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David Hildebrand

Policy Analyst
30,259 votes (0.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • End Citizens United and Get Corporate Money Out of Politics!
  • Pass Single-Payer Healthcare that covers all U.S. residents!
  • Enact a living wage, starting at $15 an hour, tied to the Consumer Price Index.



Profession:Legislative Analyst - State of California
Legislative Analyst/Policy Analyst, State of California (2008–current)


Sacramento State University Bachelors Degree, Government (2008)


David Hildebrand is a Democratic Socialist running to represent the residents of the State of California in the U.S. Senate. The son of a union carpenter, and a past member of a union himself, he knows the value of protecting the working class.

David graduated from CSU Sacramento, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Government. He volunteered for Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign, and eventually became the Staging Location Director for California’s 6th Congressional District. It was during this time that he saw the true power of a grassroots campaign, run by the people and for the people.

After the primary, he felt compelled to stay involved and continue the fight for a better future. David helped out with a local school board campaign, and canvassed for healthcare, including the California single-payer bill, SB 562. After serious consideration, and seeing the toxicity of corporate money in political elections, David decided that he would start a U.S. Senate campaign to represent the working people of California.

David will defend California against a Congress and Presidency determined to cut the social, economic, and environmental programs that American workers rely on, and ensure that the government is turned back over to the people, its rightful owners.

David has worked as a Legislative Analyst for the State of California for over 6 years. He currently lives in Sacramento, with his partner Rachelanne, and their two dogs, Clyde and Aurora.

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (5)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from David Hildebrand:

I propose ending our involvement in foreign wars and using much of the surplus money we spend on these wars to repair our infrastructure here at home. In addition, I support a federal job guarantee, which would employ American workers in areas where they are needed.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from David Hildebrand:

I support and promote a Single-Payer, Medicare for All system that covers all American residents, and includes medical, dental, mental health, and prescription drug coverage. No one should be turned away from necessary care due to their inability to afford it.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the Senate.
Answer from David Hildebrand:

I support a pathway to citizenship in-place. That means there would be no need for deportation to apply for citizenship. Let's allow undocumented workers to continue to work, pay taxes, and support their families, while they apply for citizenship.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of Californians and the federal water project infrastructure in California?
Answer from David Hildebrand:

My platform includes a water reclamation and recycling program, where water is reused in major cities where it is needed, thus creating a source of water exactly where it is needed. I oppose the Twin Tunnels plan, as it is environmentally destructive, and doesn't yeild a single drop of new water.

Question 5

According to a "Civility In America” survey, 75% of Americans believe that the U.S. has a major civility problem. If you are elected what will do to address this?

No answer provided.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $29,493

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

David Hildebrand
Employees of Northwell Health
Employees of Vivo Agency
Employees of Proofpoint Inc
Employees of full circle of choices

More information about contributions

By State:

California 58.66%
Illinois 15.09%
New York 7.55%
North Carolina 7.55%
Other 11.15%

By Size:

Large contributions (78.03%)
Small contributions (21.97%)

By Type:

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

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

David Hildebrand is a Democratic Socialist in the mold of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Much like FDR's New Deal, David firmly believes that shoring up the working class will allow everyone to succeed. We have seen the benefits of social programs that help the working class in the past, unfortunately, we have let those programs fall by the wayside, instead experimenting with privatization on many fronts, and embracing trickle-down economics.

The experiment has failed. Privatization has led to market crashed, energy shortages, and the wholesale undermining of our children's education. It's time to reinstitute the policies that have a sound record of success. That means passing a tax plan where corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share, and don't get away with paying nothing at all, while working Americans are burdened with the rising cost of housing, food, healthcare, and energy. That means education for all Americans, not based on their status or wealth.

For a society to remain successful and free, everyone must contribute. The working class has paid for corporations and the wealthy for far too long, and it is time for the wealthy to pay their fair share. More of the same will only bring us more problems. Let's build a new, green energy powered infrastructure to replace the current system. Let's brig jobs, and training for those jobs to all Americans. Let's finally get representation for the people, and not corporations.


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— April 16, 2018 David for California

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