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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 7

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Jon Ivy

Voting Rights Advocate
14,017 votes (6.6%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Our economy is rigged and we need to fix it.
  • Universal healthcare is a moral imperative.
  • We need to protect ourselves and our families from climate change.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Voting Rights Advocate
Director and Voting Rights Advocate, Voter Access Project (2017–current)
Voter Access Coordinator, California Secretary of State (2015–2017)
Language Analyst, US Air Force (Enlisted) (2009–2014)

Education

UC Davis School of Law Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Law (2020)
Excelsior College, Albany, NY Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History (2015)
Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA Associate of Arts (A.A.), Chinese Mandarin (2012)

Community Activities

Outreach Coordinator, King Hall Disability Rights Law Association (2017–current)
Secretary, King Hall Women's Law Association (2018–2019)

Biography

I'm a progressive Republican who is seeking office to help reform the Republican Party, change politics in America, and take care of working-class voters. I'm from Northern California and have spent my life working hard jobs next to other hardworking Americans.

I'm 33 years old. When I was 23, I joined the United States Air Force and served for five years as an enlisted Airman. Since then, I've been working in elections management for the California Secretary of State, and I've gotten involved in Voting Rights Advocacy. For the last couple of years, I've been directing the Voter Access Project, and I've also been attending law school at UC Davis's King Hall, studying governmental and constitutional law.

I care a great deal about this world and about the people in it, and so I've dedicated my life to serving my community, my state, and my country.

There is nothing we can't do, if we do it together. I believe in government, and I think our current government can work better. Let's make it work for us.

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 Jon Ivy:

I support the Green New Deal and increasing federal spending to improve our infrastructure nationwide.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Jon Ivy:

Universal healthcare is a moral imperative. I support Medicare for All, and specifically Bernie Sander's Bill (S.1129); it is the most cost-effective, efficient, and fiscally sound way to provide universal healthcare throughout America.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Jon Ivy:

I would support a plan that provides for comprehensive reform of our immigration system. Anyone who is already living in our country should be granted citizenship. The byzantine, unfair, and cruel immigration and naturalization system should be completely rethought. ICE should be abolished. And America should be taking on more refugees than any other country. To make up for our recent immoral behavior, such as seperating families at the border, we should attempt to go "too far" in welcoming people to our country. Maybe in 50 years we can talk about border security again without extreme shame. 

Questions from The Sacramento Bee (3)

In an era of polarized politics, which issues show the most promise for bipartisan agreement?
Answer from Jon Ivy:

No. That's not how any of this works. We have to stop pretending that this machine that collects billions of dollars in "contributions" cares about policy.

If someone doesn't want to do their job in Congress and chooses to obstruct our policy goals, we find out where they live, and we support a primary or general election opponent that will get things done. I don't care if they are a Democrat or a Republican, if they are taking bribes from giant corporations to obstruct our Congress, then a progressive Republican can beat them, and that's what we'll do. We'll beat them.

There isn't a single part of my platform that shouldn't get full bipartisan support. There is no compromising with corrupt politicians. We have to win elections.

 

Should the federal government help California with its homelessness problem? If so, how? If not, why not?
Answer from Jon Ivy:

Programs that build public housing and provide assistance to put people in homes are useful tools for combating homelessness. And so I support fully funding and expanding such programs at the federal level.

We must also tackle our housing crisis and record-level wealth inequality. These systemic problems lead to homelessness and economic failure for more and more Americans each year. These problems need a local, state, and federal response. 

Here in California, the Democratic Party has failed to give a good response to these systemic issues. We are facing record levels of homelessness and displacement. If Congress can find a way to move forward, then it should, while also encouraging California’s government to do its job.

Should federal income taxes be reduced again? If so, for whom? If not, why not?
Answer from Jon Ivy:

We should implement a wealth tax to recover unpaid income taxes from the world's richest people and the world's richest multinational corporations. They've openly moved money overseas through shady accounting methods to avoid taxes, and it's time to make them pay up. Workers should not be paying higher tax rates that the world's richest people.

The latest attack on workers comes from the neoliberal idea of "expanding the tax base." Instead of raising taxes on the rich, California has led the way on raising taxes on working class people. We don't want that same trend in Congress. Over the last 40 years, America's rich have seen their wealth skyrocket, while wages for the rest of us have remained the same. It's time for the rich to pay their fair share. 

Who gave money to this candidate?

Contributions

Total money raised: $15,050

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

1
Jon Ivy
$9,400
2
Employees of State of California
$2,500
3
Ivy, Barry D
$-2,250
3
Ivy, Pauline K
$-2,250

More information about contributions

By State:

California 100.00%
100.00%

By Size:

Large contributions (99.00%)
Small contributions (1.00%)
99.00%

By Type:

From organizations (0.00%)
From individuals (100.00%)
100.00%
Source: MapLight analysis of data from the Federal Election Commission.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Jon Ivy is a progressive.

He believes in economic justice, liberal democracy, and the preservation of human rights. He believes in the promise of freedom and the ideals of the American experiment.

He believes in free access to universal healthcare. We are one of the richest nations to ever exist, no one who is sick should be left without care.

He believes in fighting climate change and that America needs to take the lead on facing current climate emergencies such as wildfires and floods.

He believes that black lives matter and that a belief in American ideals must include responsibility for America's clear and unacceptable historical and present systems of racism. He believes in criminal justice reforms, including ending the failed 200-year experiment of prisons, and building alternative systems of rehabilitation and justice.

He believes that all immigrants, whether refugee, entrepreneur, or laborer, have the same right to the American Dream as any of us. He believes that America has a moral obligation to fight xenophobia, fascism, white supremacy, and Nazism.

He believes that love is love and that homophobia has no place in a decent society. He believes that transgender rights are human rights.

He believes in a Moral America that provides for protection of Women's Rights, including equal economic opportunities, protection from sexual violence, and free access to abortion.

He believes in an efficient and effective government that does its job.

Videos (2)

— January 10, 2020 Jon Ivy for Congress

Video from Jon Ivy for Congress explaining what his idea of a "Progressive Republican" is. The video includes a basic introduction to Jon Ivy's campaign, his background, and then a brief look at his progressive platform. More of the platform can be found online at JonIvy.com/platform.

— January 10, 2020 Jon Ivy for Congress

An introduction to Jon Ivy's views about this campaign and why he's running here in the 7th District.

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