District 44 —U.S. House of RepresentativesNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election
U.S. House of RepresentativesDistrict 44
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- Education - I strongly believe education is the number one equalizer in our society. We need to work together to find ways to make childcare accessible, college more affordable, and to invest in job training programs.
- Economy - CA-44 has a median income of about $44k. Many families are struggling to put food on the table. I will work hard to bring good-paying and respectable jobs to my district
- Environment - CA-44 is one of the most heavily polluted districts in California – children walk around with inhalers around their neck because the air quality is so poor. I view this as a public health crisis and environmental injustice.
As the youngest of eleven kids raised by parents who immigrated to this country from Mexico, she knows that you have to fight for those things.
Nanette grew up in Carson and the surrounding areas where she attended Stephen M. White Middle School, learned to swim at Carson Pool, and studied at the Carson Library. In a district where the median income is $44,000, only 60% of students graduate from high school, and only 10% graduate from college, she beat the odds and put herself through UCLA and USC Law School.
Nanette worked in Washington at the White House for President Clinton and at the NAACP, where she focused on social justice issues and researched racial health disparities. Most recently she was a leader in the successful fight against Measure O, a ballot measure that would have allowed oil companies to drill in the Santa Monica Bay. She served as the first Latina ever elected to the Hermosa Beach City Council. Nanette lives in San Pedro and currently works with one of Los Angeles’s largest and most prominent children’s advocacy organizations to provide free legal services to children in foster care who have special education needs.
In Congress, Nanette will fight for working people. That means protecting American jobs, bringing more good-paying jobs with benefits to our community, raising the minimum wage, and guaranteeing equal pay for equal work.
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I'm running because I beat the odds here in the district -- the district where I grew up, where my family resides, and where people need a voice the most -- I want to make sure children here today can achieve the same American Dream that I achieved.
I believe that regardless of age, income, zip code, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation, we all want the same things: the opportunity to find a good-paying job, access to great schools, and safe, healthy communities where you can raise a family.
The 44th district deserves a fighter who is committed to serving the interests of the people who live here. Frankly, we already have enough people in Congress who put big business, big oil and big polluters ahead of the people they’re supposed to represent. We don’t need more of them.
In Congress, I will fight for working people. That means protecting American jobs, bringing more good-paying jobs with benefits to our community, raising the minimum wage, guaranteeing equal pay for equal work, protecting social security, making college more affordable and addressing the inequalities in school discipline that impact communities of color the most that creates the school-to-prison pipeline. And, unlike my opponent, I will put people ahead of profits and I won’t accept campaign contributions from special interests like big oil, payday lenders, or tobacco.
- Creating a sustainable national budget to boost economy and increase job opportunities.
- Improving our environment and addressing the impacts of climate change.
- Streamlining our immigration process, and providing current undocumented immigrants a pathway to citizenship.
I was first elected to the California State Senate in December 2014, representing the 35th State Senate District that includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Gardena, Harbor Gateway, Hawthorne, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lynwood, North Long Beach, Rancho Dominguez, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Pedro, South Los Angeles, Torrance, Watts/Willowbrook and Wilmington.
I previously represented California's 64th Assembly District from 2008 to 2014 and served as the Chair of the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee. I also served on the following policy committees: Elections & Redistricting and Human Services.
During my tenure in the Assembly, I authored notable legislation and have been an influential and decisive voice on various public policy issues including: addressing the state’s fiscal crisis, job creation, reducing childhood obesity and diabetes, improving public safety, expanding access to education technology and the creation of a sustainable statewide water policy.
In 2009, I successfully authored legislation to help build the world’s first ‘green’ professional football stadium. Located in Los Angeles County, the proposed 75,000 seat LEED certified NFL stadium and entertainment complex will create over 18,000 jobs and utilize the latest in technology, planning and design to create the most environmentally sustainable athletic stadium complex ever created.
I began my career of public service in 2001 when I was elected to the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees. I served two terms as President of the Board and oversaw important reforms to attract highly qualified teachers and increase funding to classrooms throughout the district.
In 2003, I was elected to the Compton City Council where I served in various leadership positions including Mayor Pro Tem. While on the City Council, I oversaw efforts to increase youth access to parks and recreational activities, reduce crime and promote business growth throughout the city. During this time I also served on the Metropolitan Water District Board, the Gateway Cities Council of Governments and the Southern California Association of Governments becoming a prominent regional voice for communities throughout southern California.
I received a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Master of Arts Degree in Public Administration from National University. In 2011, I was awarded a Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from the University of Southern California, and dual Doctorates in Theology and Religious Studies from Next Dimension Bible College. I am also a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Born and raised in Compton, California, I am the youngest of six children.
- Janice Hahn
- Jerry Brown
- Kevin de León
- California Democratic Party
- Planned Parenthood Action Fund
The Federal Government plays a part in California water allocation and use through a variety of laws. What, if any, legislation would you support in an effort to handle water shortages caused by the current and any future drought?
I would support legislation that creates further infrastructure to capture water from the rain we do get so that we can more efficiently make use of all water sources. Additionally, I will support legislation that creates guidelines for agriculture water use and provides the tools necessary to reduce water waste. I also support exploring new technologies designed to reduce and reuse water such as desalination.
Should immigration laws be changed? What changes would you support? Please explain why.
We must streamline our immigration process to find a path to citizenship and reduce unnecessary obstacles in the process. Additionally, I support providing the opportunity for all current undocumented immigrants to have a chance at obtaining citizenship as they have contributed to our economy and deserve to not have to live in fear of deportation. I have a history of supporting the DREAM and DACA acts that aid in fixing our broken immigration system, and help provide educational opportunities to undocumented families. During my time in CA Senate I have continuously voted in favor of laws that provide healthcare, financial services, and educational opportunities to undocumented immigrants and supported laws that prevents law enforcement from detaining individuals solely on immigration status.
What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.
The United States needs to maintain a strong focus on national security. That means creating stronger gun safety laws like preventing all people on the terrorist watch list from purchasing firearms. It also means building diplomatic relationships with our allies and investing in our military.
The political climate in Washington, D.C. has been extremely partisan in recent years. In that kind of atmosphere, what would you do to get things done while in office?
California has long been a beacon of hope and real opportunity. With so much gridlock in Washington, in recent years, many have looked to the Golden State to serve as a model for how to enhance peoples’ quality of life and give working families a chance to achieve the American Dream.
I’m proud to have been part of this incredible period in California’s history. From helping to lead California’s economic recovery to restoring devastating cuts to our education system, reconstructing our healthcare system through the creation of California Covered and from enacting tough gun safety laws to forward-thinking environmental policies, California has led the way.
Throughout my time in the California State Legislature, we made significant progress on improving the diverse communities all across our state.
We led the charge on environmental reform with SB 350 which revolutionized greenhouse gas reduction and took a stand to drastically reduce our carbon footprint. We tackled immigration reform when the nation failed to address it by creating a drivers’ license program for immigrants as well as providing health care to undocumented children. We addressed income inequality by raising the minimum wage and enacting laws that seek to end pay discrimination through equal pay for equal work for women and minorities.
Unfortunately, Washington has recently shown that it’s incapable of following California’s lead. Consumed by stalemates and brinkmanship, Congress has lost the trust of the American people. That is why I am running to represent California’s 44th Congressional District. I want to bring my local and state experience and skills to Washington so that I can work to break through the gridlock and get things done. I’ll do it the same way I’ve worked with those of different backgrounds throughout my career — by finding middle ground and building consensus around common sense policies.
Even with more compromise, I know that until the Democrats win back the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, political deadlocks will remain around progressive causes that we hold near and dear. Nonetheless, where deals can be made, I believe that Democrats and Republicans ought to work together. Where they can’t, I’ve developed a plan to create change right here at home in the 44th Congressional District to get things done for the people I hope to represent
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I am a product of 44th Congressional District. For decades, I have served communities throughout this region with one objective: work together to achieve our common goals. We all want great schools for our children, safe neighborhoods to raise our families and the ability to make an honest wage for honest work. That has been my focus while serving on the Compton School Board, the Compton City Council, the State Assembly, and the State Senate, and it will be my focus representing the people of the great 44th Congressional district.
Isadore Hall Positions on Issues
The following papers represent my positions and views on some of my top priorities while in office.
Economy & Jobs
I will take immediate action in Congress to craft a sustainable national budget and create jobs to help Californians prosper.
As Congressman, I will work to bring good-paying high-skill jobs to the 44thCongressional district. I believe that it is important to strengthen local families by instituting job-training and vocational education opportunities alongside traditional education.
Small businesses are the key to creating thriving communities and ensuring the prosperity of American families. I will continue to support small business in Congress by cutting red tape to help them to prosper. I will be California's small business voice in Congress and will work to give them every tool possible to succeed.
I want to reform America's tax system so that it works better for all Americans while providing the funds necessary for social services. This means ensuring that the nation's wealthiest pay their fair share while reducing the middle class tax burden. Additionally, I want to simplify the tax code and remove unnecessary tax expenditures to increase transparency and decrease taxes for average Americans.
I believe that a sustainable economy is a strong economy. It is crucial to enact policies that actively address the impacts of climate change now – before it is too late. It is imperative that we adjust our current policies and practices to create a more sustainable state and nation for the future.
While in the California legislature, I was a part of the creation of California's cap and trade program – which has served as a model for cap-and-trade programs around the world. I will work in Congress to institute cap and trade and to expand such programs to further protect the environment, because global warming is an issue that has no boundaries and an improved national policy can improve the lives of future generations.
America has a long history of being a welcoming home to cultures around the world. I firmly believe that embracing our shared history of immigration makes our country stronger. I support immigration reform so that everyone, regardless of their place of origin, can pursue their American Dream. The millions of current undocumented immigrants work hard and contribute to the American economy and deserve to live without constant fear of deportation. I believe that immigration policies should give everyone the chance to succeed, and should not make families live in a state of terror.
I have always supported commonsense solutions for our nation's broken immigration system, like the DREAM Act and DACA. These policies have given refuge to families of immigrants, and we need to expand on their successes. In Congress I will support a comprehensive plan that balances border security and strong enforcement with compassion and a path to legalization of those already here.
I believe that all Americans deserve to lead healthy and happy lives, and that means access to high quality health care. Affordable healthcare is a basic human right. For this reason, I am a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act and the national effort to reform health care. In Congress I will work to make the ACA run efficiently and expand coverage and improve access to provide the best healthcare for Californians.
I believe that all Americans should be able to better themselves through higher education. By supporting educational access programs like the American Opportunity Tax Credit and Pell Grants, I hope to reduce the college dropout rate dramatically.
As a former school board member, I know that early education is the foundation for a successful future. I want to give all students a chance to succeed by realizing President Obama’s dream of universal preschool. I have been a persistent advocate for more funding for schools and teachers in the California legislature.
In Congress I will be an advocate for the brave men and women that have served our country. Honoring the service of our veterans is one of our most solemn and important responsibilities as a nation. When soldiers return from bravely serving our country on the battlefield, they should have access to good jobs and high quality healthcare. Veterans put their lives on the line for the safety of our nation and they deserve the best when they return. It is heart breaking to see so many veterans homeless or suffering from mental illness without treatment. Proper funding to veterans housing programs and the VA are a necessity to prevent these issues from spiraling out of control.
Social Security and Medicare are promises that we have made to our seniors and Isadore Hall is committed to keeping that promise. I will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare in Congress. I believe that Social Security is a cornerstone of the American Dream. After contributing to Medicare and Social Security for their entire careers, seniors should be able to benefit from their contributions and know that they can safely retire.
I am a strong advocate of supporting our nation's allies and wants to continue to provide the funding and services necessary to support the men and women serving abroad. The United States has the unique responsibility and privilege of being the world's super power and peacekeeper, and we have the responsibility to ensure international peace, but for our nation's sake we must practice restraint, and only use our military when it is unavoidable and vital national interests are at stake.
I am a strong supporter of our relationship with Israel.
Social Justice and Equality:
I am proud to stand for civil rights and justice for all groups of people. My mother instilled in me a deep commitment to equality that has stayed with him ever since he was young.
I am an avid supporter of Women's Rights. In Congress, I will continue the work of Janice Hahn and protect a women's right to choose on all reproductive healthcare decisions from attacks by extremists in Washington. I believe a lot of work still needs to be done to ensure that women have equal access to quality education, fair pay, and equal employment opportunities. In the California legislature I supported California's "yes means yes" law, which defines consent for sexual activity and will help to protect women on college campuses. I hope to extend this standard nationally to protect all women from the national epidemic that is sexual assault.
In recent years many strides have been taken towards equality for people of all sexual identities, but we still have a long way to go for full equality. I am very proud of California's steps that we have taken for equality from legalizing gay marriage to extending greater rights to transgender individuals. I hope that California's leadership on equality for the LGBTQ community will continue to expand nationwide, and that the arc of history continues to bend toward justice on one of the most important issues of our time.