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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 29

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Shomir Banerjee

Republican
Physician/Engineer
68,772 votes (27%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reduce homelessness
  • Improve healthcare delivery
  • Improve water management

Experience

Education

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine MD (2006)
University of Cincinnati MSEE, Electronic Materials and Devices (2002)
Baylor University BSEE, Analog Systems Design (1995)

Biography

Dr. Banerjee grew up in the midwest, and moved to California for his medical training. He settled in Monterey County and has worked in primary care in this community as well as electrical engineering work in Silicon Valley. 

Who supports this candidate?

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (4)

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 Shomir Banerjee:

To reduce carbon production in the delivery of energy, energy production must be clean, safe, and profitable so that adoption is widespread.

  • Wind energy production is only profitable with subsidies, incurs a high cost in maintenance, and must be produced centrally, thus also incurring high delivery costs. Production of wind energy devices produces large amounts of toxic waste that is managed in other countries, and the carbon footprint of the manufacturing of the devices is very large, so the American public is mislead into thinking that wind is clean, when it is not.
  • Silicon solar offsets its large amount of toxic waste to other countries, and is insufficiently efficient to be profitable without subsidies, but it can be placed on-site, thus avoiding delivery costs. However, perovskite solar shows promise to be more efficient and cheaper and cleaner to produce. Perovskite solar can be manufactured entirely in California, using our unique natural resources. Commercial availability of perovskite solar is very near on the horizon. More investment should be placed in it, as well as de-regulation to facilitate faster implementation.
  • Nuclear power, in its current implementation, is inherently unstable, and now after several accidents in the past 50 years that is evident. Due to these accidents, the regulation in the nuclear industry is enormous, and the costs associated with that regulation make nuclear power production nearly unprofitable. However, thorium nuclear reactors are inherently stable, and use waste from existing nuclear reactors as their fuel, but their development is slowed by lack of investment and excessive regulation. Thorium reactors can also be made in a variety of sizes, facilitating on-site production. More should be invested in thorium nuclear energy.

I would propose the following legislation:

  • Sponsor state funding of research in thorium nuclear power.
  • Careful de-regulation of thorium nuclear power research.
  • Sponsor state funding of research in perovskite solar energy production.
Describe what proposal(s) you would support to alleviate the shortage of affordable housing for all income groups in California?
Answer from Shomir Banerjee:

Tax incentives for developing vertical housing in higher-concentration population areas, which are also where most jobs are. 

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 Shomir Banerjee:

Unfortunately there are no good, short-term solutions for this problem. The best way to approach this is to modify our school system to facilitate better outcomes in the long-term, and to modify our national trade policies to enable our economy to recover its shrinking middle class. 

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

De-salination to add more water to the aquifer and to meet the needs of the community and industry, if the community can bear its cost. Unfortunately this is costly compared to other, existing water management solutions. However, other solutions are not allowed, and there is no, newer technology that is ready for industrial scale production of water. 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $3,745

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

1
Triware Networld Systems
$1,000
2
Employees of Monterey Peninsula Engineering
$800
3
Employees of WDE, Inc.
$500
4
Employees of Rockledge Associates
$250
5
Employees of Wells Fargo
$200

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (95.33%)
Small contributions (4.67%)
95.33%

By Type:

From organizations (31.37%)
From individuals (68.63%)
31.37%68.63%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the California Secretary of State.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a physician practicing for 13 years, providing care for a very broad selection of demographics, Dr. Banerjee has developed an accepting and understanding social perspective, that remains grounded in conservative roots. He believes that we should be good stewards of the resources we have been given. 

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