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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 51

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Kevin Mitchell

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1,473 votes (1.9%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Stop the Drive to World War III! Oppose US militarism!
  • Defend immigrants! Disband ICE and open the borders!
  • Put an end to poverty and social inequality! Defend democratic rights! Oppose Internet censorship!



Kevin Mitchell, 30, studied film at the University of California Riverside and was raised in Southern California. Based in San Diego, he is a writer for the World Socialist Web Site and covers issues ranging from immigration to homelessness and the social crisis. He also contributes regularly to articles on film and culture. Kevin joined the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) in 2007 after having been radicalized by the Iraq War and the SEP’s intervention in the 2006 midterm elections.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (5)

  Family reunification is a process that allows immigrants already residing in the U.S. to bring in additional family members. Do you support limiting this process? Why or why not?  
Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

No, I believe everyone has the right to live and work in any country of their choosing, free of harassment and government abuse.  I call for an end to deportations and the attacks on immigrants and for open borders and the abolition of ICE and the Border Patrol.

  Do you support expanding the current border wall between U.S. and Mexico? Why or why not?  
Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

No, I call for the dismantling of the border wall and for open borders.  Workers have no countries.  

  Do you support creating additional regulations on gun ownership? Why or why not?  
Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

Yes, however, although I believe it is far too easy for the wrong people to get their hands on military-grade weapons, I believe gun control is used as a way to keep tabs on the population and take away their democratic rights.  I believe the issue of gun violence in America has a deeper cause that has to do with the sickness of American society and its glorification of police and military violence.  To do away with mass violence, we must do away with the source, capitalism.  

  Should the U.S. remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)? Why or why not?  
Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

I oppose NAFTA, but not from a nationalist, right-wing perspective, but from a left-wing, internationalist one.  I call for the unification of Mexican and American workers against transnational corporations as part of the struggle for a world socialist economy.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages secure affordable health care?
Answer from Kevin Mitchell:

I would support any legislation which would improve access to health care for all Americans, but this is imposible under the for-profit health industry.  I call for free, socialized medicine for all, which would be paid for by nationalizing the health and insurance companies in the interest of working people and not corporations.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Kevin Mitchell is running on a socialist, anti-war and anti-capitalist program in the interests of the working class in California and around the world.  He opposes all forms of national chauvinism, racism and anti-immigrant baiting. He will fight to unify all workers in California, the United States and internationally and prepare the working class for the historic struggles that lie ahead. He opposes both the Democrats and Republicans and their ruling class agenda of war, social counterrevolution, and dictatorship.

His political party, the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) advances a program not for the improvement of capitalism, but for its abolition and replacement by socialism.This means an end to the private ownership of the large corporations and their transformation into publicly owned enterprises under the democratic control of the working class. To provide quality jobs to all those who need them, the SEP calls for a multitrillion-dollar public works program to rebuild crumbling infrastructure throughout the country. 

The SEP fights for the right of workers to live and work in any country they wish. Mitchell demands the immediate end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids as well as the detention and deportation of immigrants. The SEP opposes all national prejudice and insists that workers in the US, immigrant and native-born, share a common fight against the bosses and billionaires who exploit them.

The fight for peace, equality and democracy is inseparable from a fight against the capitalist system, which subordinates the global economy to a criminal financial elite. The oligarchs control the political system and both major parties. To defend their rights, workers need their own party.

Mitchell's campaign is not simply about votes. It is an important part of the fight to build a socialist movement and provide a political alternative to the masses of workers and youth who are looking for a way forward. He urges you to get involved in the campaign. Now is the time to take up an active fight for socialism!

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