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Democratic Party County Central Committee — Democratic PartyCandidate for Member, Assembly District 78

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Pratima Gupta

Physician/Mother/Educator
19,483 votes (7.1%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensure that public health and wellness issues are prioritized in San Diego's policies
  • Addressing the need for a social justice framework in order to tackle the systemic racism in our society
  • Improvement of public transportation and bicycle thoroughfares in the District

Experience

Experience

Profession:Physician and abortion provider
Contract Physician, Planned Parenthood Orange and San Bernadino (2019–current)
Legislative Chair, Women's Caucus of the California Democratic Party — Elected position (2019–current)
Vice Chair of San Francisco Democratic Central Committee, San Francisco Democratic Central Committee — Elected position (2016–2019)

Education

UC Berkeley Masters in Public Health, International Health (2007)
Keck School of Medicine at USC MD, Medical Doctor (2001)
Harvard University BA, Biology (1996)

Community Activities

Medical Director, St James Infirmary (2006–current)
Community Canvassing Volunteer, GO Team of San Diego Democratic Party (2019–current)
Invited Speaker, Ethiopian Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2020–2020)

Biography

As a full scope women's health care doctor including being an abortion provider, mother of a toddler and 7 year old, and triathlete, you can guarantee that I have endurance, tenacity and discipline. I served on the San Francisco Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force and several Boards in the past, and I currently serve as the Legislative Chair of the California Democratic Party Women's Caucus. All of these experiences have helped me realize my desire to influence change and advocate for my community on a larger level by running for public office. I am also in the current Emerge California 2016 class and understand the importance of getting more women at the decision making table. As a medical provider, I am trained to listen and utilize a shared-decision making model to come up with a plan. I will take these skills and apply them to our San Francisco residents so that they can be heard and supported via my participation in the San Diego Central Committee.

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters San Diego (LWVSD) and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (LWVNCSD) (3)

If elected, how much time and energy will you be able to devote to this volunteer position over the next four years, given your other personal and professional obligations?
Answer from Pratima Gupta:

As a full scope women's health care doctor including being an abortion provider, mother of a toddler and 7 year old, and triathlete, you can guarantee that I have endurance, tenacity and discipline. I love making lists, prioritiznig, and will fulfill my duties and obligations to reflect the respect that the constituents and fellow Democrats have placed in me.

What is the most significant challenge facing this party in the next decade, and if you are elected, how will you help the party prepare to meet it?
Answer from Pratima Gupta:

I am distressed to learn that the Democratic party is losing membership, and I believe the function of the County Central Committee is ensure the reversal of this trend. I will work towards increasing member and registering people to vote at citizenship ceremonies, public parks, street fairs, and farmer’s markets. The Central Committee has currently reached a critical level of divisiveness which will only result in our opponents succeeding- we must focus on the issues that make us Democrats and support the city of San Diego to be great.

3.

What public figures, past and present, do you believe have given the most postive examples of what this party stands for? Please explain your reasons for thinking so.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I am a Democrat since I believe it is the party that values the individual’s contributions to bettering themselves and the group/world at large. The expression of one’s views are encouraged and incorporated into the decision making process. I believe in poverty mitigation and asset building via fair pay and improved job opportunities. As a working mother, I will work to ensure quality and affordable childcare and preschool, even working towards offering on-site options if feasible for our families in line with the Democratic values. I am distressed to learn that the Democratic party is losing membership, and I believe the function of the County Central Committee is ensure the reversal of this trend. I will work towards increasing member and registering people to vote at citizenship ceremonies, public parks, street fairs, and farmer’s markets. The Central Committee has currently reached a critical level of divisiveness which will only result in our opponents succeeding- we must focus on the issues that make us Democrats and support the city of San Diego to be great. The Central Committee’s role with regard to environmental issues is to endorse and promote protections of the environment so that we can be proud of the city in which our children will reside. 

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