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Tuesday June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 1

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Jeff Gerlach

Technology Consultant
4,958 votes (2.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Interrupt the two party acrimony in Washington DC
  • Work to bring Wall Street reform
  • Demand an audit of the National Security Infrastructure and budget.



Profession:Technology Consultant
Technology Consultant, Self Employed (2003–current)


California Lutheran University BA English Literature (current)
California Lutheran University Bachelor Of Arts English Literature , Literature, Drama and Communication (1986)

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Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of California Education Fund and California Counts, a public media collaboration. (4)

Should immigration laws be changed?  What changes would you support?  Please explain why.
Answer from Jeff Gerlach:


A migrant workforce has always been a staple to the American economy. Many that have come here and are working are not in compliance with current laws governing their stay here. These people need to be normalized, pay taxes and carry required insurance like the rest of us. Citizen ship is not part of mandatory normalization. If a person has strong desires to become an American Citizen and is willing to learn and become their civic duty as a citizen, a path to citizenship should be made available to them.


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 Jeff Gerlach:


I am uniquely qualified among all candidates to solve this problem. Being an Independent and self-funded, I will be free from obligations or pressure to join the two party feuding. That acrimony is the root of the problem in Washington and creates the dysfunction that we see so much of today.


As an independent I will be able to attend to the caucus of both parties while avoiding the restrictions of either caucus. This will be an advantageous position where my history as a technical solutions expert will be available to find reasonable compromises to hard questions.


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 Jeff Gerlach:


The national security apparatus is out of control. We spend 1 Trillion dollars a year on National Security. A large portion of that is not auditable, because the agencies refuse to tell Congress how the funds are spent. I would propose that we cut any funds that refuse an audit.


In general we need to dial back that spend on foreign affairs and reevaluate our return on investment regarding how we go about national security. We waste entirely too much money and that money would be better spent on veterans health care, infrastructure and education at home.


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 Jeff Gerlach:


I am in favor of the proposed Sites Reservoir project. It is a diversion project and is the best bet to support the health of the river. I oppose the Delta Tunnels.


There are 75,000 damns in America. The Federal Bureau of Reclamation has overdone damn building in the last century. The federal government has to define criteria to assess damns across the county for safety viability and river health. It’s likely many should come down. Other will prove well worth the efforts to sustain.


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The League of Woman Voters Candidates Forum at Chico State University May 3 2016

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