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California State SenateCandidate for District 28

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Anna Nevenic

Registered Nurse/Author
14,826 votes (9.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education: Anna Nevenic understands the importance of quality education. We must work to insure that every child can achieve their full potential. Our education system must prepare students for the jobs of the future.
  • Universal healthcare: My plan ensures that health services are appropriate, cost effective, and focused on consumer needs. I believe that every high school should have a health clinic. Patchwork approaches to healthcare is not working.
  • Economy: Sustainable economic growth is crucial for preservation of California's prosperity. Increase minimum wage and help young people because our economic future depends on their capability to buy houses, household items and repay student loans.



Profession:Registered Nurse, Author, Community Activist
Registered Nurse (previous owner of OAKS nurses registry with 100 employee), Self-employed (1980–current)


San Francisco State University B.S. in Nursing and Political Science, Practical politics (1984)


Registered Nurse for 30 years and member of the California Nurses Association, founder of a non-profit organization – United Children’s Network, author of four non-fiction books, life-long community activist supporting organizations who are concerned with children, education, environmental justice and health care reform.  Anna has a B.S. in Political Science and German language from San Fransico State University. Anna’s son, Eric Ketchum, is an MD specializing in cardiology.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Anna Nevenic has worked to make sure that women’s health is a top priority and she fought against ideological efforts to curb women’s access to preventive health services that save lives. Prescription drug treatment is a key component of any individual’s health care plan, and Anna Nevenic is committed to increasing access to safe and affordable prescription drugs. It is unacceptable that Americans pay inflated prices for vital medications.

Anna Nevenic is fighting the pharmaceutical companies when they overcharged for prescription drugs, and she will continue these efforts in the Senate to reduce costs for consumers, with the help of California’s Nursing Association, and other like-minded organizations.

The educational status quo is not good enough. Government sponsored mandatory testing should be eliminated and testing authority given to teachers. Preventing illiteracy and high school dropouts are my highest priorities. We should engage the whole society in this national crusade to end illiteracy.

The present war on drugs has failed. Billions of dollars of taxpayers money have been spent in nonproductive ways- there is a better way! More money for prevention, education, and drug rehabilitation. Prevention works, it saves lives and is cost-effective.

An economy must be restarted by investing in alternative energy, job training, improving education and creating internship opportunities for our college graduates. Young people are our future, and all efforts should be made to enable them to obtain the well-paid jobs in all sectors of our economic system. All this is possible if we give the same attention to all citizens and not just to the Wallstreet and the wealthy corporations.

As your senator, I will fight for change.  I  want to do what is right for my special interest- the children and families in California.  As a community activist I have always have always been fighting for Democratic values, social and economic justice.  As our political process degrades to nothing more than a competition for money, our education system fails and our healthcare system deteriorated.  As a nurse, community activist and author, I have a plan on how to deliver a more cost effective healthcare system for all citizens and how to provide a better quality education for our children.  If we educate our children today, we can prevent them from becoming criminals, drug users and teen parents.  According a Gallop poll, people trust nurses the most – many citizens have made the commitment to vote for me.


As a nurse, educator, school volunteer and community activist, Anna Nevenic understands the importance of quality education. We must work to insure that every child can achieve their full potential. Our education system must prepare students for the jobs of the future.

Anna will stand up for students and families to ensure that early learning childhood programs in the district receive the funding they need. Anna believes in making college affordable  and  all forms of financial assistance are made available to students. The future of California’s workforce will require better education to provide technical skills and innovative problem solvers. Businesses need employees who are job ready, and well prepared. Currently many children are falling behind.

The solution to educational deficit requires starting early. The highest return to human capital investment is starting early. 90%  of the brain is developed by age 5. Approximately 30% of our children in the district do not attend preschool.

The Mission of UCN is to bring women in the under developed countries information and services necessary for making decisions about their reproduction and health. Our approach is to strengthen the technical and financial capacity of local organizations in developing countries to provide reproductive health services and ensure reproductive rights. All of the projects we support will include components to prevent unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The only way to fight the poverty and hunger is by empowering women to control their own bodies and the reproductive rights. Whether or not women are literate, they are more than motivated to regulate birth - for their own survival and their family's health.

A woman dies every minute due to complications from pregnancy and child birth. Women and girls are targets of atrocities such as infanticide, sex trafficking, rape and domestic violence.

We lose six million humans every year just because they are females.

There are more enslaved peple now than there were during the 1800s. About 27 million people live in slavery. Every year, about 800,000 people are trafficked internationally and approximately 80% of them are women and children.

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