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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 24

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Jeff Frankenfield

Global Accounts Director
2,564 votes (1.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Education is a primary goal. California receives about 8-9% of its education funding from the federal government, for which Congress holds the budget. This funding should continue to be allocated for high-need students.
  • Proper border management should mean that when people enter the U.S. legally, we are able to set them up for success both educationally and economically. This starts by designating resources to put the proper infrastructure in place
  • Mental Health: We must overcome the stigma attached to seeking mental health assistance and make resources available for those struggling to achieve mental wellness. I want to put programs for health coverage that fund mental health care.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Global Accounts Director for a Fiber Optic company
Global Accounts Directory- Communications, OFS (2016–current)

Education

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Gies School of Business MBA, Master in Business Administration (2022)
University of Washington Bachelor of Political Science (1998)

Community Activities

Football Coach, Dos Pueblos High School (2017–current)
Chaplain, Santa Barbara Police Department (2017–2019)
Pastoral Care/Counseling, Springs Wellness Center of Santa Barbara (2015–2019)
Associate Pastor, The Bridge Orlando (2009–2012)

Biography

For most of his adult life, Jeff Frankenfield has served his country and community in some capacity. His service to the country began in 1993 when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served 4 years as an active duty Marine. During this time he was meritoriously promoted twice for his superb performance, eventually becoming a non-commissioned officer (NCO). He continues to have a passion for maintaining the strongest military in the world, and ensuring veterans are properly cared for.

Serving in the Marines helped Jeff foster relationships with people from all different backgrounds. This experience forged the conviction that America’s strength is unmatched when we as diverse, unique individuals come together for a common objective, and Jeff will bring this unshakeable mindset to Washington D.C. as a congressman.

Upon his return home from the military, Jeff utilized his GI Bill to complete a bachelor’s degree, graduating in 1998 from the University of Washington in Political Science. He has since returned to graduate school as a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) through the University of Illinois’ remote degree program.

Jeff moved to southern California from his hometown of Seattle in 1998 where he then met his wife, Faith. They have been married for 20 years and together have a son, Joshua (19), and daughter, Eliana (16)

Since moving to Santa Barbara in 2013, Jeff has served the local community in multiple ways. He spent time as a chaplain for the Santa Barbara Police Department, including helping the first responders and those impacted by the Montecito mudslide. As a chaplain, Jeff was usually called on when tragedy struck, and to be there for those suffering the impact of losing loved ones. From those experiences, he understands the importance of mental health and access to proper medical care, as he has seen the results when people lack these resources and the consequences that can follow. He wants to see all citizens have access to this care as needed.

Jeff also volunteers his time coaching football at a local high school. He has a passion to help and influence the young men who will become the husbands and fathers in our community. He believes there may be no better way to improve our local communities, and our society as a whole, than to do everything we can to help the youth become successful adults.

For the past 23 years, Jeff has had a successful sales and management career in the fiber optic telecommunications industry. He thrives in relationship building, strategic thinking, and effective negotiations, which are all skills desperately needed in Congress right now.

Some of his customers have included government agencies at the city, county, state, and federal levels, so he has an understanding of how these entities operate, and the bureaucracy that can cause their ineffectiveness. He will be relentless in his pursuit of a more efficient and accountable federal government.

 

Jeff’s current role is as the Director of Global Accounts, working with the world’s largest high-tech companies. He gets to see firsthand how fast these companies move, and the creativity with which they problem-solve. It inspires Jeff to bring these same characteristics to Congress.

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 Jeff Frankenfield:

We are in desperate need of a solution to reinforce our water supply. Much of the water management authority sits at the state level, but there are several federal agencies that work with the state to help with sustainable water supply, clean and safe drinking water, etc. As a congressman, I will prioritize increasing and protecting our region’s water supply by finding ways to capture runoff that flows from our mountains to the ocean, push for desalinization plants, and do whatever we can to ensure there is enough water for farmers and non-farmers alike.We also need the EPA to be balanced in their approach so that we can create more systems. They have a lot of overreach that prevents individuals from having easy access. 

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

 

Congress has essentially not changed the Green Card (Permanent Resident Card) system since 1990, and it is completely outdated for the current global economy that we live in today. The backlog for those waiting for their green card applications to be processed now sits at over 9 million people and can take years to receive. This inefficient system is a disservice to those applicants and for the employers needing their help. The primary cause of the backlog is that only 7% of employment-based immigrant visas can be from any single country. This prevents legal access for many of the people who are desperately needed in the technology and agricultural sectors of the Central Coast, and this leads to increased illegal immigration. Congress needs to revise the per-country limits and pass legislation that works for our current economy

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

Congress has given authority and resources to federal agencies that impact American citizens, yet unlike Congress, these agencies do not have direct accountability to the people of this country, and that is a fundamental problem with a bloated federal government.

What legislation, if any, would you support to reduce American greenhouse gas production?  Please explain the reasons for your position.
Answer from Jeff Frankenfield:

Green energy initiatives, including solar, wind and electric vehicles are important solutions to protect our environment. However, we need alternative solutions for how they are powered. The mining of rare earth metals used in these systems causes radioactive and toxic waste to be released into the environment, and when mined domestically, into our nation’s water supply. In addition, 85% of these metals are currently controlled by China, and moving towards reliance on these types of energy could leave us extremely vulnerable in the future.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Jeff is running as an Independent (No Party Preference) because he is generally a centrist who values dialogue from both sides of the political spectrum, and feels he does not fit into either of the major parties. 

His priority issues include (in alphabetical order) Energy & the Environment, Education, the Economy (including combatting current inflation), Government Accountability and Fiscal Responsibility, Healthcare, Housing, Immigration, National Security, and better care for both our Veterans and active duty service members.

Jeff is a constitutionalist who believes in a limited federal government and that states and local communities should have greater power to carve out their desired way of life. 

Videos (3)

— May 10, 2022 Jeff Frankenfield Campaign for US Congress CA District 24

There needs to be a clear separation of federal and local government, allowing the states to be independant and diverse. 

— May 10, 2022 Jeff Frankenfield Campaign for US Congress

Both our active duty soldiers and veterans need support for mental health. 

— May 10, 2022 Jeff Frankenfield Campaign for US Congress CA District 24

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