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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 9

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Harpreet Singh Chima

Union Organizer/Researcher
6,667 votes (7.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • HOUSING FOR FAMILIES, NOT FOR WALL STREET: Every American must have a safe, decent & affordable home. We cannot continue to let high rents drain our economy. And we must harness the power of the government to build homes where they are needed most.
  • GREEN NEW DEAL & GOOD UNION JOBS: Labor must be at the heart of this effort for a sustainable energy sector. We can create manufacturing jobs here at home and high-skilled, high-paying jobs to run the energy sector of the future.
  • SOCIAL SECURITY & A DIGNIFIED RETIREMENT: Too many of our elders and seniors dare not dream about retirement. I support legislation to strengthen and expand Social Security. Everyone deserves to retire in security, with dignity.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Union Organizer / Researcher
Clinical Researcher, University of California (2020–current)
Member-At-Large, UPTE-CWA 9119 AFL-CIO Davis Local 6 Executive Board — Elected position (2021–current)

Education

University of California, Davis B.S., Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior (2011)

Biography

My name is Harpreet Singh Chima. I am running to represent California’s 9th Congressional District.

Growing up, I watched my parents work hard and achieve the American Dream. As immigrants, they saved up to start their own business. And although there were difficulties along the way, eventually they achieved financial stability. They bought a home and raised their family.

After I graduated with a bachelor’s in Neurobiology from the University of California, Davis, I worked on progressive campaigns for City Council and District Attorney. I organized coalitions to support Green New Deal legislation and affordable student housing. I am also a member-at-large at my UPTE-CWA 9119 union local. I worked with my fellow union members to raise funds for our undocumented neighbors when our government failed to deliver them the first round of COVID-19 stimulus payments.  And I am helping lead the effort for a non-police first responders program, CALL Stockton.

After years of progressive activism, I look at our community and see the lack of progress we have made. Today, there are fewer possibilities of reaching the same American Dream my parents achieved. The costs of education, of housing, of living have all skyrocketed. But wages have barely gone up. The middle class continues to shrink. Too many working people live on the brink of poverty. But our politicians are content to fix things around the edges. The sense of hurt, pain, and urgency we feel is not reflected in the actions of the people we elect to represent us.

I’m running for Congress because I believe our government should serve the people who do the actual work of keeping this country running. Join me, so we can work together to improve the lives of our families, friends, and neighbors.

Who supports this candidate?

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $63,827

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

1
Harpreet Singh Chima
$10,047
2
Employees of Subway
$8,050
3
Employees of Ca Dept Health Care Svcs
$5,800
3
Employees of Subway Sandwiches
$5,800
3
Employees of Walgreens
$5,800

More information about contributions

By State:

California 87.72%
Florida 6.24%
Colorado 4.73%
Washington 1.18%
Other 0.13%
87.72%

By Size:

Large contributions (98.67%)
Small contributions (1.33%)
98.67%

By Type:

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

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

People in this district work really hard to create a stable life for themselves and their families. But too many of us and our loved ones are living paycheck to paycheck. And when you ask people what they’re struggling with, it’s almost everything across the board: housing costs, access to healthcare, limited educational opportunities, or not being able to turn on the AC because electricity costs too much.

And I see people carrying the burden of these struggles by themselves, blaming themselves for not being able to overcome these challenges. But no one person can take on Wall Street investors buying up housing, the pharmaceutical companies, and private utilities and their investors like PG&E. Because it’s you versus an army of investors, lobbyists, and their allies in Congress passing legislation that basically puts you in a no-win situation.

I’m running to take on the people who benefit from the pain and hurt that so many of us are feeling because that is what the government is supposed to do for you. 

My experience as a union organizer gives me the confidence and the skills needed to build the coalition to do it. Because at the end of the day, no amount of propaganda on FOX or MSNBC is going to convince you that working full time and spending more than half your paycheck on rent, to the point that you can’t even afford a nice day out with your kids, is the right way for an economy or society to function. So, the other side might have lobbyists and money, but I’m confident we can build a wide coalition of working people, focused on the real material needs that we’re all facing, right here in this district. And that together, we can create real change in Congress.

 

Videos (3)

We don't need developers or investors to fix our housing crisis. Housing is built with our labor and we can build it on publicly owned land. If we want to build the housing that millions of American people need, we can do so.

— May 20, 2022 Candidate's Youtube

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