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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 1

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Audrey Denney

Agricultural Educator
92,655 votes (39.4%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Audrey believes we need to move beyond partisan politics to accomplish shared goals, like combatting poverty and unemployment, improving access to health care, quality education, rural infrastructure, protecting our water, and preventing wildfires.
  • Audrey believes, that every American deserves access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, and no one should go bankrupt because of illness or be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
  • Audrey has pledged not to accept corporate PAC contributions, and will fight to get money out of elections, because it is her firm belief that our elected officials should serve the voters, not corporations or special interests.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Agricultural Educator
Learning Designer, Vivayic (2015–current)
Board Member, Cristosal - Advancing human rights in Central America — Elected position (2016–current)
Lecturer, California State University, Chico (2009–2014)
Outreach and Retention Coordinator, College of Agriculture, California State University, Chico (2009–2014)

Education

California State University, Chico Master's of Science, Agriculture Education (2014)
California State University, Chico Bachelor's of Science, Agriculture Education (2007)

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Audrey Denney:

Inadequate highways, dangerous rural roads, poor cell or internet service, and aging water systems plague most of our district. Our crumbling infrastructure puts us at an economic disadvantage and threatens lives. I will fight to secure federal funding for highway and water infrastructure improvement and encourage public and private investment in communications infrastructure.


PRIORITIES:

  • Improve revenue to the Highway Trust Fund, and secure grants from the Fund, for highway renovation and expansion in the North State
  • Improve and encourage public and private investment (through direct investment and incentives) in internet and cell phone infrastructure, especially in rural areas, including wireless options
  • Support rural broadband in the planned national infrastructure enhancement and incorporate broadband expansions through USDA Rural Development programs and the Rural Utilities Service
  • Work directly with local municipal and transit districts and county bodies to gather information and ensure citizens’ most critical needs are being addressed quickly and efficiently
What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Audrey Denney:

Everyone deserves access to high-quality healthcare when needed. No one should be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, or go bankrupt because of health issues. As your Representative in Congress, I will fight to protect and expand Medicare for All and decrease prescription drug costs. I will work to increase funding for the specific health issues in the North State, including rural health and lack of access to specialists. I will promote solutions to keep our health care dollars in our district to support preventive care and improve access to high-quality medical, mental health, and addiction recovery services.


PRIORITIES:

  • Guarantee high-quality healthcare for all Americans through Medicare for All
  • Build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and support new protections to immediately assist those suffering the burden of excessive healthcare costs
  • Decrease prescription drug costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies
  • Protect a woman's right to full family planning and women's healthcare services, including safe and legal abortion
  • Increase funding for public health investments aimed at improving health and decreasing long-term healthcare costs
  • Improve access to mental health and addiction recovery services
  • Support critical access hospitals that provide lifesaving care and treatment for rural north state communities and keep the doors of rural hospitals open by enacting legislation like the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017
  • Improve access to telehealth services in rural communities
  • Encourage more health care providers to serve in remote rural and underserved communities by expanding student loan forgiveness programs for providers serving in these regions
Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Audrey Denney:

From our nation’s founding, to today, immigrants have played a crucial role in the growth and success of our nation. Whether first generation immigrants or tenth generation, American families celebrate the stories of those who came to this country looking for a better life. It is time that our immigration system reflect the value immigrants have always had to our nation. An effective immigration system does not create cruelty, but prevents it.

PRIORITIES:

  • Pass the DREAM Act and ensure that our dreamers, who came to this country as children, receive their US citizenship
  • Provide a path for legalization of immigration status for the millions of immigrants already living and working in our nation, who came to this country, inspired by our ideals
  • Support the institution building work of the State Department to improve conditions in Latin America
  • Simplify and streamline agricultural visas, and other work visas for jobs American companies cannot find workers to fill. These programs should allow options for short-term flexibility among seasonal operations while providing long-term stability for both employees and employers
  • Reform our immigration system to facilitate family reunification and protection of asylum seekers

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $1,001,628

Top contributors that gave money to support the candidate, by organization:

1
Employees of St. Cross Episcopal Church
$9,300
2
Employees of Enloe Medical Center
$7,375
3
Employees of Armanico Llp
$5,600
3
Employees of Breast Cancer Prevention Partners
$5,600
3
Employees of Domain
$5,600
3
Employees of GlobaliD
$5,600
3
Employees of Kleiner, Perkins, Claufield & Byers
$5,600
3
Employees of Matthews International Capital
$5,600

More information about contributions

By State:

California 93.31%
District of Columbia 2.19%
Maryland 1.58%
New York 0.79%
Other 2.13%
93.31%

By Size:

Large contributions (63.53%)
Small contributions (36.47%)
63.53%36.47%

By Type:

From organizations (5.77%)
From individuals (94.23%)
94.23%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

FOREST HEALTH & FIRE PREVENTION

Summary

 

Audrey Denney understands that climate change is a complex issue, but that its impact is devastating to rural communities and economies. In Northern California, our forests have the potential to benefit us or destroy us. Audrey believes in bringing local stakeholders together, to remove red tape and clear the path for green energy, giving our farmers and foresters access to tools to adapt to changing conditions, and creating healthy forests to protect us from disasters.

 

In Northern California, our forests have the potential to benefit us or destroy us.  Our forests currently are in a state of crisis.  Instead of providing us with necessary natural, social, and economic resources, they have become a public safety hazard. Unfortunately, we can expect to see increased extreme weather conditions that continue to spark catastrophic fires, threaten our communities and claim lives. If we use scientific practices to manage our forests back to their natural state of health – we turn that threat into the center of our environmental and economic prosperity.


PRIORITIES:
  • Support Career and Technical Education (CTE) to prepare or retrain the workforce for forest management
  • Increase public-private partnership in forest management through stewardship contracts, which reduce the cost of forest management, and boost local economies
  • Support for education and implementation of proactive fire control measures, including fuel breaks, controlled burns, and forest thinning
  • Support selective sustainable logging, to restore appropriate density to the forests, and remove excess and dead trees
  • Support education and implementation of scientifically proven forest management strategies that provide for the diversity of species and ages of trees in the forest, reducing the chance of massive die-off from disease or pest outbreaks
  • Create economic incentives and remove barriers for new industry utilization of woody biomass removed from public land

When we manage our forests to protect and restore our watershed ecosystems – we achieve a multitude of benefits. Recharged groundwater, improved water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, valuable timber, livestock forage, and other forest by-products.  Forest restoration and management provides quality jobs to local people and boosts our rural economy. I would strongly advocate for focused federal funding and streamlined oversight and for local experts to be involved in managing our forests for multiple uses, including sustainable logging, wildlife, tourism, recreation, and rural jobs.

HEALTHCARE & RURAL HEALTH

Summary

 

Every American deserves access to high-quality, affordable healthcare, and no one should go bankrupt because of illness or be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition. In Congress, Audrey Denney will fight to advance Medicare for All, decrease prescription drug prices, and improve access to quality medical care, mental health services, and addiction recovery for all families, especially those in rural, underserved communities.

 

Everyone deserves access to high-quality healthcare when needed. No one should be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, or go bankrupt because of health issues. As your Representative in Congress, I will fight to protect and expand Medicare for All and decrease prescription drug costs. I will work to increase funding for the specific health issues in the North State, including rural health and lack of access to specialists. I will promote solutions to keep our health care dollars in our district to support preventive care and improve access to high-quality medical, mental health, and addiction recovery services.


PRIORITIES:

  • Guarantee high-quality healthcare for all Americans through Medicare for All
  • Build on the successes of the Affordable Care Act and support new protections to immediately assist those suffering the burden of excessive healthcare costs
  • Decrease prescription drug costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies
  • Protect a woman's right to full family planning and women's healthcare services, including safe and legal abortion
  • Increase funding for public health investments aimed at improving health and decreasing long-term healthcare costs
  • Improve access to mental health and addiction recovery services
  • Support critical access hospitals that provide lifesaving care and treatment for rural north state communities and keep the doors of rural hospitals open by enacting legislation like the Rural Hospital Access Act of 2017
  • Improve access to telehealth services in rural communities
  • Encourage more health care providers to serve in remote rural and underserved communities by expanding student loan forgiveness programs for providers serving in these regions

RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE

Summary

 

Dangerous roads and highways, poor cell or internet service, and aging water systems plague most of our district. Our crumbling infrastructure puts us at an economic disadvantage and threatens lives. In Congress, Audrey Denney will fight to secure federal funding for highway and water improvement throughout the district and encourage investment in rural communications. Improving our infrastructure is the first step to revitalizing our rural economy, and increasing access to resources for everyone in our district.

 

Changes in climate as well as lack of appropriate policy action have led to devastating losses to life, property, and our local economy in California’s first district. Last year, 93 people died in our district in two devastating and historic wildfires. Forest-based industry in our district has been constricted by a lack of federal funding for forest management and overly-restrictive federal policies. The 11 counties of the north state that make up our district are rich in natural resources and natural beauty. Half of the land area of our district is federal public land, badly in need of management, while our communities suffer from levels of poverty and unemployment much higher than the rest of the state.

The forests of our district have become increasingly unhealthy in the last decade and are now at the point of posing a critical threat to our communities. Years of drought, as well as destructive beetle infestations have left a high percentage of dead trees, fuel for wildfires. We have been experiencing longer hotter fire seasons with devastating effect. Policy has also played a role in the current crisis. In the 1850s, healthy fire-adapted California forests hosted 50-80 trees per acre, whereas today our forests host an unsustainable 300-400 trees per acre. This has been caused not only by climate change, but also by 100 years of forest mismanagement and the unintended consequences of environmental policy and fire suppression policy. Application of the Endangered Species Act has limited access to whole areas of forest where critical management practices are needed. Clear-cutting of trees, and replanting with a uniform stand of the same or few species has reduced the natural ability of the forest to regenerate and made beetle infestations spread more quickly. Our communities are bearing the risk of these dangerous forest conditions, without being given the opportunity to be a part of the solution.

Climate change is a complex and multi-layered issue, but its impact is devastating. While our communities are suffering from the effects of climate change, we also see farmers in the midwest suffering from droughts and floods, increasingly powerful storms throughout the country including tornados, winter storms, and hurricanes, and rising sea levels in Florida. A recent government study involving 13 federal agencies, predicts that through the course of this century climate change will cause our economy and agricultural production to fall, ending at a point 10% less than our current national economy.  

There is no one approach that will solve this emergency for us. A web of approaches are necessary, which bring diverse local stakeholders together for shared solutions-oriented planning (environmentalists, forest industry, local government, tribal government, etc.), which invest in and mobilize local people both in career and technical education as well as public-private partnerships in land stewardship, and which streamline and expedite regulatory hurdles and increase local control.

We must work to clear pathways for green energy technologies to compete in the marketplace by removing the red tape that impedes innovation and favors traditional energy options. We can Improve coordination of permitting and oversight at the federal, state and local levels in order to accelerate the implementation of clean energy projects that modernize our power grid and encourage investment in these technologies that create jobs.

My policy priorities for combating climate change and developing our rural economy focus on three critical approaches: mitigation, adaptation and resilience.

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