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California State SenateCandidate for District 25

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Evan Wecksell

Libertarian
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • To guarantee an individual's right to work and pursue their dreams
  • To create fiscal transparency for California and audit its most crucial programs
  • To make a safer neighborhood by creating workable solutions for homelessness

Experience

Experience

Profession:Educator, Comedian, Author, Volunteer
Podcast Host, Socially Awkward with Evan Wecksell (2016–current)
Private Tutor, Evan's Breakthrough Tutoring, Wyzant, Top Learning Center et al (2006–current)
Comedian, Self (2002–current)
Field Manager - Youth Programs, New York Road Runners (2003–2005)
Fan Development Intern, National Hockey League (2001–2002)

Education

Tufts University Bachelor of Arts, Child Development (2001)

Biography

Evan Wecksell grew up in Great Neck, New York on Long Island with three younger sisters whom he irritated to varying degrees. He got his first taste of employment as a camp counselor at Buckley Country Day Camp in Roslyn, NY. After graduating from Great Neck South, he attended Tufts University where he majored in Child Development with a double-major in Psychology. He graduated with honors.

 

Following Tufts, Evan’s first work experience was as a Fan Development Intern with the National Hockey League. He worked out of their Manhattan headquarters and was in their offices the day of 9/11. From the NHL he took a sports marketing seminar at New York University and it was during the final presentation that he uncovered his knack for comedy and promptly began a comedy career by taking a class at The Comic Strip on NYC’s Upper Eastside concurrent to starting a new job with New York Road Runners.

 

Despite both careers taking off, Evan took an opportunity to follow his wife to Los Angeles where he would continue his comedy and work other side jobs. One job involved working as a private tutor where he gained continual firsthand experience as to why today’s student can struggle academically.

 

Fast forward over a decade, Evan, still a comedian, has performed in 48 states. Evan, also a tutor, has served hundred of students across 50 subjects for over 6000 hours of tutoring earning over 1000 five-star reviews. He is even in the top 1% of all tutors on the international online tutoring platform Wyzant.

 

A prolific self-starter, Evan continues to tour his comedy and educate students through his own tutoring company ‘Evan’s Breakthrough Tutoring.’ He has also hosted almost 100 episodes of his podcast ‘Socially Awkward with Evan Wecksell,’ written two paperbacks about New York sports talk radio host Mike Francesa and has even been selling a product on Amazon under his ‘Because That’s Why’ moniker.

 

Despite his numerous individual endeavors, he knows that this next undertaking will take maximum effort, incredible empathy and cogent viewpoints. California is under attack. And Evan can wear as many hats as are necessary to fight for you.

 

It’s no longer about flipping a seat red or blue. It’s about flipping Sacramento back to the people.

 

Your rights matter.

 

And yours in liberty,

 

-EW

Who supports this candidate?

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Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Evan Wecksell:

I support relaxing zoning restrictions. That way homeowners can build small rental sections on their property; in turn, developers can be incentivized to build housing accessible to low and middle income earners. Additionally, creative entrepreneurs and humanitarians can build "tiny" homes and other types of small, modular housing.

What programs or legislation would you support to meet the water needs of all Californians?
Answer from Evan Wecksell:

California's water shortages are always aggravated by government programs. I believe water needs are best decided by the market's needs. The state's current heavily taxed, heavily regulated canals and pipelines create conflict and favoritism between government subsidized farms and other businesses trying to enter the market.

To reach a goal of carbon neutrality by 2045, as set forth in a 2018 executive order what, if any, proposals, plans or legislation would you support?  Please be specific.
Answer from Evan Wecksell:

I support free market solutions to improve technological advances in the energy industry. I also support removing oil subsidies so that new, green technologies can enter the market on a level playing field.

According to the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, we spend over $81,000 per individual who is incarcerated.  Other than incarceration, what ways can the State address safety and justice?
Answer from Evan Wecksell:

The war on drugs is a miscalibrated program that overpenalizes. If drugs lead to other crimes, however, those individuals need to have state-sponsored detox programs and be educated on how to contribute to society. Blindly throwing someone in jail without job skills or ways to improve themselves does not teach them a lesson or make them want to change their ways.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy can be answered in one question: “Are we giving the individual more freedom or less freedom?”

 

Despite not being a lifelong politician, I have always been in front of an audience bringing joy to them or sitting one-on-one with a student making sure they are being brought to a higher level of understanding. In both arenas I always know what resonates. Audiences want to be led somewhere and I think constituents want to know that you are legislating in the direction of allowing them to follow their dreams. Additionally, listening to someone cannot be underestimated. You can have every plan under the sun, but if you’re in your own vacuum you won’t get anywhere.

 

I am a member of the Libertarian Party, a group that stands for individual freedom, a free market economy and limited government. If you read the platform you would think this was all common sense and a political party wouldn’t need to endorse these points, but little by little, right under our noses, our freedoms are being stripped away by Sacramento and its special interests.

 

A freelancer can no longer freelance due to government overreach. A parent and doctor can’t make an informed decision about medical procedures due to government overreach. We live in a state that has the highest taxes yet also the highest rate of poverty. This would not be possible without a combination of poor fiscal acumen and downright chicanery. Why is California the only state not to open its books? Why is California the only state not to launch an anti-trust probe into Big Tech as they manipulate the information we can access?

 

I can give you my homeless solutions, I can speak on state pension, I can opine on Proposition 13(NO), but these are umbrella policies that should be secondary to just finding out how you are doing. Is life in California harder than it was four years ago? What are your biggest challenges?

 

I have no agenda. As a third party candidate I don’t have to cower to peer pressure and scurry to a party line when a crucial bill is taken up.

 

For those of you who just want a sane person in a position to make sound decisions for the greatest good then give me that opportunity. We can have a little of ourselves in Sacramento because I will listen and I will fight for you.

Videos (2)

— February 26, 2020 Evan Wecksell

He is a comedian, tutor, author, podcaster, husband and more, but now Evan Wecksell is running for state senate. Get a glimpse into his platform and understand why his motto is Your Rights Matter.

— February 26, 2020 Evan Wecksell

CA State Senate Candidate Evan Wecksell runs down the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and wonders whether California has been abiding by these inalienable rights or bypassing them. Booklet provided by Youth for Human Rights International.

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