Two candidates are running for Congress in the November 4, 2014 election, including Jared Huffman and Dale Mensing. Three candidates ran for one seat in the June 3, 2014 primary with the following Marin results: Jared Huffman (76.59%), Andy Caffrey (7.36%), and Dale Mensing (15.86%, Mensing declined to participate) with environmental issues raised by all candidates. Please scroll down to the interviews below.
California’s 2nd Congressional district encompasses the northern coast of the state with over 700,000 residents. It stretches from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border, and includes counties of Marin, Mendocino, Humboldt, Del Norte, and Trinity plus portions of Sonoma.
A member of the House of Representatives is an elected public official who represents the district that elected them to office in congress. Their primary responsibility is to participate in the legislative branch of the United States government.
Members of congress propose laws, write tax codes, regulate both domestic and foreign trade, maintain a fully funded military and vote to declare war on other nations when it is proposed by the president. Members of congress are appointed to committees that best serve their personal knowledge or the district that they represent.
A House member is the voice of their district in the U.S. government. With the average House member representing 700,000 people, they must stay in touch with their constituents to be able to be aware of their opinions and needs and advocate for them in Washington. House members must be able to have the skills to write and propose bills, raise revenue through taxes, listen to expert testimonies on pieces of legislation, and be able to cooperate in bipartisan committees as well as joint committees with senate members.
- 25+ years of age
- U.S. citizen for the previous seven years
- Resident in state
Successful Candidates will likely have these additional qualifications, experience and/or skills:
- Communication skills including verbal and written
- Policy development and review
- Negotiations and debate
- Management and organizational
- Budget and resource allocation
Representatives with legislative and policy expertise combined with the knowledge of the budgetary process that facilitates the appropriate allocation of common resources for the benefit of community members tend to be effective governmental administrators. Such an individual will likely address the needs of the citizens of their specific geographic district within the state, as well as the citizens of the entire country.
Organizational and Financial Matters
- Budget: $3.9 trillion
- Members: 435 House members plus 6 non-voting members
- Length of term: 2 years
- Authority: Article I of the United States Constitution
- Salary: $174,000
- Professional Experience: Environmental/Litigation Attorney
- Governing Experience: U.S. Representative, District 2; Past State Assembly Member; and, Past Marin Municipal Water District Director
- Education: B.A., U.C. Santa Barbara; J.D., Boston College
Part II Interview on May 23, 2014 – Released October 27th
- 1. The “21st Century Make It In America Act” to provide tax incentives for creating good-paying jobs here at home
- 2. The “Build America Bonds Act” to boost job growth and modernize America’s infrastructure by building roads, bridges, broadband technology and investing in clean energy initiatives – paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes
- 3. The “Fair Minimum Wage Act” and the “CEO/Employee Pay Fairness Act” to deny CEOs the ability to claim tax deductions for pay over $1 million unless they give their employees a raise
- 4. The “Paycheck Fairness Act” to guarantee both women and men get equal pay for equal work, pass the “Healthy Families Act” to ensure paid sick leave for men and women, and increase access to affordable child care
- 5. The “Violence Against Women Act” and will expand women’s access to comprehensive health care and family planning
- Professional Experience: Videographer, community organizer and writer
- Governing Experience: Environmental Activist
- Education: Grant High School; coursework at U.C. San Diego
- Status: Declined to participate
- Professional Experience: Supermarket cashier, postmaster, and U.S. Navy
- Education: Coursework at Bob Jones University
On August 19, 2014, Jared Huffman and other member of Congress announced MIDDLE CLASS JUMP START at the College of Marin, highlighting the following five bills to be introduced, which appear to relate to the above six questions asked three months earlier in the above video:
Part I Interview on May 23, 2014 – Released for the June Primary