate... every time.

Voters can specify their level of involvement by choosing the issues that they care about most. Any time a bill involving those issues comes to the Senate, a text or email will be sent informing you of the bill. Every Californian can have their voice heard on every issue, rather than once every election cycle. Democracy 2.0 will truly be transparent and accountable while putting the power back into the hands of “we the people” where it belongs!

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (6)

Do you support the use of a federal carbon tax on the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the use of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil and natural gas) as a means to both slow climate change and to reduce the deficit?  Why or why not?
Answer from Von Hougo:

Coal has no place in our national energy policy.  Fracking threatens to poison our most valuable commodity, our water supply with very little oversight.  I believe that we need support alternative fuels, not just to protect our environment, but rather because it is good business.  By embracing the future of renewable energy, we can become leaders in the next wave of energy revolution.  This will create jobs and put California on the leading edge of this technology boom.  This creates jobs, opens more disposable income which further stimulates the State economy.  

What is your stand on gun control laws at the federal level?  Please explain the reasoning behind your position. 
Answer from Von Hougo:

I am pro 2nd Amendment, but anti-NRA.  We need to enforce the gun laws already on the books rather than creating new laws.  Violent criminals who use guns while committing a crime should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. The "Gun Show" loopholes need to be closed and we need more effective sharing of information between agencies to ensure we identify those who should not have access to guns.  

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement good for California?  Would you vote to support it?  Please explain why or why not.
Answer from Von Hougo:

This is an issue that should be decided by the voters of California, with me voting their will.  The TPP creates the opportunities for the state to expand its trade, as well as the byproducts such as increased trade through the States ports and infrastructure.  This opens windows for trade if it provides for equitable an open trade.  Any country that puts tariffs on any industries should be excluded from the TPP.

At the federal level, should recreational marijuana be legalized? Why or why not?
Answer from Von Hougo:

This should be addressed at the state level.  While I am not in favor of legalization, if that is the will of the People of California, then it should be legalized.  However, I feel the Federal government should pass legislation to decrease nicotine content of cigarettes 20% each year to decrease Americans addicted to this legal drug.  The Federally sanctioned addiction is embarassing and hypocritical.

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 Von Hougo:

Ultimately each U.S. Senate vote should be decided by the voters of California with me representing their "will."  Water is the single greatest issue for California's future .  We need to address the archaic and byzantine water laws that date back to the 1800.  Additionally, we need to create a sustainable Colorado River pact with the 8 states that rely on the river's flow for their sustainability.  The current agreement is based on faulty assumptions from prior to Lake Mead being built that are 8 times greater than the amount than the maximum that has ever flowed through Colorado River.  Additionally, we need to increase usage of recycled water as well as creating new avenues of water storage.  We need to ensure that the groundwater is protected from pollution, while not overdrawing our aquifers.    Von's Platform in 80 second

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

This an issue that the California Voters should decided.  Polls have shown that the voters of California want a pathway to citizenship, not amnesty.  We are a country of immigrants and providing a way for immigrants to pay taxes, and proceed legally to become an American citizen would be the most pragmatic approach to a very complicated and critical issue.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Congress has a 9% approval rating, yet a 91% reelection rate. Why? The simple reason is there is no viable alternative in our current broken two party system...UNTIL NOW! 

The three things our Founding Fathers feared most were financial institutions having too much influence, career politicians and the parties (factions) becoming too strong. And here we are today! This no-donation campaign bypasses these issues while re-engaging voters in the political proces

We don’t vote for the politician that represents us, rather we vote for the one we think will do the least damage, and are often voting against the other party. The Republicans and Democrats both represent the far 15% of their base. I believe the other 70% fall in the middle, and vary conservative or liberal depending on the issue. No one represents this vast majority of American voters. The only time politicians pretend to care about our vote is when it is re-election time. Then they vote down party lines, completely ignoring the “will” of the people they are supposed to represent. Democracy 2.0 is designed to solve this problems.

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— May 20, 2016 Von Hougo

Explains how the Democracy 2.0 will allow voters to be part of the transparent and accountable process.

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