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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election
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Cámara de Representantes del los Estados UnidosCandidato para Distrito 29

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Michael R. Guzik

Conductor de vehículos compartidos
3,373 votos (3.5%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • La vivienda como un derecho: terminar con la falta de vivienda, control de alquileres para inquilinos de apartamentos y casas, así como vivienda asequible para todos.
  • Cuidados de la salud para todos, que incluye disminuir el costo de los medicamentos recetados.
  • Apoyar el Green New Deal para abordar el cambio climático al reducir las emisiones, avanzar hacia la energía renovable y afrontar el problema del racismo ambiental en nuestras comunidades.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Conductor de vehículos compartidos
Administrador de propiedades, Macerich
Gerente general auxiliar, The Festival Companies: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
Gerente general auxiliar, CIM Group
Gerente de operaciones de área, Dave and Buster's
Representante de Alumnos de la Junta Escolar de la Asociación de Padre, PTA de Illinois — Cargo elegido
Miembro de la junta, BID: Distrito de Mejora Comercial de Crenshaw — Cargo designado
Miembro de la junta, Comité de Cierre de Calles de Hollywood — Cargo designado
Conductor de vehículos compartidos, Lyft (actual)

Educación

Northern Illinois University Licenciatura en Bellas Artes, Teatro: diseño y tecnología ()

Biografía

 

Ever since I was a kid, I could see there was such a thing as white privilege.  Although it took me years to understand what it was, I have always been one to stand up for everyone.  Especially those in need.  To my early years playing baseball I understood that the team could only be as good as the sum of its parts.  Similar values where instilled in me as a member of the Boy Scouts.  Serving others was something that I was emulating from my parents. 

Whether it was serving in local PTA, Chicago Region PTA, Illinois PTA State Board, and currently teach leadership development classes at the Illinois and National PTA conventions, my parents have served in PTA for 40+ years. I served as one of two Illinois PTA State Board High School Student Representatives for two years.  This is where I was introduced to the way our government worked.  Aside from my paper route, my first job was as a lifeguard for the Chicago Park District.  This was my job throughout high school.  Being a union member at such an early age really instills in you the value and need there is for organized labor.      

My parents both served on the boards of the various churches we were members of throughout the years.  Watching my parents produce, direct and star in several plays at our churches over the years made me want to get on stage. 

I was a part of Explorer Troop 2960 for 6 years, starting in 7th grade, where we traveled around to various retirement homes and lodges to perform Broadway shows for the elderly.  We also put on a yearly show to raise money for our Troop.  From there I decided to pursue my college degree in Theatre Design and Technology from Northern Illinois University. 

After I left for college my Mom began to also volunteer her time at the Field Museum of Natural History.  She just celebrated her 25th year as a volunteer at the museum.  My Dad only has 15 years under his belt.  While my Mom volunteered all her time and made money selling Avon my Dad worked for the City of Chicago for 29 years and then the CTA for 6 years after serving in Korea with the Army. They were always showing my sister and I what it means to serve others. 

It was Halloween 2002 when I started my career in Real Estate Management.  I worked my way up Macerich to end up training at Stonewood Center in Downey for a period before being sent to the Mall of Victor Valley in Victorville.  It was there that I oversaw a $10M mall renovation project that included raising the old theatre and building the first stadium theatre in the High Desert.  Becoming Property Manager of the Mall of Victor Valley was the first position in which I was interviewed by the press and worked with all the key stakeholders in the community in order to see our project through with the necessary community support and city approvals. 

I enjoyed going through this process as it began my career towards politics.   Ensuring that you have the local police, firefighters, and all other city agencies working in partnership is key to what these projects need to come in on time and within budget.  An effective government, no matter where, serves the people.

I encountered and engaged in another ideal situation where I was able to represent my company to Council District 8, the CRA – Community Redevelopment Agency, CAC – Community Action Committee, Crenshaw Chamber of Commerce, LAPD, LAFD and was a board member of the BID (Business Improvement District) Board while Assistant General Manager of Baldwin Hills Crenshaw.  I also oversaw the renovation of the Magic Johnson Theatre into stadium theatres along with one XD screen that was done as a part of the $35M mall property renovation.  Working with all the different community organizations gave me a greater perspective and understanding of what my job needed to be as I was constantly out in the neighborhoods listening to the community.

I again found my way back into politics when I joined CIM Group as Assistant General Manager for Hollywood and Highland.  I was able to work with both CD4 and CD13, CRA, BID, LAPD, LAFD, Mann’s Chinese Theatre, as a voting member of the CD13 Street Closure Committee and Hollywood Walk of Fame repair committee.  I saw another level of security while being the Hollywood and Highland on site property contact for the 86th Academy Awards.  The appreciation and new-found respect I have for the Oscars and the undertaking they pull off in amazing fashion every year is beyond anything else you would see. 

When I joined twitter in 2009, that was the beginning of my engagement as a casual citizen to someone who was considering running for office.  This isn’t some last-minute decision, even though I acknowledge it was a last-minute decision on my part.  This is 15 years of work I have put in that has continued to compel me to want to run for United States House of Representative for #The29th Congressional District in California.  I feel that I can be an effective leader for the Democratic party and further causes that will be of benefit to all parties and all Americans.  I am ready to serve We The People.

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de 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.?
Respuesta de Michael R. Guzik:

I believe that the Green New Deal will allow for improvements to our infrastructure in the US.  We are at a point where we must act now to combat climate change.  If we do so responsibly we will be able to transform our communities and modernize them as needed.  The ideal financing method would be to tax the rich, wealthy and corporations appropriately.  Pulling us out of wars in which there is no democratic or diplomatic solution will also allow us to invest in America.  I do not see raising taxes on the middle class or the poor as an option until we have Healthcare for all, lower prescription drug costs, tuition free college and erasing current student loan debt.  The 95% of us can no longer support the wealthiest 5%.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Respuesta de Michael R. Guzik:

I support Healthcare for all.  This would include lowering the cost of prescription drug prices.  When you think about those things that we need to care for, that would be physical care, mental care, dental care, vision care & long-term care.  We must take care of all these things so that our children grow up living healthy, happy lives.  And since we are all God’s children, we need to ensure that everyone has the correct and adequate care that is needed for their entire lives.  Prescription drug costs must come down as no one should be making life decisions due to the price gouging.  We need to work toward living healthy lives instead of just trying to stay alive.  A healthy diet and exercise are a big part of living your best life.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Respuesta de Michael R. Guzik:

We must put forth legislation to declare DACA The Dreamers, a path to citzenship immediately. We must make a way for people to come to our country legally as well and have a path for those already in the country, regardless of citizenship status.  This would include the inhumane act of separating families at the border and detaining them with out due process.   

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Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

Growing up in Chicago I attended an elementary school and high school that drew students from across all of Chicago.  I attended schools with students from every ethnic, racial, and economic background, helping to shape the person I am today.  Having an appreciation for those that do not look like you, and yet are no different, is the essence of humanity.

When I was in school, I never had to go through an active shooter drill, and yet my children have been through those drills and will continue to do them every year until they graduate from school.  This made me realize that if I could do something to make this world a better place for my children, and all children, then I needed to do something.  I was therefore compelled to step up for my community and represent The 29th.

As I consider what the job of a Congressman is, the idea that continually comes back to the front is that of working with everyone in the House and those in the Senate to pass laws that are beneficial to all Americans.  For far too long this country has been a very safe and profitable place for only certain people to live in, while neglecting the rest.  I plan to seek out those from all parties to enact legislation.  The more Congress works together, the more that we can accomplish for the betterment of all Americans.  I feel that my platform lays out those items that will have my attention as I look to serve my District with legislation that will bring about positive change in every one’s lives.  I have hope that these items on my platform can be addressed.  However, I feel that the best way to see that the 29th District is taken care of properly is to go and do the work which will benefit everyone in our community, Los Angeles, California and the United States of America. 

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I feel that my platform lays out those items that will have my attention as I look to serve my District with legislation that will bring about positive change in every one’s lives. I have hope that these items on my platform can be addressed. However, I feel that the best way to see that the 29th District is taken care of properly is to go and work with everyone to benefit everyone.

— January 9, 2020 Michael R Guzik

Wondering why I want to be your United States House of Representative for #The29th District of California? Gangster rap made me do it.

— January 9, 2020 Michael R Guzik

Housing is an issue that touches all of us. Whether you are concerned about rent control, affordable housing or the homelessness issue something must be done about this basic human right. With our homeless population we must focus on Services not Sweeps. We must create DACA legislation for our Dreamers and to fix our immigration system. Our Justice system is broken and continually puts non-white people at a disadvantage.

— January 9, 2020 Michael R Guzik

Healthcare is a right for all. No one needs to be making life decisions when it comes to their medication. Prescription drug costs must come down. Please understand I am not anti-vax, I am pro-safe vaccines. No vaccines should be mandatory until proven safe for all. We need equality for all including equal pay while also supporting our LGBTQIA community. There should be no law made that tells a man or a woman what they can or can not do with their body. My body, my choice.

— January 9, 2020 Michael R Guzik

Climate change must be addressed as the world is currently burning. We must make changes to our daily lives in order to begin to reverse the effects. The Green New Deal is the beginning of this process. Creating a whole new industry that will spur union jobs, economic development, $15/hr minimum wage and affordable housing. We must have paid family and sick leave to continue to support the family structure.

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