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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 42

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Julia C. Peacock

Public School Teacher
30,237 votes (26.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Single-Payer, Medicare for All where every person is provided quality health care, including dental, vision and mental health services, without the fear of cost or bankruptcy.
  • Fully-funded public education and tuition-free college for a well-educated citizenry.
  • Gun reform legislation that bans military-style assault weapons; establishes universal background checks; mandates annual safety trainings and weapon insurance; and eliminates the ability of domestic abusers from owning firearms.



Profession:Public School Teacher
Public School Teacher, Perris High School, Perris Union High School District (2014–current)
Regional Assembly Delegate, National Education Association — Elected position (2017–current)
Assembly Delegate, AD67, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2017–current)
Public School Teacher, Boys Republic High School, Chino Valley Unified School District (2009–2014)
Organizing Lead, Associated Chino Teachers — Appointed position (2013–2014)
Public School Teacher, Mountain View Middle School, Moreno Valley Unified School District (2007–2009)
Certificated Substitute Teacher, Lake Elsinore Unified School District (2005–2007)


University of Phoenix Master's of Education, Single-Subject, Secondary English (2007)
University of California Los Angeles Bachelor's of Art, American Literature & Culture (2002)

Community Activities

Member, Democrats of Southwest Riverside County (2017–current)
Member, Temecula Valley Democrats (2017–current)
Member, Democrats of Corona Norco (2017–current)
Member, Moms Demand Action Temecula (2018–current)
Demonstrations Lead, Indivisible 42 (2016–2017)


My name is Julia Peacock. I’m a public school teacher, wife, and mother, and I’m running to be the next representative for California’s 42nd congressional district.

Kevin and I have two children: our daughter who is 20 and a third-year student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo majoring in Environmental Management and Protection, with a minor in Spanish. We could not be more proud of how hard she worked in public school to earn a spot in a magnet program for math, science, and technology in middle school and then on to high school to earn her International Baccalaureate diploma. Our son, a freshman in high school, is a funny, intelligent, athletic kid who constantly keeps us on our toes. He, too, has done well in school and earned a spot in his high school’s Health Academy where he will focus on sports medicine. He has a dream of playing baseball in the major leagues. He’s been swinging for the fences since he was two years old when my mother-in-law gave him his first ball and bat.

Besides my marriage and my children, my greatest source of pride is the education I’ve earned to become a public school teacher. Not long after our daughter was born, I realized there was no way we could afford to provide her the life she deserved without our own education. I went to Moorpark Community College then got a full ride with grants and scholarships to attend UCLA where I majored in American Literature and Culture and graduated with Latin honors. Eventually, after adding our son to the family, I went back to school to earn my Masters of Education and teaching credential in Secondary English and began teaching Language Arts at a middle school in Moreno Valley.


After two years there, I got an amazing opportunity to teach at Boys Republic High School in Chino Hills. It’s a non-profit placement facility for criminal boys between the ages of 13 and 19 with an on-campus public high school run by the Chino Valley school district. For five years, I taught READ 180 and the GED program. I learned so much about those boys: their hopes, their dreams; their fears. I learned that all of them were just kids, and most of them didn’t want to continue their lives in the criminal justice system. I have a three-inch stack of photographs of all of the boys I spoke for when they earned their GED and graduated from the BR program. I cried tears of joy for every one of them.


For the last three years, I’ve been an English teacher at Perris High School. Soon after arriving, I became involved in all aspects of campus life, including School Site Council where we work with Title I funds and how they will be spent for students, and as the advisor for four different clubs: Friday Night Live; Speech & Debate; Glee; and Peer Counseling. I also coached the girls’ tennis team for two years. This year, I am the campus lead for the READ 180 program to ensure literacy for all students. In 2016, I was voted Rookie Teacher of the Year by my peers. An even greater honor, I was voted most energetic teacher by the students on my campus.


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 Julia C. Peacock:

I believe in public-private partnerships, but I also believe that we need another New Deal approach to infrastructure, one that incorporates clean energy technology and sustainability. Investing in projects like improving roads, rail lines, and other major infrastructure will put people back to work across the country. A balanced budget that eliminates big corporate tax cuts for taking money out of our country and puts it back into investing in America and our workers is a good first step in making these projects affordable.

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

With a model like Healthy California SB562, I will legislate for a single-payer, Medicare for All option that provides coverage for everyone in the US, regardless of income or need. A gradual health care fund supported by employers in lieu of employer-sponsored plans and employees based upon income makes the program manageable and affordable. The key component, and one that is missing in the current Medicare system, is negotiating with the insurance and pharmaceutical industries. We cannot afford to deny coverage and risk bankruptcy for hardworking families while condoning multi-million dollar bonuses for insurance and pharmaceutical CEOs who make record-breaking profits off the sick and dying. We are the only industrialized country that does this and it must stop.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House.
Answer from Julia C. Peacock:

First, we must pass a clean DREAM Act that gives those brought to this country by no choice of their own a clear, swift path to citizenship. We must also develop a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who continue to contribute to the American economy and have committed no violent crimes on our soil. The United States cannot afford the deportation of millions of people who provide billions in our economy and who work in industries across the country that are a vital part of the success and survival of our people.


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

We must protect and enforce the Clean Water Act in all areas, including in our urban communities. We must reestablish the Obama-era Streams Protection Act to eliminate dumping of coal and other industrial waste in our rivers and streams. We must provide protection for groundwater at the source, and, as part of our infrastructure efforts, upgrade old, decaying water systems across the nation.

We must also protect agencies like the EPA whose job it is to use science and research to protect our natural resources and to protect our citizenry from the dangers of pollution and de-regulation.


If we spend the money necessary to protect and to improve our country's water system, we can count on a boost of the economy, as these improvements can create jobs and boost the economy.

We can work on water recapture programs and infrastructure that decreases the water lost in cities from runoff.

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?
Answer from Julia C. Peacock:

I believe we must demand more from our leaders. We have become a society that easily spouts whatever is on our minds due to the ease of anonymity found in social media. Schools should have mandatory digital citizenship curriculum that engages students in the wonders and in the responsibilities of our global, digital world.

According to this civility survey, most Americans look to their leaders as examples of what civility should look like and it is by far one of the most bi-partisan issues out there today. We must hold our leaders and ourselves accountable to truth, justice, and humanity. A fair electorate system and greater education in what free speech actually means will go a long way toward bringing civility back to our country and to our people.

Who gave money to this candidate?


Total money raised: $157,988

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

Employees of Medical Practice Management Resources
Employees of Canon
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
Employees of Proactive Engineer Consultants

More information about contributions

By State:

California 85.30%
District of Columbia 9.41%
New York 1.61%
Washington 1.60%
Other 2.08%

By Size:

Large contributions (56.55%)
Small contributions (43.45%)

By Type:

From organizations (12.10%)
From individuals (87.90%)
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a 14-year resident of South Corona, I have watched our community grow and change, becoming more diverse and inclusive. Unfortunately, we haven’t kept up with good jobs, infrastructure, pollution control, or traffic solutions. We have half the number of college graduates than the state average. 20% of our workforce commutes to other counties. We get an F on air quality. Changes to the Affordable Care Act put healthcare, our 4th largest growth sector, in jeopardy. Working families are priced out of the housing market. Tax-paying immigrants and Dreamers are isolated and vilified.


I can and will do better. Here’s how: Tuition-free college for a highly-skilled workforce; Medicare for All for comprehensive healthcare; climate action and clean energy jobs to protect our children, our planet, and our future; fully-funded public schools; affordable housing; workers’ rights; a path to citizenship; and more.


Throughout my life, I have defended what is right and just. I have advocated for students, parents, foster-youth and the LGBTQ community. As a congresswoman, I will stand with anyone committed to protecting democracy, civil rights, national security, and the American Dream.


We can do this together.

Position Papers

Campaign Issues


We have an incredible amount of work to do to continue to move our country forward and to stop the assault on democracy and our citizens.


We are responsible for doing all in our power to protect our planet for the generations to follow. Carbon pricing, or Cap and Trade, holds polluters responsible. The average American must pay a fee to disposal companies to remove their waste. Why not businesses? Why are businesses exempt from contributing to the care of the planet when they are responsible for helping to pollute it? Droughts, floods, and other extreme weather; loss of agricultural livelihoods; and a lack of fresh drinking water sources are all part of the outcome of putting financial interests ahead of the health and safety of our planet, and ultimately ahead of our citizens.


America should be leading the fight against climate change. Richard Nixon, a Republican, founded the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, and it paved the way for other countries to pass crucial environmental protection laws. We should take similar measures to fight climate change. 97% of climate scientists and our own military leaders agree that climate change is happening right now. This must be dealt with by establishing real programs that protect the environment, by increasing clean energy production, and by guaranteeing we are leaving the planet better than we found it for future generations and their right to drink clean water and to breathe clean air. There are currently almost half a million jobs in the related clean energy sector with half of those jobs in Southern California. Clean energy provides long term, environmentally-friendly solutions to our environmental challenges. We must renew our commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement and take the United States off the list of international climate deniers that includes no other countries in the world.



Healthcare should be treated as a right, not a privilege, because you shouldn’t have to be wealthy to stay healthy.


According to the Inland Empire Economic Partnership, the Inland Empire’s leading job growth sector has been health care. Between 2010-2016, the population grew by 262,547. The industry also saw incredible growth under the ACA, when the number of uninsured decreased from 712,217 in 2013 to 365,374 in 2015, a decrease of 48.7%. Our region cannot afford to lose job growth because of incompetent and inhumane government actions.


I commit to passing legislation that provides Medicare for All. The University of Massachusetts-Amherst conducted a study on SB 562, also known as Healthy California. Under this plan, Americans get a raise, businesses make profits, and all of us see get the coverage we deserve. If the California, the 5th largest economy in the world, can find the will to establish Medicare for All, then so can the country. Corporations have no business making money off the sick and dying. They have no business reaping unparalleled profits while average Americans have to choose between paying their bills and seeing the doctor. We are the only industrialized nation to allow our citizens to go bankrupt over the cost of healthcare.



We are a nation of immigrants who make communities stronger. I wholeheartedly refute the assertion by the current administration and Republicans in Congress that they bring more crime. I believe in a comprehensive path to citizenship, which will increase economic development across the country and allow money normally spent on detention and deportation to be used in other areas like the environment, education, and health care. I also believe a clean DREAM Act includes making our hardworking and contributing young people clear and unequivocal citizens of our country.



K-12 education should not be for-profit. Children in all communities, especially low-income, must be given equitable opportunity to learn and to succeed whether their parents can afford to provide them an education or not. Betsy DeVos is unqualified to lead the Department of Education and everything must be done to prevent her from destroying our public schools. Her plans do not protect low-income students who do not have access to private schools; do not guarantee the rights of special education and special needs students under IDEA 2004; do not hold for-profit and charter schools accountable to standards in education or in teacher preparation; do not safeguard low-income communities from the drain on education when charter schools are allowed to take much needed state funding away from community public schools; do not guarantee a lack of discrimination in enrollment or in hiring.


Common Sense Gun Reform:

When will protecting our children and families from gun violence be as important as protecting people’s 2nd Amendment Rights. And when will we realize that we can fairly do both? Universal background checks; universal gun registry; gun insurance that includes physical and mental health screenings and mandatory safety trainings; a ban on bump stocks; a ban on assault rifles; mandatory waiting periods; an end to gun show loopholes; no gun ownership for domestic abusers or those on the no-fly list; an end to conceal carry reciprocity. This is not a political issue; this is a human issue.


Unions and Right to Work:

Since the 1960s, union membership in industries across America has declined. Right along with this decline is a correlated decline in wages and an increase in economic disparity. The haves have more; the have-nots have less. Unions protect workers from unscrupulous bosses and supervisors. Unions work to ensure safety in the workplace. Unions provide better healthcare through bargaining with the insurance industry. Unions negotiate living wages for their members, which contributes positively to the American economy. Unions make America stronger. I will sign the Employee Free Choice Act and protect the Davis Bacon Act for all potential and current union workers.Community


When law enforcement agencies and their officers know the members of the communities they serve, neighborhoods are safer for everyone. Community policing works all across our country and should be of the highest priority in combating crime in our cities. Constituents want safe places to raise their children. When we work together with law enforcement and community leaders, we can and will find solutions to crime in America.


Our law enforcement officers are hired to protect and to serve. They face life-threatening challenges on a daily basis. They should have the best training available to them, including training on how to deal with suspects who suffer from mental health challenges. Included in this training needs to be the understanding that no one is above the law. Just as those who commit crime should be held accountable for their actions in a reasonable, fitting way, officers must also be held accountable for their actions. Proper training will go a long way toward ensuring the safety of everyone involved in law and order in America.


Women’s Health:

Women should have access to quality reproductive healthcare. Organizations like Planned Parenthood provide services to women far beyond the issue of abortion: Pap smears to help detect cancer before it becomes deadly; birth control so women can avoid pregnancy and not be faced with the horrible decision of whether or not to keep an unborn child; mammograms to help detect and to prevent the devastating effects of breast cancer. These are only a tiny glimpse into what Planned Parenthood does, and they are not allowed to use federal funding to perform abortions in any case that isn’t life threatening to the mother or her unborn child. Whatever the services needed, it is a woman and her doctor who should be the only ones involved in choices about her health care issues.


Marriage Equality:

The Supreme Court ruled that marriage equality means all marriages. Granting the LGBTQ+ community equal protection under the law ensures the fair treatment of all of our community members. We cannot go backward on Civil Rights for any member of our society.



Trade is a powerful word in America. However, it doesn’t have to be the enemy of Americans or the American economy. Trade provides the opportunity for American goods to be sold overseas, making our country stronger and our industries more profitable. We cannot shut off trade across the world, but we can provide more incentives to American corporations to help encourage them to keep Made in the USA a strong, workable model, for companies and for American workers. Yes, trade has hurt manufacturing, but only around 13% of American jobs have been lost to trade. The rest have been slowly dwindling since the late 1950s thanks to automation and technology. In order to change this, I believe we need to educate workers in modern ways, including through Career and Technical Education paths in public schools, and vocational training at no-cost post graduation or when jobs are lost due to automation or technological advancement.


Muslim Ban:

When you ban refugees and immigrants from specific Muslim-majority countries although not one incident of death or violence against Americans in America have occurred from any refugees from any of those specific countries, and you insist that Christians will be given priority when issuing visas and green cards, you ARE creating a Muslim ban. Our country is a nation of immigrants. We cannot afford this premise of America First if we deny any group the opportunity to achieve the American Dream.


Religious Discrimination:


Discrimination disguised as religious freedom is intolerable. Allowing businesses and individuals to discriminate against people who do not share their faith, or to allow corporations to avoid providing insurance coverage for specific items, such as birth control, that goes against their own religious beliefs, is discrimination. With this argument, it would be acceptable for non-Christian doctors, teachers, lawyers, and other business professionals to refuse to treat, educate, represent or otherwise do business with Christians. Either way, it comes down to protecting and accepting a preferred religion for the United States, which is against the law, unconstitutional, and a violation of the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion.

Videos (4)

— May 17, 2018 Paid for by Julia Peacock for Congress

An affordable way to bring healthcare to all Americans.

— May 17, 2018 Paid for by Julia Peacock for Congress

We must legislate to protect our environment so we can ensure a stable future for generations to come. Our current representative gets an F on the environment. #CA42 and America deserve a teacher with an A.

— May 17, 2018 Paid for by Julia Peacock for Congress

What if we could afford to give every child higher education for the cost of one latte per month per household in America? We can.

— May 17, 2018 Paid for by Julia Peacock for Congress

We must fully fund and protect public education for all children.

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