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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 2

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Chris Coulombe

Small Business Owner
16,028 votes (8.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • We need Americans to afford to be American. I will write legislation to suspend the federal income tax on the first $170k in salary for 5-years. Putting an average of 20% more of their own salary in their own pocket. Helping working Americans.
  • Our children are the future of this nation, they are the ones that will keep America competitive on a global scale when we are gone. We must align our educational system to give children the best and most relevant education for our nation's success.
  • Protect water storage in the region. We need to focus on increasing water storage capacity in northern California not on removing dams providing vital water. This is our water for drinking, food production, and firefighting. Improvements can be made.

Experience

Education

Norwich University Master of Arts, Diplomacy (2016)
University of San Francisco Bachelor of Art, Politics (2010)
American University Certificate, International Law and Organizations (2010)
Santa Rosa Junior College Associates Degree, University Transfer (2006)

Biography

Born and raised in Sonoma County, Chris spent most of his childhood in scouting and sports - hiking, camping, and backpacking the mountains of California. After earning his Eagle Scout, he found his calling in the military, joining in 2000 at the age of 18.

 

During his first enlistment, Chris was identified as a top performer and subsequently recommended for commissioning as an officer. In pursuit of the requisite college degree for a commission, Chris returned home to attend the Santa Rosa Junior College. He received his associate's degree before transferring to the University of San Francisco (USF) and earning his bachelor’s in politics.

 

While at USF, Chris earned a full-ride scholarship and selection by the Leo T. McCarthy Center for the Common Good for the coveted Washington Semester Program at American University. This fellowship took him across Europe, where he learned about international law and organizations directly from leaders of the various institutions of the international community, such as NATO, the EU, the UN, and the International Criminal Courts at the Hague. 

 

During his time in Washington DC, Chris completed his studies in Military Science at Georgetown University and received an internship at the Pentagon's Strategic Studies Group, studying military policy and strategy with the military’s top minds. 

 

In 2011 Chris received his commission as an infantry officer in the US Army, where he honed his leadership skills, ultimately achieving the rank of captain. The Deputy Commanding General selected him to lead the Pathfinder Platoon - a specialty platoon tasked with reconnaissance and sensitive material recovery for the division.

 

He also ran the Army’s Pacific Theater Air Assault School, facilitating the training of thousands of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the US and partner forces, qualifying them in helicopter rappelling and assault operations.

 

In his final military assignment, Chris was the most junior Army officer ever selected for a fellowship to the Senator Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), a Department of Defense think tank. He represented the US and US Army to dignitaries and senior security officials from almost every country in the Indo-Asia Pacific, focusing on multilateral and multidimensional solutions to regional and transnational security challenges.

 

At APCSS, Chris learned the value of establishing trust across borders and cultures and understanding the increasingly complex interrelationships of military, economic, political, environmental, and diplomatic policies. He also learned the challenges that form the security environment of the Indo-Asia Pacific.

 

Following this assignment, Chris earned his master's in diplomacy from the oldest private military university in the US, Norwich; finishing his studies with a thesis on the challenge brewing in the South China Sea and solutions available to mitigate war. 

 

Completing his commission in 2016, he returned home to family in Sonoma County. There he joined his mentor, learning the ropes as a business and political consultant, successfully running city and county level campaigns and advising companies in various industries of northern California and beyond.

 

As a small business owner, Chris built a state-wide logistics operation, produced an award-winning documentary, and co-founded a trade association. An association responsible for passing several pieces of state legislation critical to small business, a body of white papers, and representing the largest group of licensed distributors in the nation. He worked closely with regulators, legislators, and the Governor's Office of both Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom administrations to address small business viability - focusing on burdensome taxation, market regulations, and expanding commercial rights for the cannabis industry.

 

In 2018 Chris was recognized by North Bay Business Journal's Forty under 40; his company received the American Business Association's small transportation business of the year award and a Zennie Award for HR excellence. The following year he won the Irish Echo’s Forty under 40 award.

 

Chris lives in Sonoma County, where he spends his time with family. He enjoys supporting youth as a board member and past president of Scouting's Redwood Empire Council, assisting his childhood scout troop, and hikes across the natural beauty of California with his dog Xorro. He is an avid runner and a moderately successful gardener.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of projects and laws.  What, if any, new programs or projects or reforms to existing programs and projects would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
Answer from Chris Coulombe:

I will work to ensure that no dams of the second district are removed without viable alternatives in place. Further, I will work with appropriate parties to increase the storage capacities of regional dams where available, ensuring increased water storage capacity exists to provide drinking water, water for ag, and resources for firefighting.

We must also engage in programs that improve the biosphere of our region and reduces the impacts of drought conditions on citizens and businesses.

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

Our immigration program is largely broken. I will write legislation to re-imagine the methods we facilitate the immigration of new citizens to the US. 

As Congress Member what, if any, policies or legislation would you support to preserve democracy for all US residents?
Answer from Chris Coulombe:

None. We are not a democracy, there is no democracy to preserve here; we are a constitutional republic. This is a very important differentiation to understand and a dangerous one to misunderstand.

As a small 'r" republican I am running to protect the republic that ensures the rights and liberties of all Americans, ensuring business opportunities for all businesses regardless of size are retained by the citizen - not controlled or coopted by a select few. 

Here is a brief comparison of the two political systems sourced from a third party:

DEMOCRACY REPUBLIC
Ruled by a majority that enjoys unlimited power. Minority groups have no protection. Follows a written Constitution that protects the rights of the minority from being infringed upon by the majority.
Individuals can make their own decisions except in those situations that the majority has limited. Generally, individuals can make their own decisions, especially in situations where the Constitution protects their “unalienable rights.”
While all citizens supposedly have a say in government and are to be treated as equals, the majority often ends up tyrannically ruling the minority. Generally, all citizens are supposed to have an equal say and be treated equally, especially as protected under the Constitution.
The United States is commonly confused for a democracy. However, the will of the people should not, and does not, change the rules that limit the government’s power. Article 4, Section 4 defines the United States as a Republic.
Freedom of religion is permitted to the extent that the majority does not limit religious freedom for the minority. Generally, religious freedom is permitted, especially as protected under the Constitution.
Private property is permitted, though the majority may place limits on the property rights of the minority. Generally, private property is permitted, especially as protected under the Constitution.
What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce American greenhouse gas production?  Please explain the reasons for your position.
Answer from Chris Coulombe:

It is inevitable that our energy sources shift as technology advances but we also need to adapt our way of thinking about the format in which we use such energy. While the transition to battery stored energy is an important advancement, we must be careful not to follow the same corporate and individualistic consumer like mindset that made the use of GHG engines so widely produced and thereby inefficiently optimized resources. We must look at the use of energy resources as the zero-sum scenario that they are. If we repeat the mining and extraction processes that we used for oil and other fossil fuel resources, we will continue to degrade our environment, again unnecessarily costing us resources and time. I will support legislations that encourages the efficient use of energy resources with an eye towards long-term optimization. 

 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $9,525

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

1
Employees of Self-empl, No Separate Business Name
$2,900
2
Chris Coulombe
$2,000
3
Employees of Action Home Sellers
$250
3
Employees of United States Department of Defense
$250

More information about contributions

By State:

California 96.99%
Kansas 3.01%
96.99%

By Size:

Large contributions (87.14%)
Small contributions (12.86%)
87.14%12.86%

By Type:

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

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