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San Mateo County Democratic Party — Democratic PartyCandidate for County Central Committee, Supervisorial District 2

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Chet Lexvold

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Passing a Green New Deal to put millions of people to work in good-paying jobs transforming us to a clean-energy economy. It's the only proposal that meets the challenge, and opportunity, posed by the climate crisis.
  • Expanded-and-Improved single-payer Medicare-for-All. Accept no imitations. It's the only plan that guarantees healthcare for all, including medical, dental, vision, long-term care, prescription drugs, and hearing aids. End health insurance greed.
  • Empower workers by making it easier to form unions. Shift power to workers by taxing the rich and corporations. Shift wealth back into the hands of workers who create it by giving workers an ownership stake in the companies they work for.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Legal Research Consultant
Solutions Consultant / Legal Research Consultant, LexisNexis (2014–current)
Delegate, Assembly District 22, California Democratic Party — Elected position (2017–2018)
Attorney, Thomas Gorman Law Office (2011–2013)
Judicial Law Clerk, State of Minnesota (2009–2011)

Education

Hamline University School of Law JD, magna cum laude, Law (2009)
Hamline University BA, English (2006)

Community Activities

Founder, Peninsula Democratic Socialists of America (2017–not availa)
Canvass Organizer, Peninsula DSA for Bernie Sanders, Peninsula DSA (2019–2020)
Co-Chair, Peninsula DSA (2018–2019)

Biography

I'm running for a seat on the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee (SMCDCC) in District 2 (San Mateo, Foster City, and most of Belmont). The main responsibilities of the position are to vet candidates and ballot measures and vote on whether to endorse them.

After campaigning for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary, I turned my attention to local politics. In January 2017, I ran for and won a two-year term as an Assembly Delegate (commonly called an “ADEM”) to the California Democratic Party (CADEM). In that position, I joined the Progressive caucus and campaigned and voted for Kimberly Ellis for CADEM chair. Ms. Ellis narrowly lost to establishment favorite Eric Baumann, who later resigned due to allegations of sexual misconduct.

Further, near the end of 2016 I joined the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). I joined DSA because I realized we needed to build a mass movement putting people before profit to counteract growing right-wing nationalism and authoritarianism. After attending a couple DSA-San Francisco meetings, I founded a local chapter in San Mateo County, "Peninsula DSA." I've been a leader in Peninsula DSA since 2017. Through Peninsula DSA, I have:

  • Organized several canvasses for Bernie Sanders for President and Expanded-and-Improved Medicare for All;
  • Joined picket lines with Unite Here! Local 2 at several locations. Notably, we picketed with Pullman Hotel staff as they fought for a union that they eventually won;
  • Endorsed Diana Reddy for Redwood City Council and supported her successful campaign;
  • Fought for a variety of tenant protections and housing affordability measures, including: Prop 10 (Repeal of Costa-Hawkins); studies on rent control; and early implementation of AB 1482’s “just cause eviction” and “rent caps;"
  • Fought for Justice for Chinedu Okobi, an unarmed Black man killed by police in Millbrae;
  • Hosted & supported multiple “Free Brake Light Clinics” to replace broken lights to reduce the chances people would get pulled over by police;
  • Successfully lobbied Rep. Speier to co-sponsor bills for Medicare-for-All and a Green New Deal; and
  • Helped a progressive slate of candidates win ADEM seats in 2019.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Chelsea Bonini, Executive Board delegate to the California Democratic Party

Organizations (2)

  • Democratic Socialists of America, Peninsula Chapter
  • Peninsula for Everyone

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My political philosophy is simple: People Before Profit. That means a healthcare system that puts the well-being of our friends and family before the private profits of health insurers and drug companies. That means guaranteeing healthcare as a right through a single-payer, expanded-and-improved Medicare-for-All system. People Before Profit means putting life on Earth before the profits of the fossil fuel industry. It also means guaranteeing that the workers at health insurance, oil, coal, and gas companies have a just transition to their next job outside their current industries. Critically in California and San Mateo County, People Before Profits means putting people’s need for housing before the profits of the real estate and apartment lobbies.

People Before Profit requires having the guts to take on the industries profiting from our needs for healthcare, housing, energy, and so on, instead of quietly negotiating policy with them. It means confronting the current power structure protecting the status quo, where millions of people have no health insurance, and millions more have health insurance they can’t afford to use; where half a million people live on the street without housing; where the three richest men have as much wealth as the bottom 160 million people in the U.S., where the minimum wage is a starvation wage and can’t pay for a median apartment in any city in the entire country.

I also believe the only way transformational change can take place is through movements. I believe we need a mass movement led by a multi-racial, working-class coalition to defeat the entrenched interests opposed to our goals, and that’s why I organize with DSA and form coalitions with other grassroots organizations.

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