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California State AssemblyCandidate for District 19

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John P. McDonnell

Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Reversing the disastrous decline of K-12 education quality in our impoverished urban communities
  • Developing medical treatment options to reduce the homeless crisis
  • Promoting better policies to protect the public from crime

Experience

Biography

John P. McDonnell was born and raised in the Outer Mission district of San Francisco.  He grew up in a working-class environment, the son of a cook and a telephone operator.  He graduated from St. Ignatius High School, the University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley Law School and New York University Law School.  He has been a business and tax lawyer in San Francisco and Silicon Valley for over 35 years, with a broad range of clients and cases for companies and individuals.  He has been married to Joanne Domecus McDonnell for 40 years, and they have raised four children in their home in Daly City.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am firmly planted in the libertarian wing of the Republican Party.  I believe in Thomas Jefferson's view that government should be limited, in order to promote and protect freedom.  As stated in the Declaration of Independence, the purpose of government is to secure and promote the rights of individuals. There is a constant power struggle between government and individuals, and as government power increases, individual freedoms decline.   Our Democrat friends are infatuated with the notion that Big and Bigger Government programs will solve all human problems. They are wrong, as our failing public schools demonstrate.  We should promote individual freedom and opportunity, and let the people develop new and creative solutions for the problems.

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