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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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District 53U.S. House of RepresentativesNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

U.S. House of RepresentativesDistrict 53

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About this office

Representatives are elected to two-year terms to represent the people of a specific congressional district in the federal government. They introduce and vote on new laws, hold hearings, and are responsible for approving federal taxes.
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Who’s Running?

For this office, only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary election appear in the general election. This is because of California's "top two" system. In some cases, the two candidates may be from the same political party.
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Democratic
Member, United States House of Representatives
198,988 votes (67%)Winning
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  • Improve the educational system and make college affordable.
  • Strengthen the economy and guarantee equal pay for equal work for women and everyone in the workplace.
  • Ensure military families and veterans are receiving the services, benefits and justice they earned serving our country.
Profession:Member, United States House of Representatives
U.S. Representative, U.S. House of Representatives — Elected position (2001current)
Assembly Member, California State Assembly — Elected position (19942000)
Member, San Diego Board of Education (Vice President, 1984-85; Preside, San Diego Board of Education — Elected position (19831992)
Development Associate, KPBS-TV (19771983)
Community Producer, KPBS Radio (19771977)
University of North Carolina M.A,, Social Work (1968)
UC Berkeley B.A., Sociology (1965)
Co-Creator & Executive Director, Aaron Price Fellows - A program that teaches multi-ethnic high school students leadership and citizenship skills. (19901994)
President , League of Women Voters of San Diego (19771979)

Congresswoman Susan A. Davis has served the heart of San Diego in Congress since 2000, when she was one of only four Democratic challengers in the nation to defeat a Republican incumbent. Since then, she has consistently won re-election with over two thirds of the vote. 

The strength of support that Congresswoman Davis enjoys can be attributed to her willingness to stand up for San Diegans, her responsiveness to their concerns, and her ability to solve problems. Susan listens carefully and is known locally and in Washington as a thoughtful, deliberative legislator who works to build consensus with her colleagues on both sides of the aisle, while staying true to her core values. 

Listening to San Diego 

Susan’s advocacy in Congress stems from her belief that San Diego families must have a strong voice in Washington. She has never forgotten the words: “we the people” and believes her job is to listen to her constituents and take their problems, concerns and good ideas to Congress. Susan brings government to her busy constituents by holding Neighborhood Day listening sessions in each San Diego community, by hosting regular telephone town hall meetings and by responding to hundreds of thousands of constituent letters. 

Susan’s legislative priorities reflect San Diego’s priorities: strengthening our local and national economy, improving education, fighting for the military and the families who fight for us and ensuring that San Diego gets its fair share of federal funding. 

Getting Our Economy Moving 

To get our economy moving again, Susan has called for fiscal responsibility paired with thoughtful job creation. She believes small businesses are the key to creating jobs and has supported tax incentives to help them grow. But Susan also recognizes the need for assistance to those who are still struggling to pay bills and take care of their family while looking for work. She has supported efforts to extend unemployment benefits for those who have been victims of the recession. 

Susan has stood up to Wall Street, big corporate special interests and credit companies and supported numerous bills calling for transparency, consumer protection, and equal pay for equal work. Susan strives for an economy that rewards those who work hard and play by the rules. 

Susan has also supported pay-as-you-go spending in Congress and a Bipartisan Fiscal Commission to help restore fiscal discipline. 

The economy has begun to show signs of renewal. In the past two years, more than 8,000 jobs have been created or saved in San Diego, including 2,900 education jobs, 2,000 jobs for the construction of a new federal courthouse downtown, 1,400 construction jobs for improvements to California State Highway 905, and about 1,800 other jobs around the region. For Susan, this is only the beginning of restoring our economy to what it once was. 

Preparing Our Kids for the Global Economy 

Susan also serves on the Committee on Education and Labor, where she has been a tireless advocate for improving education at all levels – from early childhood education until the time our students graduate from college. She is working to improve science and math teaching in our schools so our kids get the world-class education they deserve and be better prepared to complete in the global economy. Susan has also fought to improve student loan programs so college can be more affordable for middle class families. 

Fighting for Military Families and Veterans 

With our region’s large military presence, her work also includes a focus on supporting military families. Susan currently serves on the Armed Services Committee, where she is a Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Personnel. In this capacity, her priority has been making sure our soldiers, veterans and their families receive the services, benefits and justice they deserve. 

Susan has been a leader in Congress to repeal the discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy that prohibits gays and lesbians 

Improving San Diego’s Infrastructure 

Her work on behalf of her constituents has resulted in many local economic development efforts throughout the San Diego region. These include major infrastructure projects and support for our local universities and research facilities. Susan has played a key role in expanding the San Diego Trolley, obtaining a new San Diego Courthouse downtown securing NIH funding of which San Diego biotech companies are the greatest recipients. 

A history of service to San Diego 

No stranger to service in the community, prior to her election to Congress, Susan began her career as a social worker, after obtaining her undergraduate degree at the University of California at Berkeley, and her Masters in Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

In 1982, she was elected to the San Diego City School Board, where she served for nine years. In 1984, she was selected President of the Board. In addition to her service on the board, Susan proudly served as the Executive Director of the Aaron Price Fellows, a program that brought high school students from various socio-economic backgrounds together to pursue community involvement and leadership skills. 

In 1994, Susan continued her legislative service, after being elected to the California State Assembly, where she served for six years, focusing on education, healthcare and consumer protection. 

Susan and her husband Steven have lived in San Diego since 1972. Married for over 40 years, they have two children, Jeffrey and Benjamin, and three grandchildren, Henry, Jane and Theo.
 

1.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.

Answer from Susan A. Davis:

America’s success is not in spite of our diversity; it’s a key factor of that success. Immigration has been a conveyor of that diversity. It’s to be celebrated. Of course, we want immigration to be legal. Our current immigration system is not achieving that objective. We need comprehensive immigration reform to encourage legal immigration and humanely address the status of undocumented immigrants already in the country with a focus on keeping families together.

 

Independent studies show that enacting comprehensive immigration reform will be a boost to the economy, creating job and raising wages. Everyday that goes by without reforming our immigration system our country loses out on the economic benefits that go along with it.    

2.
Partisan Political Climate

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?

Answer from Susan A. Davis:

It's my constant interest to facilitate relationships on both sides of the aisle that focus on problem solving. Aside from committee work, I've striven to engage colleagues on following:

 

·      I brought together Democrats and Republicans in support of my bill to protect children and combat sex trafficking.

 

·      Led our bipartisan San Diego congressional delegation to secure $5 million to expand Sweetwater Authority’s ability to process more drinking water.

·      Democrats and Republicans are joining my effort in Congress to ensure door delivery of mail.

3.
National Security

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.

Answer from Susan A. Davis:

We have the most powerful and capable military in the world.  The all-volunteer force of men and women who dedicate their lives in support of our national defense is proof of our nation’s strength. As recent conflicts have shown us, we must continue to advance our military strategy to protect both our citizens and our national interests.  To be clear, there are areas where we must fill in the gaps in order to provide greater global capability to protect the people at home. We need to improve intelligence gathering while building trust with community groups to look for signs of self-radicalization. It will always be hard to anticipate but every effort must be made.    

4.
Drought

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?

Answer from Susan A. Davis:

1: 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?

 

Increasing sources of reliable drinking water and our region’s water independence must be a priority. California is in the grips of a historic drought and improving our water infrastructure will be key to surviving this drought and any future water shortages.

 

I have been leading efforts in San Diego to increase drinking water. I helped to secure over $5 million in federal funding for the Sweetwater Authority to nearly triple the ability of the desalination facility to process drinking water. The water produced by the facility provides drinking water to residents of Bonita, Chula Vista and National City. The City of San Diego is partnering with the Sweetwater Authority in the expansion and will receive half of the water produced.

 

I am also an original cosponsor of a comprehensive water bill in the House to upgrade California’s water infrastructure. Using the Reclamation Fund, which is flush with a $10 billion surplus, the Drought Relief and Resilience Act would fund wastewater-recycling projects, provide a $2,000 tax credit to homeowners for the purchase and installation of water-capturing systems, increase water use efficiency, and provide relief to farming communities. 

Total money raised: $488,420

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Qualcomm
$10,500
2
Border Health PAC
$10,000
2
Caterpillar
$10,000
2
Ernst & Young
$10,000
2
General Atomics
$10,000
2
Honeywell International
$10,000
2
National Apartment Association
$10,000
2
New Democrat Coalition
$10,000
2
Northrop Grumman
$10,000

By State:

District of Columbia 30.06%
California 27.44%
Virginia 18.83%
Illinois 4.00%
Other 19.67%
30.06%27.44%18.83%19.67%

By Size:

Large contributions (94.75%)
Small contributions (5.25%)
94.75%

By Type:

From organizations (72.40%)
From individuals (27.60%)
72.40%27.60%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Researched by Voter’s Edge
Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
53rd District

SUSAN A. DAVIS
Member, United States House of Representatives

As a community leader, my number one priority has always been to listen to your concerns and act on them.

I have never forgotten the words: “We the People.” My job is to stand up for you, taking your concerns and good ideas to Congress and getting the job done.

My experience as a social worker, youth mentoring program director and military spouse taught me the value of integrity, justice, responsibility, and a common sense collaborative approach to solving problems.

We need a top-notch education system that prepares our students for the innovation economy. As a grandmother, I know that my grandkids will not only work at different places, but they may also need to work in different jobs. This is why I have introduced legislation to make college more affordable and to improve education at all levels from pre-K through college.

Although we have gotten a lot done, there is still more to do as we work toward a strong future, especially for middle class San Diegans. We need an economy that rewards those who work hard and play by the rules and guarantees equal pay for equal work for women and everyone in the workplace. And we must stand up to greedy banks and credit card companies.

As Chairwoman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, I’ve made sure our soldiers and veterans receive the services, benefits and justice they have earned serving our country.

It continues to be an honor to serve you and I ask for your vote. 

Republican
Physician/Surgeon
97,968 votes (33%)
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  • Repeal Obamacare and replace it with a healthcare law that puts patients and doctors first and not insurance companies.
  • Strong Defense and National Security. It is urgent that U.S. armed forces be modernized to meet our security commitments and threats we face.
  • Reduce taxes and burdensome government regulations. Congress should ease burden on businesses and thereby encourage growth and more employment.
Profession:Medical Doctor. Chief, Department of Family Medicine at Sharp Grossmont Hospital.
Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, Sharp Grossmont Hospital (2012current)
Hospitalist, Department Internal Medicine, SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL (2009current)
Hospitalist, Department Internal Medicine, ALVARADO HOSPITAL (2009current)
BioMedical Ethics Committee Member, BioMedical Ethics Department — Appointed position (2009current)
Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, Sharp Grossmont Hospital — Elected position (2012current)
Vice Chairman, Department of Family Medicine, SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL (20102012)
Chief, Family Medicine Resident, Uinversity California of San Francisco – Fresno Family & Community Medicine — Elected position (20072008)
Committee Appointee , Internal Review Committee for the Residency Prog, University California of San Francisco – Fresno Residency Program, Fresno — Elected position (20072008)
Program Director/Teacher, Director of McLane H.S. Medical Educational and Research Program Medicine Camp — Elected position (20062006)
University California, San Franscisco-Fresno Doctor of Medicine, M.D., Family Medicine Residency (2008)
Ross University School of Medicine Medical Doctor, Board Certified in Family Medicine, Family Medicine (2004)
University of California, San Diego Bachelor of Science Degree , Biology (1997)
American Board of Family Medicine, Medical Member, American Board of Family Medicine (2004current)
Chief, Family Medicine Resident, University California of San Francisco – Fresno Family & Community Medicine (20072008)
Committee Appointee -Internal Review Committee for the Residency Program Ac, Uinversity California of San Francisco – Fresno Residency Program (20072008)
Program Director/Teacher-Director of McLane H.S. Medical Educational and Re, McLane H.S., Fresno, CA (20062006)
Community Service- , Director of McLane High School Medical Magnet Summer Camp (20062006)

 

Dr. Veltmeyer is an Ecuadorian born, legal United States Citizen, and exemplifies the American Dream.  Like many Latinos, Dr. Veltmeyer immigrated to the United States through hardship which strengthened his determination to achieve greatness.  He has come from humble beginnings, living homeless on the streets of South America, and has a powerful story of success and appreciation of America.  

 

He is currently the Chief of Family Medicine at one of the largest hospitals in San Diego.  As a Doctor he cares for the community on a daily basis and he would like to do the same for the constituents of San Diego and America in Washington DC.  It is time for a new generation for the American dream and determined leadership - only a Doctor can help remedy San Diego and America.

 

Website: http://www.VeltmeyerForCongress.com

Email:  VeltmeyerForCongress@gmail.com

Twitter: @Veltmeyer53rd

Facebook: www.facebook.com/VeltmeyerForCongress

  • Melory Tsipouria, U.S.-Georgia Friendship Association
  • George Juchum, American-Polish Cooperation Society
  • Republican Party of San Diego County
  • Congressman Duncan D. Hunter
  • Steve Vaus, Mayor of City of Poway
  • Jim Kelly, Grossmont High School District Trustee
  • Joel Anderson, U.S. Senator
  • Bill Wells, Mayor of city of El Cajon
  • Mark Arapostathis, Mayor of La Mesa
  • Guy McWhirter, La Mesa Councilmember
  • Bill Baber, La Mesa City Council Member
  • Latino American Political Association (LAPA)
  • Latino American Political Association
1.
Immigration

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.

Answer from James Veltmeyer:

 

As a sovereign nation with national security and economic requirements, the United States must determine who can enter.  Those who enter the country must have permission, whether immigrants or visitors.  The federal government has been too lax in allowing entry without permission or permitting people to overstay their visa terms.  This has to be fixed.

 

 

 

It is critical for the federal government to increase border security. Maintaining the physical security of our nation is a central responsibility of the national government, and that will mean increased manpower and increase physical barriers along critical portions of both our northern and southern borders.

 

 

 

Immigration to America is a privilege, not a right.  The United States needs to overhaul the immigration laws to insure that new immigrants will benefit the country through their skills, knowledge, and desire to assimilate.   Sponsors must be legally required to support their immigrants until they are self-sufficient. 

 

2.
Partisan Political Climate

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?

No answer provided.
3.
National Security

What, if anything, does the U.S. need to do in order to address national security and terrorism? Please explain your answer in detail.

Answer from James Veltmeyer:

 

The U.S. needs to focus on suppressing the expansion of the Islamic State and al-Qaida wherever they exist, either in concert with allied regimes or unilaterally.  This should be done as surgically as possible to limit collateral damage.  The U.S. should have the smallest footprint in the region that allows the mission to be accomplished.  NATO ally Turkey should be encouraged to play a larger role in regional affairs. 

 

 

 

Above all, the U.S. needs to consider its national interest first, which is to take whatever action is necessary to bring an end to radical Islamic terrorism which exasperates already difficult regional political transition. 

 

 

 

The Iranian government must be held accountable for any effort to build nuclear weapons.   Violations must have serious consequences.  

 

4.
Drought

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?

No answer provided.
Total money raised: $122,886

Below are the top contributors that gave money to support the candidate(s).

1
Sharp HealthCare
$32,334
2
James Veltmeyer
$7,500
3
Unlimited Drilling & Foundations
$4,600
4
San Diego Central Care
$4,500
5
Genesis HealthCare
$3,550

By State:

California 96.99%
Nevada 1.23%
Illinois 0.99%
Michigan 0.39%
New York 0.39%
96.99%

By Size:

Large contributions (89.93%)
Small contributions (10.07%)
89.93%10.07%

By Type:

From organizations (3.45%)
From individuals (96.55%)
96.55%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.
Dr. James Veltmeyer for Congress - 53rd District
  • Defending Our Nation 
    To safeguard our nation's security, James feels that Congress must act decisively to ensure that U.S. armed forces be modernized to meet our commitments and threats we face. Critical modernization actions needed are the expansion of our naval forces, upgrades to long-range bombers and fighter jet capabilities and increased funding for conventional forces to ensure that we retain our most experienced and accomplished personnel.

  • Repeal Affordable Care Act 
    As a doctor, James knows the endless regulations that the Affordable Care Act forces upon doctors.  The Affordable Care Act, has been disruptive, expensive and confusing.  The scheme is troubling becuase it is shifting health care decision-making to bureaucrats.  Dr. Veltmeyer values the relationship with his patients, and as a Congressman, he will work to restore the strength of that bond.  It is time to keep the confidential medical decision-making relationship between the doctor and patient.  

  • No New Taxes 
    Small business owners cite taxes and excessive government regulations as the impediments to growth of their companies.  Congress should ease the burden on those businesses and thereby encourage growth and more employment.  James Veltmeyer supports the No New Taxes pledge and as our Congressman, he will fight to roll-back unnecessary regulations.  Ensuring a vibrant economy is the surest path back to full employment.
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Source: San Diego County Registrar of Voters

UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
53rd District

JAMES D VELTMEYER
Physician/Surgeon

As a doctor, James Veltmeyer knows first-hand the burdens that ObamaCare imposes on health care providers. That’s one of the important reasons he’s running for Congress!

Respected Doctor: James is the Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at Sharp Grossmont Hospital where he provides leadership to over 200 doctors.

Proud Immigrant: As a child, James lived with his family in extreme poverty in South America. He was fortunate enough to immigrate to the U.S., moving to East County where he attended grade school and high school. Dr. Veltmeyer loves this country and knows that America is truly the land of opportunity.

No New Taxes: James Veltmeyer signed the official No New Taxes pledge and is committed to fighting any new taxes. James knows that excessive taxes discourage job growth. For a strong economy, America needs to reduce the twin burdens of taxes and regulations.

National Security: The dangerous decline of our nation’s international prestige and influence must be reversed. The Obama Administration has cut funding for defense, especially the Navy, over the last two terms. Restoring our nation’s military strength will be a major goal for James Veltmeyer as a Congressman.

Honors: James Veltmeyer was selected by his colleagues, through the San Diego County Medical Society, as a “Top Medical Doctor in San Diego County.”

James and his wife, Laura, attend All Hallows Church, where their son and daughter also attend school.

For more information: www.JamesVeltmeyer.com

— October 17, 2016 Dr. James Veltmeyer Campaign

As the the Chief of Family Medicine Dr. James Veltmeyer would like to help the communities of San Diego and he is currently a Congressional Candidate for the 53rd District. This video captures his outreach in local communities and testimony from doctors who believe Dr. Veltmeyer is the perfect candidate to work for San Diego in Congress.

— October 17, 2016 The Republican Party of San Diego

Dr. James Veltmeyer discusses his humble beginnings from living homeless on the streets of Ecuador to presently being the Chief of Family Medicine at one of San Diego's largest medical facilites, Sharps Grossmont Hospital.  Dr. Veltmeyer is an exceptional example of living the American Dream.  He running for Congressional District 53rd, he is a fluent in Spanish and a leader in the Latino Community.  As a Doctor he opposes the Affordable Care Act, believes that we need to modernize the military for the safety of armed services personnel, and decrease the burden of taxation on small businesses so that more jobs can be created. 

— October 26, 2016 Dr. James Veltmeyer Campaign

Meet Dr. James Veltmeyer Candidate for District 53rd Congressional seat. Dr. Veltmeyer is committed to helping the community and America. Go Veltmeyer!

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